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    Revit.pat and pattern standards

    We are moving towards a CSI based naming convention for materials, with names like 04 22 CMU (8X16) Running Bond.
    I am making PAT files that match for those things like brick and block that can't be defined internally. ANd there is discussion of trying to match up model patterns with material names across the board. However, all the patterns included in the Revit.pat file use poor naming, so I am tempted to either update that file, or just delete most everything and have users load anything they need that isn't included in the template. We just don't want anyone using Diagonal Down any more. It is meaningless, and not BIM in the same way that Wide lines aren't BIM.

    So, anyone gone down this road? Did you revise the naming but leave a bunch of common patterns in Revit.pat? Or did you strip Revit.pat and use a library of independent files?

    Thanks,
    Gordon
    Pragmatic Praxis

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    Yes, we have. We use patterns AND line styles based on the OBJECT type, much as you are describing. Its "Cabinet-Plan Rep" and not "Dash." And its Masonry-Brick-Cut, not Diagonal Down.

    We still use a common pat file that originated with the Revit.pat, but it looks nothing like it. I took a few days and made them closer to NCS stock patterns. We DO still have some generic Drafting patterns for Finish plans that dont have Model Scaled Patterns, but thats really the only place we use them.
    Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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      #3
      I bet you also use a pattern call Hidden for Hidden Lines, rather than Dashed?!
      We also will be keeping some drafting patterns to use as overlays on Finish Plans and Interior Elevations, until we can just print in color to show finish materials.

      Glad to hear I am not going to some road that deadends in a cliff and no place to turn around easily.

      Gordon
      Pragmatic Praxis

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        #4
        I´ve been doing something similar to Aaron (Patterns by material name), and would also suggest it for the new "Style Guide" :beer:
        Klaus Munkholm
        "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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          #5
          FWIW i also did this at my old office when i managed ACA along side Revit. They hated it for twenty minutes, then then loved it. So much easier to know that "Demolished stuff" uses a line type called "Demolished" instead of Dash-Space:1-192 or whatever the hell it was.
          Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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            #6
            Originally posted by Munkholm View Post
            I´ve been doing something similar to Aaron (Patterns by material name), and would also suggest it for the new "Style Guide" :beer:
            Me too. Maybe somewhat over the top, but I also use the SfB-code (would be MasterFormat) on pattern naming for organising purposes...
            Martijn de Riet
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