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Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 2:21:43 PM | Copying elements from a linked architectural model into my host structural model




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I'm aware that Revit provides means to copy elements in a linked model into our current host model.  It is performed in a view where you must tab to select the linked element individually or multiple (ctrl+pick).  Is there a way of copying categories of elements using a 3D view to filter and select elements, copy to clipboard, paste in same place in host 3D view?  Am I correct in understanding that this must be done with local user files because a linked file cannot be opened in the same session as its host file?

Either way, I tried it but Paste in Same Place option is always grayed out.  My hunch is shared positioning is not setup right, since it needs to know just what is Same Place in another file.








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Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 10:30:35 AM | Copying elements from a linked architectural model into my host structural model



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Hey Min,


I had a look at this for you and found that it works if you copy and paste in the same view type and level. So in the instance I did just now, I did the following:


  1. Opened a 3D view (in a M&E model) and isolated all the radiators within the entire building.
  2. Opened a floor plan at level two. 
  3. Select all the radiators in the 3D view and then within the floor plan copy to clipboard.
  4. in my file (host file) I opened up the second floor plan and selected 'Aligned to Current View'


However, I always prefer to leave their stuff well enough alone and safety tucked away within their own model. That way I know it's their mistake if something is in the wrong location. Smile


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