An important part of Autodesk’s Revit program is its ability to schedule information needed for the successful completion of your project. The types of schedules range from a simple collection of objects to sheets of information gathered from the design.
In the past, scheduling required the manual gathering of how many of each type of an object existed. If you where doing a furniture schedule you would have to count each furniture piece you had, allowing for human error in the counting. Now, once we have designed the schedule, the program can collect all chairs that are placed in the design, giving you an accurate count every time.
A sheet list set is another type of schedule. This schedule can collect information from each sheet, including revisions on sheets, who checked the sheet, and several other parameters that are coded into the project. This allows for each person to understand what has changed every time the project has been updated and keeps the flow of information moving properly.
Schedules can be almost anything. Instead of typing “not used” for a keynote schedule the line will not show up if the keynote does not exist. When a family or object is made, you can have parameters report different information into the schedule, keeping the families size, materials finish, etc. from being incorrect when it changes.
When designing a piece of furniture or family in Revit it is important to know what is needed for the schedule beforehand. If a specific material is to be scheduled based on the color of the family then that needs to be added to both the schedule parameters and the family parameters. If length and width of the family is needed, then those parameters need to be programmed into the project.
Scheduling in Revit is a very helpful tool which allows us as designers to create and quantify our design components. There will be less mistakes made in the field, and no change when it comes to ordering and building the components.
-Alex Schleicher, Architectural Designer