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Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 12:36:09 AM | Modeling Process2




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I am very new to Revit and I am teaching myself the program. For those of you who are experts in the program what is the correct way to setup a BIM model?

My guess is:

1. Elevation tags for floors

2. Grid lines for columns (if you have any)

3.Foundation, Columns and Floor slabs for all floors

4. Shear walls or any other structural members

5. Exterior walls

6. Interior walls

7. Windows and doors

8. Stairs

9. Bathrooms and Kitchens

10. M.E.P.

11. and then you get into the Details

I know this list can be done in any number of ways but would you do this in a floor by floor basis or would you do every category indendantly like shown?

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Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 11:45:21 AM | Modeling Process2



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Are you asking about worksets? If so, then this is way too complicated for most projects.


We usually like to do the exterior skin on one workset so that we can isolate that in work that only requires an exterior image. In this way, you can minimally load several projects for a combined site model.


REVIT automatically creates shared levels and grids and we use that in the same way as created.


We may create an interior workset for our interiors department.


Other than that, Workset 1 - also automatic - is usually our only otrher workset on most projects.

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Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 2:30:53 PM | Modeling Process2



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"For those of you who are experts in the program what is the correct way to setup a BIM model?"

that is the next bump in the road for BIM. Contractors are now starting to call Architectural BIM models, throw-away models, because most are not modeled to the way that they feel it should be done for there purposes. i think in the near future you will have plenty info to help you answer that question.

in the mean time i aggree with WWHub, the less complicated the better. after each project this is something that you wiil adjust until you develope something that works best for your workflow. there are organizations working on a set of standards for BIM. i hope this will lessen to the throw-away model trend.  i for one plan on adopting those those standards.



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Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 2:36:24 PM | Modeling Process2



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When we use worksets we break it down by the "6 S's"

Site - topo, plants, parking etc...

Strucure - Foundations and any hidden structure

Shell - Anything that will be seen in elevation that is strictly building realated (not site)

Seperation - Interior walls, floors, stairs

Systems - Plumbing, HVAC, any special systems

Stuff  - Casework, appliances, furnature, etc...

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