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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 3:28:32 AM | Over 150 very small projects

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I am trying to figure out the best way to organize over 150 very small projects in Revit. Each project will have about 5 total sheets with only the first sheet (the foundation plan) changing. My first attempt was to draw the foundation plan for the first house, then I did section cuts through the piers and slab for the following sheets. I opened the section cuts, detailed where necessary with detail lines, provided notes then moved on to the next project by "Saving As" the next project name. (You can obviously see the problems I am about to face) In the new project, I relocated the piers to proper locations and adjusted the slab edges. The detail sheets, which are suppose to be exactly the same for all projects, needed adjustments due to being relocated in plan. This then led me to save multiple Revit files for each project much as one would do an AutoCad project, A-101, A-102, A-103... It is working, I guess, but I know there is a better way to do this.  I am relativly new to Revit and would really appreciate some help. What would be the best way to tackle these projects?


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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 10:50:44 AM | Over 150 very small projects

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i'm sure Design Options will have a place in this somewhere. Are some of those 150 different foundation options going to be annotation only in some cases? If so, that's one way i would begin to develope plan of attack. Keep us up to date on your solution.


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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 10:50:59 AM | Over 150 very small projects

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I guess you could do this with of a bit of a workaround using worksets. Firstly you could create some worksets for the main building elements of your design (eg: footings, slabs, walls, etc - basically the major items that MIGHT change from project to project). Then you could create a workset for each 'project', and using a combination of the correct visibility settings, there might be a way to have it all contained within one file.

Obviously, I havent actually done this, so you would need to experiment first, but a couple of issues might be a headache/problem:

You cant have duplicate sheet numbers/titles (easy to get around by a simple numbering system)

You will need to duplicate each view/floor plan for each project (not a problem in itself, just could be a little cumbersome to manage), as you cant drag the same view/plan onto multiple sheets.

I'd be interested to hear how you go!

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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 4:51:30 PM | Over 150 very small projects

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I plan to do a lot of work on these projects in the upcoming days, I will keep all posted, thanks for the help thus far.


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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 4:54:57 PM | Over 150 very small projects

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One final note just to clarify, all of the Notes will remain the same on all sheets, and sheets 2-5 will remain exactly the same for each project with the exception of the title block (obviously), sheet one is the only sheet that will need to be updated based on the plan of each project.


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Fri, May 6, 2011 at 7:42:53 PM | Over 150 very small projects

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What about linking the files?  You could create your modified plans like you are and link in the detail views from your original file.  You can then create sections, callouts, etc referencing the linked detail views.  Never tried it myself, just an idea.


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