Thursday, 10 November 2011

Draft Revit NBL Content – Review Part 2

OK another day and back into the content what else is there to do between 6 -7 in the morning whilst having breakfast?, If you read Part I of this review you will see that I’m working through the naming convention trying to see how intuitive it is. So far I have established what the following terms in the camel text family names mean.

Recap and placing in alphabetical order

Blk = Block
Cavity = Cavity
CBPBrd = Ummmmm something Board
DryLng = Dry Lining
Ext = External
FF = I have not got a clue?
GypPlstr = Gyproc Plaster
Insul = Insulation
MF = Metal Frame
PF = Polyisocyanurate Foam Board
SteelFrm = Steel Frame
Stone = Stone
TmbrFrm = Timber Frame

In Part 1 of this review, I though that PFB = Polyisocyanurate Foam Board, but due to the camel text I had not realised that the B belonged to the Blk = Block and that it was just PF not PFB.

Looking into the family I have now discovered that

CBPBrd = CementBondedParticleBoard

So why is the Polyisocyanurate Foam Board just PF and not

PFBrd = Polyisocyanurate Foam Board

If you going to create a naming convention then it needs to have rules that are applied throughout and that are logical. The more I look at this the more one can see that it has not been scoped out and checked in any way shape or form.

SteelFrm = Steel Frame good and dandy but why use frame when it’s steel or timber Stud

One could use TStud and SStud now Stud is a well known building term.

So if you are going to use the term “Frame” call the Material a “Frame” as well

Lovely Jubbly ~ So looking at the Material the nbl_Galvanised Steel Stud (or Frame) is 150mm wide…… that is until you look at the properties

So looking at the Custom Parameters

The nbl_RevitMaterial is a Metal – Galvanised Steel Stud (ummm Not Frame) and wait for it

The nbl_iCIMMaterial is SteelGalvanisedFrame 142mm

Stud Frame Stud Frame Stud Frame……..  Mother please stop the room spinning…….. then as normality resumes

Then it hits me “Who stole the 8mm????”

Now I’m thinking 4/10 Do Better

Where is the Quality Control on what is being produced here? NBS please don’t expect the very few of us Computer / Revit / BIM Geeks to do this for you. The NBS really need to scope this out, rather than produce this poor level of information for review by potential end users

Until Part 3 of my review ………. farewell blog readers

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