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Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 1:18:32 PM | Linked Files and Worksets - best practice question




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Hey guys, Can someone tell give me advice about best practice with workset use and linked models?

  I will have a large project with linked revit models by our consultants in our main model (interiors, structural, & PME).  I also have our site model and several surrounding buildings as links on 2 different worksets for ease of visibility control.  What I am wondering about is this: Is there any reason to try to keep worksets consistent in all the linked consultant's files?  Are there any known workset issues in relation to linked files? Any input or advice is much appreciated


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Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 2:09:00 PM | Linked Files and Worksets - best practice question




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Having each consultant use the same workset structure is probably not practical due to the different nature of each discipline's work.  At best if you are in control contractually of your consultants you can suggest a workset structure , but as long as each consultant is consistent with their workset structure during the life of the project it probably doesn't matter.

I would suggest a project kick-off meeting where the workset structure and a host of other PM issues are raised in advance.  Without the common framework established ahead of time you will find different project origin points, shared coordinates, shared parameters, added sub-categories, Level of Detail [LOD] differences etc. between models.

Also on your end, it is wise to create a separate workset for each linked in model and CAD files types.  This makes it easy to turn entire models on/off for visibility and to be able to selectively open only certain worksets.




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Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 3:06:33 PM | Linked Files and Worksets - best practice question



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Prior to 2011, there is an issue with worksets in linked models.  The issue is that if you create a workset and uncheck the "visible in all views", anything on that workset will not be visible in the model linked into unless the view is by linked view.  Our MEP guys are really complaining about this.


In 2011, you can control the worksets through VG of linked models.

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