Titleblock family types
Recently I was working on a project which was transitioning from Schematic Design to Detailed Design. The main GA sheets were already setup at A3 and we simply wanted to change the scale of the views and switch them from A3 to A1. However, we also wanted to retain our A3 presentation set. So essentially some drawings needed to remain at A3, while others needed to change to A1.
Since all the floor plans had view templates assigned, modifying the scale of the views was simple. However, when trying to select only certain title blocks I ran into difficulties. Normally I would use the ‘SA’ shortcut to select all instances of the family in the project and substitute its type in the properties pallet. However this would modify all title blocks indiscriminately. Therefore I turned to Ideate Explorer to see if it was possible to achieve greater control over which title block families were being selected. However, as shown in the image below, there is no way to tell which title blocks were being selecting. They were all abstractly named ‘A3 instance’ or similar.
Rather than manually modifying dozens of sheets, I developed a simple Dynamo node called ‘View.SwitchTitleblock’. The node is available as part of the BVN Dynamo package.
The node collects all the title block families within the project and returns their sheet number parameters. It then uses the ‘sheetNumberSeries’ input to filter the families. For example, at BVN our floor plans are part of the ‘B series’ and sheets are prefixed accordingly, for example, B-00-01. Once the desired title block families had been filtered, the script simply substitutes the current family for another as defined by the ‘familyType’ input. Using this technique it is possible to quickly and easily change title blocks for selected drawing series.