Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Practical Use of Dynamo BIM - Updating Title Blocks

In this article I want to describe a very practical use of Dynamo BIM.

We often have a situation where we need to update titleblocks. It can be very time consuming to have somebody sit and update the Revision and Issue Status on a 100 drawing sheets. But it has to be done.

With 5 nodes in Dynamo we can make these changes in seconds. Here is our scenario. We have 100 drawing sheets in our Revit model. The issue status is currently Tender.

We need to change this to Construction on all 100 drawings. If it takes about 1 minute to change this manually on each drawing thats 100 minutes. We also run the risk of the modeller getting bored and going for a cup of coffee or mis-spelling on some of the sheets.
This is where Dynamo Bim is our best friend. I can write the program and have the whole job done in under 3 minutes. How mush time and money does that save.

all we have to do is place the nodes shown in the image below into your Dynamo BIM workspace.

Categories: This nodetells Revit to get the Sheet Category

All Elements of Category: This node selects all the sheets in the model.

These nodes are then wired together

Element.SetParameterByName: This  node is wired to the All Elements of Catagory node. It allows us tos pecifiy a parameter, in this case the parameter to change is Issue Status. 

Run the above code. All 100 drawing sheets are changed.

Dynamo BIM can be used for all those time consuming laborious tasks that we don’t like doing. Especially when the pressure is on and we have to get drawings issued.

Where can you learn more. Come along to one of our 1 day Dynamo BIM workshops.
These workshops are held regularly throughout Ireland,UK and ocassionally in the UAE. If you wish to find out more information, please feel free to contact us at info@siscin.ie

If you would like us to run a workshop in your area please contact us and we can organise a workshop.

If you have any questions on anything in this blog or any other blog please feel free to contact me at dan@siscin.ie. 

Dan Deery is the managing director of Siscín. Dan has over 20 years in the construction industry and has been using BIM since the mid 90’s. He also worked as a programmer for a CAD software company. Siscín  specialise in BIM Consultancy, Customisation, training,visualisation and animation for the Infrastructure, Engineering, Construction, Facilities and Architectural industries. Check out our Website www.siscin.ie