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How can I make Revit Schedules look the way I’d like them to look?  I hear this question a lot.  In Revit 2014 there are a couple new options. You’ve been able to change the font in past versions, but now you can now add an image in a schedule, and shading of columns is also possible.  I’ve listed a couple How To’s for you to try.

To shade a column in a schedule:

  1. Open your schedule for editing, select the column header, and a new panel on the toolbar will appear.new panel
  2. Select shading and the color, and that color will be added to the column.shading columns

*this would be ideal for schedule with a lot of columns making it easier to read.

Another Option is adding an image to your schedule. 

  1. Open your schedule and go to properties.  Select Edit Fields in your Properties and another window will open up.
  2. In this window under Available Fields select the Image parameter and Add it to Scheduled Fields. Select OK.

    schedule fields
  3. Now the Image column has been added to your schedule.  schedule
  4. Select in the Image Field and you will see a little box.  Select the box to add your image.
  5. Another window will pop up.  Select Add, choose your image and select OK. Select OK again to add it to schedule.add image
  6. In the schedule you can see the image name that you just added but you cannot see the image until you put it on a sheet.table
  7. Create a new sheet and drag schedule onto the sheet.  You will now be able to see the image in the schedule.finish

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Are you looking for a way to automate scheduling to reduce errors?   Key Schedules are a good way to do that.   Schedules can contain multiple items with same characteristics. For example, a room schedule might have 50 rooms with the same floor, ceiling, and base finishes. Instead of having the tedius task of entering all this information manually for all 50 rooms in the schedule, you can create a key that automatically fills in information.

Speed up your process by using Key Schedules in current schedules:

1.            Open my Room Schedule and decide what information will be used.

room schedule

2.            Next go to View, Create Panel, select Schedules.  Under Category select the type of schedule (I selected rooms f or the Room Schedule), Name your schedule, select Schedule Keys, and name the Key schedule, then select OK.

key schedule

3.            Schedule Properties Window will pop up.  Under “Available fields” select the fields you want to add to the key schedule and select add. After all fields have been added, select ok.

  • Hint:  keep a view of the Room Schedule so you can add the fields in the same order as what is on the Room Schedule


 finish properties


4.            The Room Finish Schedule will be generated and that view will be shown.  Now you will need to add your finish types.  On the toolbar on the Rows panel, select Insert, Data Row.  A row will be added, and a Key Name 1 will appear. Repeat this step as many times as you need for the finishes. Then fill out the finishes.



 5.            Next you will need to add the Key schedule into the Room Schedule.  Open the Room Schedule, go to Properties, and select Fields.  On the left under “Available Fields” select Room Finish (or the name of your Key Schedule) and ADD it to the Schedule Fields.  Select OK.

 schedule add key


6.            The field Room Finish has now been added to your schedule.

room sched. add.

7.            As you select the number of finish you would like, the key schedule will populate the schedule.

6. add key sched in room schedule



 Any questions, please reply to this blog, or contact me at pbeard@seilerinst.com.









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One common approach during Preliminary Design is Design Options, especially in Architectural firms.  Project owners and designers will want to see some alternatives.

How the building will look in plan, section, and 3D view?

What if we move this wall over here?

What if we split this space into two separate spaces?

So how we do that in Revit?

Do we have to have a separate model for that?

No we don’t!   Revit provides tools for developing design options within a single model.  Its functionality allows you to create views that show each option so the designs can be compared.  Once you settle on a design it can be set as the primary and added to the main model.  Doing this will delete the other options that you won’t use. Here is the basic process I follow using design options:

  1. First you must have a main model that includes all the elements you need plus all the elements that will not be affected by the options.   Elements in the main model are always visible by default.  (Optional:  You can create views to show each option separately and pull those views onto sheets.)
  2. Go to the Manage tab, Design Options Panel and select Design Options (also located at the bottom of your screen in the status toolbar).  In the Design Options Window select New in the Option Set area to create a new option set.  (it will automatically create one design option within the set) 1-design opt

3.  Select New in the Options area of the window to create another option.

4.  Start adding elements to one of the two options.  (everything in the  project is currently in the main model)

5.  Select the element you want to add to the new option.  While selected, go to Manage tab, Design Options panel and select the Add to Set button.  The  Add to Design Option Set window will appear.  Check mark the option in which you want the wall to be shown, uncheck the one you do not want it shown in. design option set ***when the item is added to another option is becomes un-selectable within the main model.

