Rina’s Random Revit-isms – Lite Lite Baby

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Rina’s Random Revit-isms

This is a series of Revit tips and war stories inspired by my daily experiences working with the software. Which brings me to the topic of today –

Lite Lite Baby

In this COVID-19 era of working remotely, certain things register in my mind a lot more clearly than they would have in the controlled chaos and chaotic control of the office. Today a question about purging a family out of a project (the reason for this will feature in a future post) reminded me of repeated battles with project teams which I fondly refer to as the Battle Of The Purge

Picture this. Project is underway – slow, sluggish, crashing, glitching. Takes forever to load, save, sync. Recommendation – Purge ruthlessly. Response – This is the stuff we need! We don’t want to reload families!! We can’t and won’t purge!!!

After adding all my spare change to the closest Swear Jar, here are my thoughts –

1) Your Project Template/Project file is not a dump for just-in-case stuff. Load what you need. Dump the rest. Lite Lite Baby

2) A purge for the health of the model does not have to involve the Purge Unused tool. You can and must at least do a selective purge. Remember – you can tell Revit to do exactly what you want and it will oblige.

3) What would a strategy for a Selective Purge of unused and redundant families be?
File>>SaveAs>>Library.
Save the families to your project folder. THEN right-click on the family name in the Project Browser. Victoriously delete. Revel in your newly svelte Lite model.

Post By- Rina Sahay

About the Author-

Rina Sahay received her B.Arch. from Chandigarh College of Architecture, and her M.Arch. from the University of Michigan. She is an Autodesk Expert Elite Team member and a Revit Certified Professional. As the Architectural BIM Manager for Fishbeck, she is responsible for creating and maintaining BIM standards; project support and troubleshooting; training and onboarding; and production of construction documents for a variety of projects. Other hats that she wears are teaching Revit and Architecture at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, regularly judging the Skills USA State Architectural Drafting competition; and currently serving as the Chair of the Kent Career Technical Center Advisory Board.