FAMILIES – WHY ARE THEY SO IMPORTANT?

  • Projects rely heavily on families. If we were to document a project and only had system families to use (like walls, floors, ceiling, topography, stairs and ramps), excluding railings of course, we wouldn’t get very far. So much of the projects environment is based on library content, whether it’s doors, windows, detail components, profiles, furniture, beam systems, lighting, equipment etc.
  • You can’t create BIM data without families Without families (especially non-system families) we won’t be able to offer comprehensive BIM solutions to our customers. That is why it is so important that the content is made accurately and all data is captured correctly in the appropriate data-exporting fields. Software like Navisworks and Cost-X need certain parameters set-up for the Revit® model to be most useful.
  • Office standards are dictated by families Without good and consistent family standards you won’t be able to set up much system automation in your office. E.g. Filters, View Templates, Schedules, Tagging, symbols, details, keynoting etc.
  • Project file stability , accuracy & performance is affected by the quality of families This is widely known by experienced Revit Managers and Autodesk support technicians.
  • Content….. Good quality content is STILL hard to find. Some people have said to me that it’s not possible to predict everything an office will need. And it’s true…. But in my experience – you can come pretty close. Much of the content can be preempted whether it is generic or project specific and I believe it’s best if content is made before hand and is ready for drafters to simply use. (Project specific content can be a bit trickier to anticipate too far in advance) Small offices may not be able to follow this approach, but could over time form a stable and consistent library.
  • Training….. Regular and good quality family training can still be hard to find and can be seen as a luxury, an optional extra, by Management. (This is an all too common implementation pitfall that can have costly ramifications)
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