Thursday, 27 December 2012

Color Schemes in Reflected Ceiling Plans

Color schemes are a great analytical and visualization tool which can be used in floor plan, section and elevation views. Sadly, this functionality has been left out of reflected ceiling plan views. So how do you go about creating a colored ceiling plan?
There are a few of options at your disposal and each has its downfalls.
A) Overlaid Views on a Sheet
Create a floor plan view and turn off everything except rooms, then apply your color scheme. Create a reflected ceiling plan view and set ceilings to 100% transparent. Finally, overlay these views on a sheet.
Composite Views
The main drawback with this solution is that you are unable to work in a composite colored RCP view since the final result only exists on a sheet. Activating the RCP view and editing directly on the sheet results in the other view appearing half-toned, so it’s still not a perfect solution.
B) Plan View with RCP Underlay
Create a floor plan view and set the Underlay to Reflected Ceiling Plan orientation for the same level as your view. Set the Color Scheme as desired…
View Properties
…and uncheck the halftone option for Underlays.
(Manage>Additional Settings> Halftone / Underlay)
The result is similar to A) above, but now you can work directly in the colored view since there is no required compositing of views on sheets.
Hacked Colored RCPThe main drawback with this solution is that you are not truly seeing an RCP view, so some features that occur above the cut plane might not show up properly or not at all. For example take a look at the door: the frame should show up at the head in a true RCP view such as in A) above, and is thus incorrectly represented in this “hacked RCP”. Please also note however that Revit represents cut families based on the representation stored in the family itself, so you have to be very careful with object representation even in a regular RCP view (ex: the window has an extended sill, yet that sill shows up incorrectly in RCP views too).
As with all workarounds, there are no perfect solutions, so make sure you understand all the issues before choosing the option that works best for your project. Hopefully the Factory will eventually enable Color Schemes for Reflected Ceiling Plans as well!


Bruce Madsen said...

There is another concern with this work-around. All other underlays will NOT be halftone. If you want halftone underlays in other views, each view will have to be modified with an override.

Dave Baldacchino said...

Correct about the concern. The most efficient way to handle this is to uncheck the halftone setting only when you need to print and turn it back on when done. Some users turn off underlays right away so not having them halftone might not be a big deal. It all depends on how you use the software!