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Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 4:25:07 PM | Building Levels Vs Grade Levels




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Hello Revit World!

Our office is working on a large public facility with a large parking requirement on a small site. Because our building is required to be 5' above grade, we have decided to separate the project into two Revit files (one for the site and one for the building) so that the elevations on construction documents correspond to the relevant work. We want the sitework dwgs to show elevations based on grade=0 and the building dwgs to show the first floor=0. I have not worked with linking Revit files before, and I am trying to learn best practices in order to avoid complications later. I am wondering how work on these two separate files will flow. The site planning will certainly influence the design of the building. Will I be able to manipulate the linked building file while working on the site file or will i have to switch between files? If I have to switch between files, is linked file updating fluid enough to make the process easy? Also, any tips for using this two-file method would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 4:32:00 PM | Building Levels Vs Grade Levels



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Heh, someone in chat just asked a very similar question regarding elevations. See if this helps any:


Technically you can have both building and grade elevations in one project. However, I personally like to have site and building in seperate files for ease of manipulation anyhow.

In regards to the file linking, it will be benificial for you to have 2 instances of revit open if you want to have both site and building files open at the same time for manipulation; Revit doesn't like opening linked files int he same instance of Revit if they are open as a link in a nother project (say that three times real fast!). Once you save one filel, you simply right click the link in the project browser > links section and tell the link to reload to see the changes.

Some hindsight insight for you. Once you have the links in the correct place, there are 2 ways to manage that location: Publish shared coordinates which requires making a separate location setting in each project (done automatically when you publish shared coordinates). The second method being to pin the links and threaten to chop off the fingers of anyone that moves it.  Neither method is a guranteed way to keep the links from moving, but the shared coordinates will at least fgive you a reset value if someone accidentally drags the link.


Hope this gets you started! Best of luck!



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