ARUtils and Parameters

June 7, 2017

Hi All,


Recently I have been discussing parameters with a client and realised just how many ways there are of improving your Revit workflows with Parameters using ARUtils. Sometimes the many solutions that ARUtils offers can make finding the right command time consuming. You can of course just contact us with your problem for some guidance, alternatively the following may prove to be of assistance.


Updating values in your project:

  1. Import / Export Anything
    Of note is the ability to update family parameters based on their name and type. Most other 3rd party routines rely on unique identifiers to link the excel and project files; these can vary from one Revit file to the next. By using this facility you can update the Type Marks of families across multiple project files. E.g., the family “Task Chair | Secretary” needs to have its type mark changed to “CHSec” in a number of project files. With ARUtils this is simple. Show me how

  2. Import / Export Formatted - A highly formatted export from Revit.

  3. Import / Export Rooms - Work with rooms

  4. Import / Export Sheets - Work with drawing sheets

  5. Import / Export Views - Work with views


Updating values in Families on disk:

  1. Head of the Family
    With Head of the family you can easily set all the values of a parameter to a common value e.g., Manufacturer set to “ACME”.
    Set values on a one by one basis using an Excel control file. Of course you can also add/delete/rename/replace as well. Show me how

View/Display Parameter Values graphically:

  1. Parameter View Creator
    Lets you 3D isolate all families having a common parameter value.

  2. Parameter Value Colouriser
    Apply filters to a view colouring items based on parameter values, e.g., colour items based on the manufacturer. Show me how

  3. Parameter Wall Tape
    Apply a “tape” to walls based on parameter values related to the wall type, e.g., Fire Rating.


Select items by parameter values:

  1. Select by parameter value
    Quickly and easily select all items of a type that have a common value, or a number of common values. AND and OR functionality is supported.

  2. ARFind
    Search for items that have a common parameter value (or name) across item types


Adding parameters to families:

  1. Head of the Family
    Add/Rename/Replace/Delete parameters from families on disk. Swap family parameters with shared parameters. Show me how

  2. Parameter Manager
    Quickly add / delete parameters in all families in your project, embed associated project parameters into families, export shared parameters to a shared parameter file. Show me how


And the rest:

  1. Associate Parameters
    Easily link values of nested/shared families in a family to be revealed in the top family.

  2. Key Parameter Cloner
    Allow Key Parameters to be reported on in schedules

  3. Out of Hours
    When backing up a project you can update embedded parameters to reflect the export time or purpose.

  4. ARUtils parameter delete
    Delete all ARUtils parameters from your project.

  5. Parameter Manager - Manage project and family parameters. Also totally remove shared parameters from your project. Show me how.

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