I have a few best practices that I follow to help me keep my schedules organized and easy to understand. They aren’t complicated but can add a lot of information and really help to clarify what a schedule or parameter is for and how it’s supposed to be used. I recommend having an office standard for these types of things that are pre-set in your template(s).
Schedule Browser Organization
Browser Organization for schedules was added in the 2018.3 release, which allows you to sort schedules. You can create a custom parameter, similar to the one used for views and sheets (i.e. ScheduleGroup) and organize by Working/Printing/Presentation or even by phase.
Below is a list of the available parameters to group your schedule by. The custom project parameter ScheduleGroup is the only one that is not OOTB.
Working and Printing Schedules
Throughout this series, I have shown using color to differentiate between parameters used for managing your schedules and information vs. those used to display information on your sheets. Having both working and printing schedules can aid with this. Just like we have working and printing model views, I advocate for using the same practice for schedules.
Color for Clarity
Color in schedules has been mentioned as part of a variety of workflows. In general, color is great to quickly identify a particular category of parameter.
- Headers: quickly identify working vs. printing schedules.
- Columns: Colors for sorting parameters, key value parameters, calculated values, etc.
- It’s good to have some office standard for this so that everyone knows what the colors indicate.
- Conditional Formatting: Using your schedules to identify specific design issues automatically.
Next up, Part 8 – Additional Tips & Tricks to help you continue to push your schedules to the next level. Until then, Happy Reviteering.
Purvi is the Practice Manager for Architecture, where she supports the integration of software and technology in the building trades. Previously, she was a preservation project architect, where she specialized in using innovative technology to facilitate the documentation and rehabilitation of institutional buildings. Purvi has 15 years of experience in the architecture industry and 10+ years of Revit experience working with existing buildings (most of them also historic), and she has used Revit from conceptual design, through construction administration and project close-out. She has a Bachelors of Architecture from The Cooper Union and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Purvi is currently the Chair of the Parker Gray Historic District Board of Architectural Review in Alexandria, VA, and a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International Technical Committee on Documentation.
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