Intro to Spooling

Spooling Overview

We offer a wide range of spooling commands to facilitate your custom workflows. These tools allow for quick creation, dynamic view options, and robust management. All commands are located under the Pre-Fab panel.

These tools deliver the following features:

  • Define Spool - Manually select what will be in the spool. This method supports Fabrication (ITM) and Family (RFA) elements.
  • Define Spool Run - Quickly define spools by selecting the start and end element of a connected run. This element currently only supports Fabrication (ITM) elements.
  • Auto Spool - Define the maximum size of your spool by HxWxL and Weight. Then select the start of the pipe/duct run and eVolve will automatically define spools for the connected system. This element currently only supports Fabrication (ITM) elements.
  • Modify Spool - Ability to seamlessly modify spools by adding/removing/borrowing parts, even from existing spools; and the ability to combine spools.
  • Create Package - Create a mult-service package. Packages typically contain multiple spools and additional parts such as hangers. This feature supports Fabrication (ITM) and Family (RFA) elements.
  • Modify Package - Add/remove elements to existing packages.
  • Remove Package - Delete an existing package. This will clear the package parameter information for the included elements.
  • From the Pre-Fab Manager, you can:
    • Create all needed sheets, views, and schedules
    • Automate time consuming dimensions, numbering, and annotation of spool sheets
    • Automatic placement of spool continuation tags, spot coordinates and slope tags on the spool sheets
    • Define/manage packages

If using eVolve Mechanical in an existing project you will need to either specify your desired view filters/templates for your spool views or utilize the Transfer Project Standards (TPS) feature to transfer in ours provided in the eVolve template. As always, ensure all the appropriate titleblock’s and families are loaded to ensure our tool works optimally.

Video Walkthrough

Spool Settings

As mentioned, our spooling features are completely tailored to your individual standards. Whether you would like to see certain tags on your spool sheets, or want to have your spool status changed when defined, you will find many options available to you in Spool Settings.

Once inside, you will notice the wide range of options available. It is important to note, you can configure any of these settings at any time so feel free to spend time here to learn what each controls.

Settings

These are global options so disabling them overrides the options for each viewport in your spool template
  • Renumber spools when created or modified - This option will use your current renumbering settings to renumber the spooled components.
  • Enable Continuation Tags - Define the tag and path to the RFA. With this option enabled these tags will automatically be placed in the spool, notating the connecting spool number.
  • Enable Spot Coordinates - Places spot coordinates and elevation on the opening of the spools and/or the top of hanger.
  • Enable Spot Slope - If the pipe is sloped in the spool then this slope tag will be placed automatically.
  • Enable Viewport Tags - Places the defined tag at the bottom of each viewport
  • Enable Dimensions - Global option for enabling dimensions in spools.
    • Leader length
    • Dimension style
    • Maximum number of fabrication parts to dimension setting
  • Spool status settings - Updates the status upon these actions
  • Spool manager values option - Apply these value to the assembly only or assembly and parts within the assembly
  • View Templates option
    • Assign View Values: When a View Template has been set for the viewport family in the spool viewport properties, this option will copy run Revit's Apply View Properties command on the viewport and set the View Template to "None".
    • Apply View Template: Uses the spool templates's viewport View Template setting.
When editing your spool template and setting the View Template property on each viewport, the View Template must be present in your project for this feature to work.

Creating Spools

  1. Define Spools: Use pre-select (works with Element Filter) or window selection to define your spool assembly. This method supports the inclusion of Duct, Pipe, and MEP Fabrication categories
  2. Define Spool Run: Select start and end point(s) of the connected elements. *These parts must be ITM elements and must be connected.
  3. Autospool: Define maximum width, depth, length and weight for your spool and this feature will automatically apply those requirements and activate the Define Spool Run. Simply select your first part of any pipe or duct run and the direction for the tool to traverse the run.
  4. Modify Spool: The default operation allows you to select a spool to edit and the ability to add or remove parts to the spool you are editing. You are not limited here and can choose to select parts that both are and are not currently in another assembly. This action will also provide you the option to update subsequent views/sheets as well to keep information current.
Hold down SHIFT when activating this feature and you can select entire spools instead of individual parts. This is useful for merging two or more spools. Doing this will cause existing spool sheets to be recreated. For those assemblies being merged into another, the associated views, schedules and sheets will be deleted.

Spool Manager

The Spool Manager is your one stop shop for your projects spool information. Here you can both see information about spools in the model and also have access to a host of commands. Some examples include batch create spool sheets, rename, update, create print sets, PCF export and much more.

For more information, please read the following article(s):Spool Overview, Spool Create\Define, Spool Manager and Spool Title-block Setup


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