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Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 5:40:33 PM | Getting started with Revit file supplied by architect




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Hello, I'm very new to Revit and am still trying to grasp the power/complexity of the program.  We are finally doing a Revit project where the architect supplied us with a base Revit file.  I'm curious if anyone has input as to whether you like to use the copy/monitor tool to create your walls from the architectural or just recreate them.  The architectural walls obviously have brick/stucco which we don't necessarily want to see in our drawings.  Also, in this particular case some of the wall heights have not been drawn correctly.  Also, the architect has drawn the foundation slab incorrectly and much of the roof incorrectly.  Note that when I use the term "incorrectly" I mean that it is not drawn such that it works structurally.  The model looks fine from an architectural standpoint.  Do I need to use the architect's base elements and modify them so they are correct, or should I just draw the structure accordingly and send my file back to the architect so he can coordinate his with mine.  Thanks for any help...J

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Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 6:18:18 PM | Getting started with Revit file supplied by architect



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You need to do some real research on Copy/Monitor.

If you use copy/monitor, you can have your own copy of the elements and modify them.


You should create the foundation and other structural items.... the architect shout link your file and show your items.

The architect's file should be linked BTW -


As far as showing the wall .... coarse settings will only show the wall as two lines in plan.  In elevations, you can set VG to not show surface patterns.


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Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:32:45 PM | Getting started with Revit file supplied by architect




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I personally only copy grids and levels.  Everything else we (structure) create ourselves.


So, given a base arch model, I will import it 'Origin-to-Origin.'  I will then remove all grids and levels (and associated floor plans) from my model.  I'll then use the architects to copy grids, and levels.  I'll generate new floor plans from those levels (very important to generate new floor plans with associated levels as it is read only - meaning, you cannot change the assosciation - in other words...View>New>Plan and select the levels)


Anyway, you can use your wall command and use the 'pick' tool to create walls.  Tabbing through will allow you to select a chain of walls.  Very quick.  Same goes for slabs.  Slab tool>pick slab (tab through to select the entire slab) and it's a done deal.  Very quick.  I personally find it's easier to create from scratch then modify- less thinking required.


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