6.   Next you will want to add elements into each option, this is called Entering Edit Option Mode.  Easily done by going to the Manage tab,  Design Options panel and selecting the drop down list of Design Options.                    (notice that all elements in the other options no longer can be seen) design option drop down

  1. Now that you are in Option 2, add elements for that Option.  You can add, delete, and modify elements for option 2 in this mode.  To exit the mode go to Design Options drop down list and select Main Model.  (only the primary option will appear by default)


  1. Set up views.  Since you created views to show the different options, you now need to set the visibility of that view to show the appropriate option.  Go to Visibility Graphics (VG), Design Options tab, under Design Option select the drop down arrow and select the Option you would like to show in that view.  This will lock the view to show only the Option selected.  Then drag that view onto a sheet.

design option vg

  1. After all Options have been considered and one selected you may want to delete the other options out of the model.  To do this select Design Options (the dialog box will appear), select the option you want to make primary, then select Make Primary on the lower right under Option.  Next go to Option Set and select Accept Primary.

design option primary

10.  Another window will appear with warnings and confirmations before completing the process.  After deleting the options they will be permanently deleted from the model.  Make sure you no longer need them before completing this step. design option warning

Any questions, please reply to this blog, or contact me at pbeard@seilerinst.com.

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When using Map 3D 2015, or Map 3D commands within Civil 3D 2015, some dialog boxes are not displayed, despite the fact that FILEDIA AND CMDDIA are set to 1.

This causes their message to be displayed on the command line instead of inside a dialog box.  This is caused by missing Map 3D support folders in the file search path.

To work around this issue, make sure the path to the ade.dcl file is set in the Support File Search Path.

To accomplish this, please follow these steps.

  1. On the command line type OPTIONS.
  2. Go to the Files tab and expand the section Support File Search Path
  3. Add the path : C:\program files\autodesk\autocad 2015\map\support\en-us
  4. Apply, and close the OPTIONS dialog box
  5. You must close and restart Map 3D or Civil 3D for these changes to take affect.

After adding this path to the support file search path, the dialog boxes should work as expected.

Any questions, please reply to this blog, or contact me at jcornelius@seilerinst.com.

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The new AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015  has improved engineering workflows with tools that help you maintain more reliable data, respond more rapidly to design changes, and the ability to simplify design tasks.  The new features in this civil engineering design software includes:

Corridor Features

  • Frequency of sampling (target and baseline)
  • Sampling improvements
  • The ability to retain corridor targets when substituting a subassembly

Profile Layout Features

  • The ability to extend  curves and tangents to profile extents
  • Using pass through point to create a free curve
  • The ability to change Parameter Constraints on selected curve
  • The ability to Lock profiles/with notifications that alert users if Horizontal Alignment changes impact Vertical Alignments.

Drafting Features

  • The ability to re-associate various Surface and Alignment labels
  • The ability stagger “Corridor Point” section labels

User Interface

  • The software has improved consistency between the AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD user interface/command set
  • The software has improved graphics, enhanced visual feedback and object selection

Subassembly Composer

The ability to build custom subassemblies more easily. Improvements include:

  • Voids in shapes
  • Axis of Rotation
  • Rail Cant

Geographic Location

Has the new capability to capture and embed Online Map Data (e.g., aerial map information) for offline viewing and plotting

Point Cloud

Point cloud files have improved performance and flexibility.

Interoperability and Data Exchange

  • Export to Keyhole Markup Language (KML)
  • Enhanced export capabilities for DWG and DGN
  • The ability to open and edit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 drawings in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 and 2013 software

This information was derived from


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If you are installing a new version of Autodesk software on a network, you must download and install the latest version of the Network License Manager to successfully activate your software.

