Solving the Revit Floor Tag Area Issue

So when working in Revit I get asked if there is a way to create a floor tag that sees the area and adds it to the tag. Unfortunately out of the box this can’t happen for whatever reason but our Pro-Revit Content Admin Kit does.

Floor Tag

It will require you to create a shared parameter and a tag based on that shared parameter and then using our Content Admin Kit you can create a simple rule to grab the values and place it into your shared parameter.

If the floors change in size all you need to do is select our Update tool and the values update. Hopefully in a future version we can get it to update automatically but at least this solves a major hurdle that a lot of people have ran into.

Watch the video to see the steps: LINK

Download out tools here to try it yourself: LINK

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Revit Floor/Slab Edge

In this click saver I want to talk about something that a client recently brought up about displaying a Floor/Slab edge a certain way. In a plan view they wanted to create a view for documentation and coordination on where the Floor/Slab edge was. In the out of the box view this will not show by default.


First thing to fix is the View Range, depending on where your elements are in elevation depends on how much you might need to change the “Bottom” range and the “View Depth” range. My example here I have change them to -2’-0” and -5’-0”.



With changing this some elements might start showing others will not. For myself the Floor/Slab still isn’t showing so I need to change some other values in Revit.

For my example the walls are the biggest element that is covering up the Floor/Slab edge. To get started I will select one wall and right-click and select “Override Graphics in View” and choose “By Category”.


Here I will change the Projection Lines, Surface Transparency, and Cut Lines values. For the lines I will change out the line weight to “1” and for the surface transparent I will make it 100%.


Now we are getting somewhere but we are not done. The doors and windows I want to lighten them up and also get everything halftone so the Floor/Slab edge really stands out. Type in VG and let’s make some changes, use the Shift Key to speed up the selection, see below. Repeat this process on the “Projection Lines”.


The last thing that most people like to do is make the walls, doors, and windows be halftone. Type in VG again and select those categories and check mark the Halftone box.


Now you can very easily see the Floor/Slab edges for documentation or coordination purposes.


Look forward to seeing you onsite at your firm or in class, Jarod

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Dynamo for Building Performance Analysis

Dynamo for BPA

Have you checked out Dynamo recently? Last year we featured a few posts on the computational design tool, but this year there were a slew of new developments, especially with respect to building performance analysis workflows, we decided to tie off the year with an update.

Who this is for: Architects, Engineers, Programmers, and Designers

Dynamo is a visual programming platform for BIM, specifically it’s an open sourceplatform for Revit and Vasari. There’s really no end to what you can do with Dynamo. Just check out their new gallery.  Applications range from automatic shading design to modeling a woven basket in Revit.

Now, there’s “Energy Analysis for Dynamo.” Leveraging the Autodesk Dynamo, Revit, and Building Performance Analysis teams, Thornton Tomasetti was able to enable parametric energy modeling and whole building energy analysis workflows for Dynamo. Users can simply download the “Energy Analysis for Revit” package via the Dynamo Package Manager and start doing parametric whole building energy analysis, configuring the Revit/Vasari model, and interpreting results from the analysis. More information on Thornton Tomasetti’s blog.

Read More Here

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