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Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 8:38:55 PM | Can this size building be done in one revit file?

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This is a 14 story buidling with almsot 300 units plus retail and undeground parking with a foot print of 350'X 150'.  Would a building such as this be done in multiple revit files?  Ive done two story buildings and warehouses and at the end those files were big and sluggish.  How to handle a large job like this that will have all pme fp structural in one file.

How difficult is it to work on when a building is separated into multiple files?

How big should the revit file ony be allowed to go before considering to split it up?

If we start it as one file, can it be split up later easily or at all?

Does anyone have any experience with such projects?  Just looking for input, not necessarily a directive.


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Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 8:56:42 PM | Can this size building be done in one revit file?

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I would never combine M,E,P, arch, struct.  You are just asking for problems.


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Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:03:25 PM | Can this size building be done in one revit file?

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Well, each file will not be combined, but need to eventually load them all into navisworks.  Either way, the Plumbing we are doing will need the architectural and structural linked in, as well as mechanical, fire protection, etc as we get them so we can avoid them in planning.

 


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Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47:04 PM | Can this size building be done in one revit file?

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Ive worked on a project where we had several different buildings on a campus, so it made sense to separate the files and link them together.  This ended up causing alot of problems, and I think I remember combining them together at some point to avoid these issues.  In this case, you have one building, there is no need to have separate architectural files.  

The key here in my opinion is to do a good and thorough job at managing the worksets.  I believe you can separate your building however you wish, one method being by floor number, another could be by building elements - core&shell workset, interior fitout workset, furnishings, windows, etc.   I have created a site workset just to separate the site and topography from the rest of the building, to help reduce the sluggishness of reloading files, and i do this as general practice, even if i am working alone on a project or it is a small project.

however, pme&fp i would definetely keep as a separate linked files.

Create well defined worksets.  thats my take.


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