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Companies that maintain multi-discipline teams will find it useful to be able to use the Duplicate Views method to make duplicates from one "discipline" to another. In the example below we will use (3) power plan views as the basis for creating (3) new fire protection views. Before beginning this exercise, open the Revit Sample file called rme_advanced_sample_project.rvt. This file can typically be found at C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 20xx\Samples.
After Ideate ViewCreator has launched, pick the second method, called Duplicate Views, then pick the "Select Views" button at the bottom. Note that while we can specify the rule from this page, for now we will accept the default rule.
Type "duct plan" in the Search text box to find and select the plans views under the Documentation folder. You will see two views, or four if you have completed the Plans to Level exercise, as shown below.
Select the Next button.
In this project the view names are based on the property values for a custom parameter called "Sub-discipline". A Bonus Rule has been created to support this custom condition. If you have not already done so, follow the steps below to import this rule.
Select the Rule Manage button at the top left of the Preview dialog to access the Manage Rules dialog.
Click the Import button and browse up one level to find this folder: C:\Program Files\Ideate\Ideate Software 2021\IdeateApps\en-US\ViewCreator\Bonus Rules
Select the rule called "Level Sub-discipline", then select Open, and then OK to return to the Preview dialog.
When the rule called "Level Sub-discipline" is selected from within the Preview dialog, the proposed new view names will be "Level x HVAC - Duct Plan" because "HVAC - Duct" is the value for the parameter called Sub-discipline, but our goal is to create new fire protection plan views that have similar grids, crop regions, and view properties. We can make adjustments to the new views by setting override values to the name and/or the view properties.
This rule allows a change to the discipline view property. Select "Plumbing" from the Discipline drop-down.
This rule also allows a change to the custom property called "Sub-Discipline". This is a custom property, so you will need to type the value into the text box. For our fire protection plans, we will use "FP" as the sub-discipline value. Because this parameter is used as a way to organize the project browser, this change will create a new folder under the Documentation folder. Use the tab or return key to update the view names with this value.
The rule adds the word " Plan" as a suffix, automatically. Use the Find and Replace options to substitute "Plan" for "Floor Plan" and notice how the view names update within the preview.
The result will be two (or four) new floor plan views under Documentation>FP as shown below. The new views will match the original views per their crop or scope box size, their grid line display, and any modified properties.
Related topic: Preview Dialog
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