Manage eVolve Properties

Preface

Before using the command, it's important to know how eVolve Properties work. If you have not already done so, it's highly recommended you first read this intro article.

The command is designed around allowing customers to dictate which eVolve fabrication parameters they want in their project(s) with ease while also ensuring that there is always a single source of truth (the shared parameter file) to pull/create from.

Finding the Command

The command is easily found under the Settings dropdown in the eVolve Mechanical Ribbon.

 

 

Using the Command

The command is designed for users to be able to easily add or remove evolve fabrication parameters while having them maintain the same GUID. This allows you to not only quickly customize what parameters you want in your project, but also easily change your mind if need be.

Shared Project Parameters Grid

The available list of parameters inside the grid is pulled from the eVolveMechanicalSharedDefinitions file located in your SharedParameter File location set in Workstation Settings. These parameters are created by eVolve when it encounters any new fabrication part properties in your models.

Controls
  • Active/Inactive - This allows you to control which shared parameters you want in your project. Checked includes it as a project parameter, and unchecked removes it. 
  • User-Created - This provides insight as to whether you created this parameter or it was made by eVolve.
  • Enable/Disable All - This allows you to quickly either check or uncheck all parameters in the grid.
It is important to note that there are not the only eVolve related parameters in your model. Others are created from the SharedParameterDefinitions file in Resources that are not able to be controlled here. These are relied on throughout the program and are important to keep for stability. 

Import/Refresh Fabrication Parameters

When used. this feature creates eM_ fabrication parameters for all drawn parts in the model. This is incredibly useful when trying to populate your eVolveMechanicalSharedParameterDefinitions file for the first time. It also syncs the data between the eM_ parameter and its respective fabrication property as well to ensure all information is accurate once these new parameters are created.

If however these parameters already exist in the project, it will skip these.

This is an important note since if this command was used by another user pointing to a different shared parameter file location, you will not be able to create your shared parameters for those properties. This is because eVolve assumes that you already have these in your file.

To remedy this, see the Cleaning Up Your Model section below. 

Automatically create eVolve Property Parameters

This option allows eVolve to create new fabrication parameters as new ones are added to the model. This allows you to continue to build your list of available fabrication parameters as you continue adding to your company database. Though if you feel confident with your parameter list, you can always uncheck this option as well and no new fabrication properties would be added.

Delete eVolve Mechanical Parameters:

If you would rather simply get rid of all fabrication properties in your model, this command allows you to remove all eM_ parameters in the current project. Though similar to the Disable All option above, it is uniquely different in that it will remove eM_ parameters created from other shared parameter files as well. This tool is incredibly useful when trying to standardize your shared parameter file.

For more info on this Cleaning Up Your Model section below. 

Cleaning Up Your Model section below. 

The most common issue encountered by customers is where multiple users are pointing to different SharedParameter file locations in Workstation Settings. As mentioned above, this can lead to a host of problems.

Some examples are included below to help identify if this may be occurring in your model.

Common Symptoms
  1. Tags for eM_ parameters show blank values.
  2. There are eM fabrication parameters in the model that are not shown in the Manage eVolve Properties grid.
  3. Disable All and Delete eVolve Mechanical Parameters removed more parameters than I show in my Manage eVolve Properties grid.
  4. Refresh Properties adds either no , or very few parameters to my shared parameter file even though they are not already in it.
 To Fix
  1. Have all users in the company point to the same SharedParameter file location and close Revit.
    1. If one is already in this location, remove it.
  2. Have one user open Revit and a large model with all the most common fabrication parts used.
    1. A fresh blank eVolveMechanicalSharedDefinitions file should be made at the SharedParameter file location
  3. Run Import/Refresh Fabrication Parameters inside of the Mange eVolve Properties window.
  4. Restart Revit

All users should now have an accurate shared parameter file to use for dictating settings and when developing tags/schedules.


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