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    How to change the colour of an object in revit ??? (.ifc)

    I imported an .ifc (oh the horror...) of the wood structure of a building (made by the 3D software that uses the wood guys). Unfortunately, it comes out as green and red. I'm desperately trying to change the colour of these things, even a simple brown would be great. However since it's .ifc, when I click on the paint tool, I can select the faces of the volumes.


    Anyone have an idea ? http://imgur.com/i6EpUI7.jpg http://imgur.com/1xNXM8q.jpg

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    Why not open the IFC in revit and save it as a revit file? I this way you will have more control over how the element is displayed.

    Go to the R select open IFC, go to save as..... then link in the file again.

    I used this method in the past when I needed to control vis. of an IFC.

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    I have done that of course, the element is a revit file, with "ifc" stuff inside. It's impossible to change the colour. Revit and .ifc is really horrible.

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    Do you have the latest IFC plugin installed? I know they update it during the year...
    https://apps.autodesk.com/RVT/en/Lis...ort=&query=ifc

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    I think so, I do not know. I have "Link IFC" button in the Insert tab.

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    Convert IFC to a revit file for more control.

    I have been able to control the behavior of IFC files much better by converting them in to revit files.

    This is the way to go, especially if you have only a couple ifc files to link. If you have 10X ifc files to link and are replacing them every week, this can get to be cumbersome.

    Very easy process to convert...... some of the add-ons that I use do not read IFC the same as a RVT file so I had to do it this way and it worked a charm.


    See attached simple workflow.
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    When you get sent the file again you'll be editing it again. Why not speak with the originator of the file and have them 'fix' the 'problem' at their end?

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    True Snowy, but many times the party converting their files into IFC's are doing so through CAD-MEP or similiar and do not have the whole mapping process down. So once they click export, you get what you get.

    But definitely ask them to do it for you first and if it gets done, you have saved yourself some time and do not have to mess with their file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecraider View Post
    So once they click export, you get what you get.
    And then they, and their file, get a polite rejection.

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    I suppose that's the best thing to do yes, however here the ifc has been attached, moved around in groups and it's position has been saved. It's a wooden structural frame. So starting again from scratch is not possible unfortunately.

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