Revit 2023 – Filter using Phases and Custom Parameter for Council Permission


Software is not always fit for universal purposes because local conditions demand exceptions. In South Africa, for instance, we need to generate drawings that highlight new elements in every view we are required to submit for council, based on category. There may be many ways in which to handle this exception in Revit. One could, for instance, use a visibility graphics override that leverage the phase and a custom parameter to identify elements that can be overridden. This is the method I prefer, but this is not possible when surfaces are painted. Another is to switch out materials or alter the properties of materials. A last option is to override elements individually in a view (which is the default for most operators).

To use the filter method, create a project parameter for the category.

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Now create a filter. Use the custom parameter to isolate the type of material and refine that further to include the phase.

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Whichever method you try, you need to experiment with the type of projects you engage in and decide on a strategy that can be applied to every project. Unfortunately, this is a reality when you have to submit council drawings. Plan for enough time to prepare the views you need to submit. If push comes to shove, then override graphics per element in view, but for the rest of the time try to use data-driven methods to achieve your goals.

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