Mastering the scheduling tools in Revit MEP 2012 will enable you to easily extract any information from your projects. Schedulescan be created and used on any of your Revit projects to establish consistency on construction documents and ease of data management for specified model objects.
Although there are different types of schedules, depending on their use and the items with which they are associated, the tools for creating a schedule in Revit MEP 2012 are similar for whatever type of schedule you are creating. Because schedules are essentially a view of the model, the tools are located on the View tab of the ribbon. Figure 7.1 shows the different types
of schedules that can be created by clicking the Schedules button.
Clicking the View List or Sheet List option will take you directly to the View List or Sheet List Properties dialog box, where you can begin creating your schedule. Clicking the Schedule/Quantities or Material Takeoff option will take you first to a dialog box that allows you to select the Revit object category that you want to schedule. The Note Block option takes you to a dialog
box where you can select the annotation family that you want to schedule.
In the New Schedule dialog box, you can define whether you are creating a schedule of building components or a schedule key. You can also set the project phase of the schedule view.
The project phaseis an important property of schedules because only the objects in the model that belong to the same phase as a schedule will appear in that schedule. The name that you give your schedule is what will appear in the main header of the schedule when it is placed on a drawing. If your drafting standards dictate that the text should be in all capital letters, you will
need to retype the name even if it is correct. The same check box that appears in the Visibility/Graphic Overrides dialog box for showing the categories from all disciplines is also available in the New Schedule dialog box. This allows you to select items that are not MEP objects and may
not even exist in your model. You can schedule items within any Revit files that are linked into your project. Figure 7.2 shows a sample of the New Schedule dialog box with settings to build a Space schedule.
One of the choices is to create a Multi-Category schedule. This type of schedule is for objects that are in different categories but have common parameters. Figure 7.3 shows an example of a Multi-Category schedule. Notice that the Finish Color parameter is used in the schedule even
though not all objects have that parameter.
Once you have established the initial settings and chosen a category, clicking OK will open the Schedule Properties dialog box. This dialog box has five tabs across the top that have settings to define the behavior and appearance of your schedule. When scheduling Space or Room objects, there is an additional tab for building an embedded schedule within the schedule you
are creating. It is good to move through the tabs sequentially, establishing the settings in each tab before moving to the next. The first two tabs let you determine what information will be scheduled, while the last three enable you to control how the data will be displayed and the graphical appearance of the schedule when placed on a drawing.