I had a question earlier in the week via Linkedin from Marvin, the question was
Ryan, I was wondering if you could tell me how do I split my schedules per level?
It’s a question that crops up eventually for most users, and it’s an easy one to implement.
Tucked away in the list of parameters you can work with is the Level parameter, Simply add it to your list of scheduled parameters. My example will be scheduling plumbing fixtures. I’m scheduling the Family and Type and Level built in parameters as well as a shared parameter that I have created named FixtureAbbreviation.
My schedule lists out all the toilets in my model and is showing me what level they’re sitting on, you can see that I’ve highlighted elements on level 0 in yellow and elements on level 1 in a red-ish colour.
Now I have this information, I have a few different options to work with to separate elements by level. First, I can group my elements by level in a single schedule. To do this I simply open the Schedule Properties dialogue and head to the Sorting/Grouping tab.
From here, choose Level from the drop down list. You can choose to sort the groups in ascending or descending order, insert blank lines between groups or add headers and footers to each group as well. You can see in the example below, the schedule has been grouped by level and a blank line has been inserted splitting the groups.
The other option is to filter by level, when doing this you’re going to create a schedule per level, meaning that any elements that don’t match the filter won’t appear in the schedule. This is great for showing the number of items on a level, in the past I have done this for plumbing fixtures and sprinkler heads.
To filter by the level, head back to the Schedule Properties dialogue and head to the Filter tab. First select the Level parameter and then choose the level you want to filter by.
In this example, I have filtered my schedule by Level 0. You can see that the schedule now only shows those elements located on Level 0.
You can quickly replicate schedules for other levels by duplicating the schedule, renaming it and then changing the level it is filtered by.
When working with schedules, you can filter and sort by almost any parameter available to you, the main exception is also the most annoying one, you can not filter your schedule by your family type name. An easy way to work around this is to utilise another parameter that is consistent for that family type, in my example if I was to filter or sort based on individual plumbing fixture types, I could use my FixtureAbbreviation shared parameter.
Schedules have a lot of uses and are really quite powerful once you get your head around them.