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Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 2:55:32 AM | Detailing in AutoCad - What is the best process?




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I am working on the first Revit project in the office, and I have been the only one working on it. As we get in to CDs, I would like to be able to have assistance from people who can detail in Cad and simply link the details into my model. Is it possible to do the details with all of their  dimensions, hatching and noting in AutoCad, or do people find it works better to clean up the Cad detail and do some of that work in Revit? So far I have set up my import line weights to match out office CTB file, so the line work of the imported file looks great. The hatches are a problem thought. Some look fine, but some are coming in as a solid fill. Also, the dimension tick mark has the same line weight as  the leaders making them hard to read. Over time I am sure we will develop drafting views directly in Revit using  detail components but as a first step I am wondering if the strait AutoCad import is a reasonable option

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Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 9:25:42 PM | Detailing in AutoCad - What is the best process?


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You are best to just get your team to detail directly in revit.  Most of the 2D tools are similar and their will be less rework as you link things in.  Constrained to drafting views they will be safe to work in revit without breaking anything and should be able to work just as efficiently... Not to mention the important hands on training they are getting

If you've already got the details setup in dwg then generally you would need to reproduce the dimensioning in revit and occassionally some of the filled regions... text & the leaders can have issues also




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Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 1:32:49 PM | Detailing in AutoCad - What is the best process?




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AutoCAD import is not reasonable option, but an option while you have no other option.

Get the details done directly in Revit is the best approach, because you will have much better control at the end. During the process, you can get some ideas for how to setup the Line Styles and Fill Region Styles in Revit for your practice. It might slow you down a bit for the 1st time, but the time you spent on this will have a big return.

Sound like your practice has a previous CAD standard in place, so the work of setting those up in Revit will be much easier. 

keep it in mind, any 2D detailing work can be done in AutoCAD, certainly can be done in Revit, and can be done more efficiently while you have the proper setting done.

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Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 1:05:59 PM | Detailing in AutoCad - What is the best process?




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I have experienced a problem detailing Door/Window Jamb/Header details in Revit.  Currently our details are drawn in CAD at a 1 1/2"=1 ratio.  I can link the dwg into my detail view of Revit, but some of the lines are just way too small to draw.  This is very discouraging.  So I tried enlarging the dwg view.  I could draw it, but when I scaled it back down to size the smaller lines were eliminated because they were too short.

So what now?

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Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 5:09:47 AM | Detailing in AutoCad - What is the best process?




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Don't explode the imported CAD in Revit project file. If u really need to explode the imported CAD for adjustment, try import the CAD in a new Detail Family. In Detail component, it can be a bit shorter line for imported CAD. But I cannot recall how short can be.

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Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 12:17:49 PM | Detailing in AutoCad - What is the best process?



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Mike is right ... link it.  But in addition, think about what you are drawing.  Too many times we would draw things in cad because we could.  If the line is too small to draw in REVIT then it is really too small to draw.  Sure, it might not look like you want when you zoom in but ... don't zoom in. 

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