Friday, August 9, 2013

Project Set-Up Sheet, Follow up

In response to a comment I recently received on my Project Set-up Sheet post from over a year ago, I'll elaborate a bit on the promise I made back then.

"Most of these parameters are embedded in the titleblock as would be expected, whereas others are placed on the cover sheet, where we use a non-conventional but flexible technique to show them. This will be a post for later though."

Our titleblock has a lot of information, that depending on the project scope and size, can vary quite a bit. For one sheet-wonders, we try to cram as much as possible on the cover sheet, where as for mid-size to large projects, we prefer to see a nice cover for the fruits of our labor, most likely with project title, description and a rendering.

In the past, we would place a text piece for each on the cover, which worked fine, but it required we input the same information twice, and keep it up to date if changes occurred. We could have created a cover titleblock family, but I find this odd for just a single sheet, and it doesn't allow for quick changes, unless we edit the family.

Instead, we decided to use our standard titleblock on the cover and create additional small titleblocks that contain only the information (parameters) we want to see. Those titleblocks are then also placed on the sheet. This allows us to move or delete these chunks of information independently from each other, while maintaining that intelligent information connection with the project. In essence, the cover sheet has 3 or 4 titleblocks, each with their own set of information.

The set up is simple:
1. create a new titleblock family
2. bring the sheet boundaries to a minimum, for example 1/2" by 1/2"; this prevents overlapping boundaries
3. create labels for the shared parameters
4. apply visibility parameters as needed
5. load the family and place it on your cover sheet

Here are some examples:

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