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Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 1:36:47 PM | Multiple Building Project. Need advice.

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I have my first, in five years of Revit, project with multiple different buildings.  It is an apartment project with three different building designs in the project.  Do I just put all three buildings in the same project file and create multiple floor plan views or do I break it up in phases?  Any advice would be appreciated.

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Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 3:28:53 PM | Multiple Building Project. Need advice.

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I would do it as 3 projects.  You can link them to a seperate site plan project.

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Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 1:01:19 PM | Multiple Building Project. Need advice.

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When I import the three separate projects into the site, there will be four of one project and then one each of the other two.  Do I need to create separate versions of four identical buildings to import so that the room names, door opening numbers, etc. will be different.  Will the schedules in the site project pick up all of the doors, windows, rooms, etc. and combine them all on one schedule?  How much work around will I need to be prepared to do?  Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 1:46:51 PM | Multiple Building Project. Need advice.

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I would suggest leaving the apartment building projects as seperate files for CD's but create a new 'composite / campus' project for site plan, plot plan, landscape etc where you link and orient in the other building projects. Use shared coordinates.
Annotation, scheduling and detailing to be done back in the individual apartment project files. I would also suggest numbering doors and windows according to the building number to keep them unique.


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Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:07:50 PM | I hesitate to reply..........................

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......................since my name is also Darrel and there will be a risk of bad "Newhart Show" jokes about the "brother Darrel and other brother Darrel (Mom sure liked that name)" characters. But......................

Are you saying that if you have multiple buildings with several identical versions of some of the building types that you give up any cumulative BIM data or complete schedules?  Is there no way to have, in my case, all six buildings in the project, use cropped or masked views of each floor plan, use multiple elevations, and have all of the materials, doors, windows, rooms, etc. accounted for in each schedule?  Since the finish floors will be different for each building, couldn't you create six floor level views, hide all but the applicable one in each elevation view, etc.  Why would this be any different than having a six story building?


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Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 3:28:32 PM | Multiple Building Project. Need advice.

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I don't think REVITs linking system was designed to do what you want? 

 

You can link the models into the composite project and schedule the linked objects. Use 'Include Elements in Linked Files'. You can also add to the schedule, the 'revit file name' so each door or window can include a column for BLDG-A, BLDG-B etc. So yes you can get that far.

 

I don't think you can Tag doors and windows through a link however? Annotating a linked file can also be combersome. I think that tagging and annotation would have to be done in the local file. Then in the composite file you can set the visibility graphics override (per view) of the REVIT Links to 'Custom' or 'By Linked View' and turn on the tags and annotation to show through the link into the composite file.

 

Then you will have to become the master of 'Scope Boxes' which are 3d crop regions to isolate the views of the individual buildings in the composite file. I have a great tutorial series on what you need to know and it's a little out dated but still applies 100% http://www.myvbooks.com/cadclipsstore/stores/1/Datums_Crop_Regions_and_Scop_P57C12.jsp

 

So can you do what you are explaining? Yes perhaps but I would strongly suggest creating a very simple 'mock-up' project and carry it all the way though to include dims, annotations, tags and detailing to see if you get the results you are aiming for.

 

Scheduling in the composite file will work and using Scope boxes etc will allow you to create the views you want but linking in un-annotated models and finishing the project in the composite file may not be possible.



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