Intro to EVOLVE Families

EVOLVE Electrical comes with a family (.rfa) library which contains a mix of generic & manufacturer specific commodities (boxes, fittings, hardware), trade-specific assemblies (panels, racks, hangers), coordination elements (gear, lights, clearances), and more.

There are some main standards that all EVOLVE families adhere to that users should be aware of:sdfsdfsdfs

  1. User-defined parameters are contained under the "Constraints" heading of the family properties.
    1. User-defined parameters refer to any parameter that is intended for user input. This typically refers to Text, Length, and/or boolean parameters.
    2. Within the "Constraint" grouping, parameters will be separated by parameter headings.
      Parameter headings will appear in the following format: "--- Sample Heading ---"
  2. Family naming follows the following syntax:
    Product Prefix: eE = Electrical specific content or eV = Core content (both Electrical and Mechanical)
    Category Prefix: Two-letter abbreviation for a general category. For example HW = Hardware BX = Box
    Element Name: The general name of the family will be written out with "_" between words. For example: Plaster_Ring_Extension_Box
    Example Family name: eE_ASM_BX_4SQ_Plaster_Ring_Extension_Box.rfa
  3. Family Categories: Most families are categorized as Revit Conduit Fittings and are typically un-hosted, which provides users full ability to rotate and place the family in any orientation and position within the model. Other families that do not fall under this condition typically have specific use cases as to needing either a different Revit category (for example Electrical Equipment) and/or placement method (for example, strut fittings are face based so they can attach to strut channel easier). g
  4. Object styles and materials are used throughout EVOLVE content.
  5. For more information on EVOLVE families, click HERE.
  6. For a full list of families are included with EVOLVE Electrical, click HERE.
Important: Typically when modeling with EVOLVE content the Revit view should be in Medium detail. Some families contain additional extrusions that enhance the modeling ability but are only visible in Medium detail.

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Learning Tracks

Level 1 - Fundamentals
This track focuses on the key fundamentals that all users of EVOLVE Electrical should understand.

To begin this track, click HERE.
Level 2 - Modeling
This track focuses on the features and content used to create models with EVOLVE Electrical.

To begin this track, click HERE.
Level 3 - Model Management
This track focuses on the various utilities that EVOLVE offers that help manage and streamline model data.

To begin this track, click HERE.
Level 4 - Deliverables
This track focuses on the features and workflows used to create field and shop deliverables from your model.

To begin this track, click HERE.
Level 5 - Administration
This track focuses on the various administrative functions from managing licensing to workstation and project configurations. This provides the resources for Company Admins and BIM Managers to effectively manage EVOLVE Electrical for their team.

To begin this track, click HERE.

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