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Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 5:08:41 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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Our firm is getting ready to start its first Revit project with multible buildings on a single site undergoing minor and varrying renovations to each unit.  Basically we have 22 buildings on a sigle site 11 4-plex and 11 6-plex units. There is a total of four different designs on the site.  The renovation work occuring in each complex will vary depending on its needs.  I have a basic understanding of linking files and the shared coordinate system.  But what i am curious about is in this situation would i be better off creating a single file or would it be better to create 22 seperate files and link them in to a single site. Its my understanding that linking the individual files can cause some issues for MEP's scheduling, but also understand that creating a file with 22 models in it can make for a rather large file...any suggestions??


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Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 6:16:34 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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You really have 22 projects so I suggest 23 files with each file having its own documentation.  Only link them all into the 23rd site file if you need them for site or imaging.


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Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 6:38:58 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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Thanks for the advice...i was just researching into how to do the 4 different designs using design options for all the different situations and although useful it looks to me that it would cause problems for the MEP's and scheduling down the road. And since you brought it up i will ask, if i have 23 files with seperate documentation can i combine all the sheets into a single file for ease of printing or would i be forced to go thru the files one by one and print the sheets?


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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:11:44 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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Multi-building site is very common here in the office... What we do is basicaly what WWHub said, we set the 00 file to be the Site (with all the other buildings linked into it), but we usualy print sheets individualy for each building (size and scale is the number 1 problem for this). I only combine sheets and schedules if I need to calculate something in all the buildings (a material area, for exemple), but its very unusual..

Also, the 00 file will have all the roads, landscape etc, and the 01-02-... will have only the building model, so I can link the Site to the 01 file, so it will show the surroundings.

I hope my english was not that bad Winking

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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:48:27 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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you could load ina pre made landscape and then put in the different buildings

 


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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 5:53:33 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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Your master file could have your title sheet / index so that all drawings are listed but you will have to print each project's sheets from their files.


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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:09:02 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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Just a thought here, but are the 4-plex and 6-plex models going to be identical?  Then you really wouldn't need 23 files, just 3.  Copy and locate the different complexes in your master model accordingly.

If they are all 100% different then yes, 23 models might make more sense.  If they are things that can be taken care of with a slightly modified floorplan, you may want fewer models and more contractor notes.  Winking  Simple eats Complicated for lunch.

 

Here's a modern word of wisdom.

The US (NASA) spent over $1,000,000 (1960's money) developing a pen that could write in space so they could keep logs and notes.

The Russians used a pencil.


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Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:38:45 PM | First Time Multi-Bldg Site

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rbcameron2,

 

Your modern words of wisdom sounds good but turned out to be dumb for the Russians.  The Russian pencil's lead often broke and caused multiple hazzards.  The lead could float into the eye, nose or mouth and could cause electrical shorts.  In addition both the lead and wood were a fire hazzard in the rich oxygen environment.

 

Simple is NOT always better.


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