Leveraging Revit Family Creation Services for Design Efficiency

Read leveraging Revit Family Creation Services for Design Efficiency. Know hot to create BIM Families in detail here.

Building information modeling (BIM) is the advanced method for superior visualization, cost estimation, and construction management. 

Revit Families are essential elements that contribute to the precise visualization and cost estimation of a built asset. 

Using BIM Family Creation, design professionals can input accurate geometry and asset information for cost analysis and lifecycle management purposes.

Using the Revit Family Creation technique, design professionals can create 3D models of complex design elements such as furniture, structural, and MEP components. 

Saying that Revit families have some of the most distinctive and expandable features and parameters would not be incorrect. 

In fact, this aids in comprehending the various systems and functionalities needed for BIM family creation.


Exploring the Basics of Revit Family Creation

BIM Revit Family creation services are adopted in all 3 design disciplines; Architectural, Structural, and MEP. Using Revit software construction professionals can develop complex shapes and types of Revit families.

Types of Revit Families

1 - System Revit Family Creation

There are generic elements that we install on the construction site. This includes walls, ducts, roofs, pipes, etc. 

Revit offers predefined families in architectural, structural, and MEP disciplines. We do not have to insert or upload any system families separately.

2 - Loadable Revit Family Creation

Loadable Revit Families are customizable families, which typically include elements that are generally purchased, customized, and installed in a building. This includes doors, windows, furniture, fixtures, etc.

Loadable Revit families are the ones that you develop and edit in Revit the most frequently due to their highly configurable nature. Laudable family creation is different than system families, which are made in external RFA files and then imported—or loaded—into your projects.

3 - In-place Revit Family Creation

Many of the Family Editor’s features are used in the same ways when generating an in-place element as when establishing a loadable family. 

When you need to construct a special element that is particular to the present project, you create in-place elements. By creating in-place geometry that references other project geometry, you can change the size or shape of the geometry as needed.

The following steps for Revit family creation can lead you in the right direction whether you are new to Revit or want more information about the realm of building Revit families. 

Even though you can use Revit to create almost anything, in this article we’ll focus only on how to build a Revit family from scratch.

How to Create Complex Revit Families

1 - Choose a template for BIM Family Creation

There are several template choices, but “Generic Model Face Base” should work well most
of the time.

2 - Set Reference Plane for BIM Family Creation

It’s easiest to begin by drawing the left and right reference planes, then snap the front and rear reference planes to the center origin point using the aligned dimension tool (remember to make them equal distances). 

Give the reference planes precise names, such as “width” or “depth,” if you want the project to snap to them when it is loaded.

3 - Using software features for advanced Revit family creation

Use the extrusion tool to draw the parent family’s base. Select the lock button, pick the desired reference planes, then trim the sketch lines back into position to lock them to the reference plane so you can stretch the model. 

You can also make two reference planes: one for thickness measurements and one for height measurements. Make sure you give the various plane parameters. Test and lock the geometry, don’t forget.

4 - Setting Parameters for BIM Family Creation

Now that your basic is set up, consider all the other criteria and restrictions you could want to add to this family. This includes the precise, length, width, and height. To ensure that these values behave as they should, put them to the test.

5 - Quality check BIM family creation

Test out your family to make sure it functions properly. This step is crucial, especially if it will be distributed to other users.

Advantages of Revit Family Creation Services


Adopting BIM Revit Family Creation Services leads to superior design management and cost estimations. Mentioned below are some benefits:

1 - Superior visualization through Revit Family Creation

One of the main reasons for developing 3d Revit families is to visualize the design elements before investing. 

These are design elements such as doors, windows, ducts, and lighting equipment that must be reviewed before installing on-site. BIM Family Creation allows project stakeholders to visualize design elements and add material properties to them

2 - Better Cost Forecasts

Revit family creation is a small part of a BIM model. BIM models are developed in architectural, structural, and MEP disciplines and often have complex design elements proposed by architects and designers. 

Using the quantity takeoff or cost estimation feature in Revit helps the quantity surveyor to extract a precise number of Revit families and make a bill of quantities.

3 - Advanced Facilities Management

Revit family creation involves the integration of the lifecycle information into the 3d model. This includes manufacturing date, supplier information, warranty details, expiry date, etc. 

These are critical details required by a facilities manager to effectively manage the design equipment once a building is operational or functional.

Plan a low-cost Revit Family Creation project with a trustworthy partner.

Drawbacks and challenges in Point Cloud to BIM Process

Every new innovation comes with benefits and some drawbacks. General challenges in the point cloud modeling process include –

  • It lacks surface data, making it ineligible for use in manufacturing or rendering.
  • Cannot create curves with mathematical perfection since it lacks BRep’s level of precision
  • An accurate polygonal or BRep (boundary representation) model using point-cloud data is challenging to create
  • Implementing point cloud to bim or scan to cad for a small and medium-sized company gets expensive and requires resources with advanced software skills

Partnering with Cresire

Cresire offers multidisciplinary Revit Family Creation in Architectural, Structural, and MEP Disciplines. We help construction, engineering, and manufacturing professionals with creating system, loadable, and in-place Revit families.

If you would like to have a free quote for BIM Revit Family Creation services then send us an email or give us a call at:

About The Author :


Devashish is a Co-Founder and Director at Cresire where he leads BIM services in India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Construction Project Management from The University of the West of England. His vision behind CRESIRE is to provide BIM services, adhering to best practices and procedures, to global customers, helping customers to save extensive production costs and overruns.

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