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Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 4:22:26 AM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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How would you handle typical detail sheets if you only have the details drawn in AUTOCAD. Most of our typical details will fill 4 entire 30x42 sheets without needing much editing. Would you import them or link them in?? Would you import or link each individual detail or put them all on an AUTOCAD DWG file and import that entire drawing? Any suggestions?

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Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 12:48:44 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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You can use the CAD details but the sonner you change them to revit, the better off you will be.  That said, yhou will want to place these on Revit sheets and be able to call them out correctly.  If you want to use these on multiple projects and some may change or not be used, the best method is to isolate each detail in CAD and  insert them into a drafting detail.  I would wblock each out of CAD to isolate them. 

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Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 3:05:02 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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I agree with WWHub.  We have done this in the past as well... once.  What we found is that when we import CAD details you can go into the Visual Graphics display menu and change the imported CAD layers to be a Revit Lineweight.  So that worked well, the only thing that did not work well was the text and leaders and dimensions.

So we started with the CAD details we imported but ended up redoing the notes and dimensions anyways.  There is a way you can convert the text, I don't remember how, but it still didn't look consistant with the rest of our project.

So there's something to keep in mind as well.


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Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 3:13:15 AM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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Thanks for the input WWHub & MARS1276. Could someone please review my procedure to see if the steps I'm going to take to convert Autocad typical details to a pure revit detail are efficient.

1.Open the typical detail in Autocad and purge all to get rid of any extra items not used in the detail. Resave the detail.

2.Open a new separate "quarantine" Revit project so I can do the editing of the details in this blank project and not my 8-story building project.

3.In this blank Revit project, Import the Autocad detail into a drafting view, use visibility graphics overrides dialog box to edit the line weights.

4.If needed use a partial or full explode to edit the detail and edit the text, leaders, dimensions and hatching if needed.  

5.To save the drafting view select Save As, Library, View.

5a. Could I also save the view to a file directory on my companies network and bring it into a project by going to the Insert tab, and in the Import ribbon, choose Insert from file, and then choose Insert views from file, and browse to find the detail. (I'm using Revit Structure 2010.) 


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Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 1:40:21 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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Sounds like you're on the right path.  I may be simply reiterating something you just said, but I was not sure on your outlook about creating the details within a revit file.  You have the right steps, but I didn't know if you already understood that you could just create one project simply for 2D drafting views and, then, import the detail views from that one file.  I was under the understainding you may have mentioned creating separate files and looking for those to bring the detail drawing in from.

 

One project file.  It's what we do.


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Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 1:56:41 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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This is what I wrote for our office awhile back:

IN CAD

  1. Flaten 3D
  2. Explode all blocks and xref's
  3. Delete all hatches, polylines dimensions and leaders.
  4. WBlock to a new file only what you want.

IN Revit

  1. Create a drafting detail of correct scale
  2. Import your CAD detail from the new file
  3. Explode the CAD file (THIS IS A VERY BAD THING TO DO IN YOUR PROJECT FILE - THAT IS WHY WE DO IT IN A TEMPORARY FILE)
  4. Now - CAD lines are now new Revit linestyles named according to their layers.
  5. GOTO VG and turn off everything then turn back on the main line category and thin lines.
  6. Nothing should be visible.
  7. Goto Settings/Line styles - expand the lines category and repeat the following:
  8. Start with your heaviest line style in CAD.  Find that linestyle (assuming A-DTL-Heavy) and delete that sub-category.
  9. All those lines will now be Thin Lines and will be visible
  10. Select them all from your detail window and change them to your Revit Heavy Lines and they will disappear.
  11. Repeat 8 - 10 above until you have converted all and your finished with thin lines.
  12. Convert all your text and clean that up.
  13. Add leaders to text notes
  14. Add dimensions
  15. Add filled regions.
  16. Click on File/Save to Library/Save Views and Pick your Details that you have cleaned up to save into your library.
  17. You can also transfer these views directly into your project.

 


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Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 3:51:03 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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MARS1274,

In regards to that one project that has all of your 2D details in it, does it need to be open along with the project that consists of the building or structure your modeling to insert a detail? I assume you have no performance issues like Revit slowing down if 2 projects need to be open at the same time.


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Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 8:39:50 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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Yes, to insert from file, you need both projects open and no, it usually is not a performance issue.

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Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 7:57:12 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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What is the best way to call (using detail bubbles) out some of these imported CAD files on your plan sheets?  I thought that "Callout" would do it but when I use the callout it just places a new detail.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

 

 


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Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 3:22:07 PM | Typical Detail sheets on my first revit project

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When you cut any detail/section/elevation, there is a checkbox "reference other view".  Check that and find yhour imported drafting detail in the pulll down list.

 

You can read about Reference Other View in your HELP.


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