To download the latest version, please click on the link below, which will direct you to Autodesk’s download page.


Click on the link that matches your operating system and network type of your server, which will start your download.

Please see the list below for the LMTools versions required for network activation for the corresponding version of AutoCAD or other Autodesk products with the same version.

  • AutoCAD 2015 – Version 11.12
  • AutoCAD 2014 – Version 11.11
  • AutoCAD 2013 – Version
  • AutoCAD 2012 – Version
  • AutoCAD 2011 – Version
  • AutoCAD 2010 – Version 11.5
  • AutoCAD 2009 – Version
  • AutoCAD 2008 – Version
  • AutoCAD 2007 – Version 10.8.0
  • AutoCAD 2006 – Version 10.1.5
  • AutoCAD 2005 – Version 9.2.2
  • AutoCAD 2004 – Version 8.3a
  • ·AutoCAD 2002 – Version 7.1f

Any questions, please reply to this blog, or contact me at jcornelius@seilerinst.com.

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If you are like most designers or engineers, you have probably worked on projects where cut and fill volumes were required on each cross section, and you were the lucky one chosen who had to sit and calculate all the volumes by hand. The problem is, when you finally finished doing the calculations, you found out the 3D model had changed, and it all needed to be redone, starting over again from the very beginning.  Unfortunately, this usually happened multiple times over the length of the project.  Not only did you have to recalculate the volumes, but you also had to update the volume callouts to match the new numbers.

If this has happened to you, and you are looking for a better solution, I can show you, in just a few easy steps, a way to have Civil 3D calculate the volumes, and insert a table on each section that shows the cut and fill volumes, which will then dynamically update whenever the 3D model is changed.

To accomplish this, the first thing that you want to do, is create a section view table, based on how you would like the volumes to show on your cross sections.  This is done by opening the section view module under the settings tab on the toolspace.  Open the node next to table styles, right click on total volume, and choose new.  This will open a dialogue box, allowing you to custom create the table you would like to use for your sections.  Under the information tab, give your style a name and description if you like.  Change the tab to data properties.  Here is where you can pick your text settings, sizes and which volumes you would like to use.  Lastly, go to the display tab, and choose the layers for your new table.  Click on apply and ok, and you are ready to go!

table style  basic data


table style basic display


Once your section view table is complete, you may choose the compute material button 1 of 2 different ways, either by clicking on a section view and choose compute material in the launch pad in the ribbon, or switching to the analyze tab, and choose compute material in the volumes and materials panel.  This will bring up a dialogue box that allows you to pick an alignment and sample line group from the drawing.

compute materials 

select sample line group


Once you choose your settings, click ok, and the compute materials list dialogue box opens.  Next, pick your quantity takeoff criteria from the list, and the volume calculation method that you would like to use.  Set the existing and proposed surfaces you would like in the section below.  Once you have the settings completed, it is time for the next step.

edit material list

You are now ready to create your cross sections.  When you choose create multiple section views, you will notice that section view tables is no longer grayed out.  This is because we have already computed the materials list. When you get to this section, please choose total volume for the type of table, and your custom table for the style.  Click the add button on the right.  This area also lets you choose the position where you would like the table to be located based on the section view.

volume table basic

Click on create section views, and they will now have tables attached.

section with basic table


Below is another example of a volume table customized for your standards.

section with table

Don’t worry if you forget to add the table when creating the views.  It is easy to add them later if needed.  To accomplish this, highlight an existing section view.   In the ribbon, click on view group properties, and under the section view tab, click on the change volume table ellipse (the small button that looks like a dice).  Choose the table to add to the sections and hit ok. This will also allow you to change the location of the table on existing sections, if needed.

section view group properties

Just by accomplishing these few simple tasks, you will have cut and fill volumes located on each of your cross sections, that will dynamically update if the 3D model changes, and give you more time to devote to other projects.

Any questions, please reply to this blog, or contact me at jcornelius@seilerinst.com.

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