Design engineering projects come in a variety of shapes and forms, but most models have one thing in common: they contain multiple elements, grouped on more than one level.
Complex design projects also imply a great level of detail and much attention to parameters and values of various elements, which combined ensure a steady and robust structure.
Changes made to certain elements during the design process, also require properties of related elements to be updated. While PowerPack for Revit makes these modifications automatically, the need to manually verify parameters might occur.
When that happens, Graitec’s PowerPack for Revit offers the option to select certain elements from the drawing and update the properties list manually. Specific details, like beam or window sizes can also be changed by simply dragging the element, while certain calculations are made in the background.
Furthermore, right-clicking on an element in the drawing opens an exhaustive list of options for changing the orientation, hiding the element from the current view, zooming in or modifying its properties.
However, this manual operation takes up valuable time, and overall might slow down the workflow, depending on the number and type of performed changes.
To aide in the design process, PowerPack for Revit offers the possibility to perform a thorough and instant search inside the Revit project and find specific elements, using complex filters and various criteria.
As a faster alternative to manual search options, the instant search functionality called Element Lookup effectively reduces the time spent finding elements in the traditional way, whether directly on the drawing or inside families of items. Similar to the way regular search functionalities find certain items in a database, GRAITEC’s PowerPack for Revit manages to instantly pull up elements when a number of conditions are met.
Element Lookup is easily accessible from the ribbon, having its own dedicated group. A simple click opens the dialog box containing a slew of options.
Firstly, you will need to select the scope of the search operation, whether inside the whole project, in the current view or in a certain selection.
Secondly, a set of conditions for elements and calculation results must be provided. This is done by picking the element from the long list of items stored in the current project. PowerPack for Revit further speeds up the process by allowing you to type in part of the element’s name and going through a shorter list of suggestions.
Filters narrow down the list of results, elements can be identified by type, for example integer, boolean, string or number. To further narrow down the search, you can set Element Lookup to only display items that meet certain criteria, for example only structural elements with dimension volumes higher than 0.587 cubic meters.
Once the instant search is performed, Element Lookup displays the list of results and also includes property details for each specific item. In the case of highly complex design engineering projects, isolating elements belonging to the same level or floor would provide a more comprehensive view in the drawing.
The isolate feature makes it easy to visually evaluate elements in the drawing and update any changes within the whole project. This streamlines the design process and makes sure the workflow is smooth and speedy, while at the same time increasing productivity.
Since searching for certain elements may become a recurrent operation, Element Lookup offers the tools for saving the current search configuration within the project and accessing search results at a later date.