Swapping Families In Revit

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Getting Started

This article will cover swapping EdgeWise families within Revit. EdgeWise’s Revit export option preserves intelligence for different components. This will allow the swapping of the generic EdgeWise families with your own catalog items in Revit.


Begin your workflow by exporting your EdgeWise model using the Export to Revit button. For piping, you should apply standards using the Standards drop down menu within the Chain Info Smartsheet. For more information, refer to this article here. This won’t be an issue for structural, rectangular ducting, or wall models.

Layer information is carried over via the properties for each family object. Additionally, you can apply layer information to your pipes to further separate your systems inside of Revit.

Inside of Revit

In Revit, start your EdgeWise import by going to the EdgeWise Import tab. Next, click Open Model, select your .c3rvt file, and click Open. At the EdgeWise Coupling Options you can choose to let Revit create couplings for you automatically. Click OK to allow this.

Fig 1: EdgeWise Coupling Options

Once the import is complete you will receive a summary report, like this:

Fig 2: Revit Import Report

Click OK and you may now proceed with the Family Swapping workflow.

Revit Family Swap

Start by selecting an object of the family you would like to swap. Right click the object and choose Select All Instances > In Entire Project.

Swapping Families in Revit
Fig 3: Selection of Family in Revit

Alternatively you can perform this selection in the Project Browser in Revit. In the Project Browser, scroll down until you see Families. Expand this menu and look for Pipe Accessories, Pipe Fittings, and Pipes. These three family categories contain the EdgeWise family types. You can select families here by right-clicking the family name, clicking Select All Instances > In Entire Project.

Project Browser Family Selection
Fig 4: Project Browser Family Selection

Next, click the Family Properties Type drop down menu and select the proper family.

Swapping Families in Revit
Fig 5: Swapping Generic EdgeWise Families to Revit Families

Your EdgeWise family is now swapped out with the correct Revit family. Keep in mind, you will need to do this separately for pipe fittings such as elbows and tee connections. Additionally, you will want to do this for valves and flanges.

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