Creating an RPC Family

Use the Family Editor to create a Revit family for entourage, including people, cars, plants, and office clutter. In an RPC family, you can specify an ArchVision RPC file to use for the render appearance.

NoteTo create a Revit family for entourage that will use a source other than an RPC file for the render appearance, see Creating an Entourage Family.

To create an RPC family

  1. Click NewFamily.
  2. In the New Family – Select Template File dialog, select RPC Family.rft or Metric RPC Family.rft, and click Open.

    By default, a placeholder for a person displays in the drawing area. (You can see it more clearly in an elevation view.) However, you can change this entourage family to be any type of object, such as a tree, chair, or car. When you select a render appearance for the entourage, the drawing area displays an appropriate placeholder for it.

  3. Create family types, and specify their parameters.

    See The Families Guide.

    For example, suppose you want to include a variety of red ash trees in a project, so you create an RPC family named Red Ash. You define 3 family types named Tall, Short, and Autumn. In the type parameters, you can specify a different height for each tree type.

  4. For each family type, specify the render appearance.

    See Specifying a Render Appearance for an RPC Family. For example, for the red ash tree family, you specify Red Ash as the render appearance for the Tall and Short types, but Red Ash [Fall] as the render appearance for the Autumn type.

    When you specify the render appearance, the drawing area displays a placeholder for the object in 2D and 3D views. The detailed render appearance displays only in rendered images.

  5. Specify visibility settings for the entourage placeholder, as follows:
    1. In the drawing area, select the placeholder.
    2. Click Modify <Element> tabVisibility panelVisibility Settings.
    3. In the Family Element Visibility Settings dialog, select the desired settings.

      See Setting Family Geometry Visibility.

    4. Click OK.
  6. Save the family.
  7. Load the family into a project.