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Sun, Aug 3, 2008 at 6:44:32 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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We are working on a project where the RCP wants to be in a separate file and linked to the main architectural model.  Can anyone give me any tips on doing this?  I have seen several problems so far.   We are planning to plot final drawings from the RCP file w/ the architectural model linked.  I have overcome the room name/number problem, not great but works.  The ceilings will not attach to the linked architectual model walls so it is harder to sketch the ceilings, mostly 2x4 ACT.  Also seems that the sketched ceiling will not snap to the walls in the architectual model.  That presents a problem w/ the dims being exactly right.  I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who has done this successfully or those that maybe gave it up because of too many problems.

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Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 1:27:57 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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Check out the Help under Copy/Monitor. This will allow you to make a copy of the walls on a linked model and use them to attach the ceiling. It is an involved process so if you need further help let us know.

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Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 2:59:34 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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If I copy the walls into my model, will that cause any problems when my ceiling model is linked back to the main architectural model for the rest of the drawings?

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Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 4:12:34 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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If you are considering linking the files for the sole purpose of file size, etc. then I would suggest breaking the project into worksets and working that way. This way everything can be referenced in the same file but you can selectively turn elements on and off.

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Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 4:54:02 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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I agree with Bm3875 on the workset issue. Only in you are required to use linking would you need to use Copy/Monitor. I don't believe it will cause any problems but I haven't used it a lot so I am not entirely sure.


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Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 6:46:55 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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The main model and the RCP (ceilings) are being done in two different offices so worksets is not an option.

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Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 7:05:12 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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You could still break it off into worksets and use worksharing, making one group the owners of worksets A (RCP elements), for example, and the other group owners of workset B (main model elements); that way people using the RCP workset cannot modify the main architectural model worksets and vice versa Cryingrequiring less reloads and save to centrals). And of course each office would need to have access to each others servers. Unfortunatly, when it does come time to save to central and reload latest it will be pain stakingly slow, but I suspect it may take just as long uploading/downloading or e-mailing linked models back and forth.

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Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 7:52:30 PM | Linking RCP to main architectural model

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We are in a VERY similar situation as you mentioned. The way we handle this arduous task is linking their model to ours, we update the RCP's, export to them and they relink the updated RCP's (using an FTP site). Our model contains only the RCP's and their linked model is linked as an underlay and halftone in the RCP views. However, what we have discovered is that the 'project browser' information is lost because it's not a central file but a linked file and information such as views, sheets, etc. are lost in the translation. This process has proven to be extremely detrimental to workflow ($$) so we are currently establishing a VPN (virtual private network) so we can create worksets, and a true central file and not waste time linking, relinking, etc.


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