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For buildings which have repetive rooms, for example a hotel may have 80 bedrooms all pretty much identical, are these best done as a linked bedroom file inserted into the main model? Or is it best doing in a different manor? 

If I was doing this in AutoCAD I would create a 'block' which was then copied multiple times, and then if there was amendedment required to the 'bedroom' then I would would the block and it would change all the bedrooms in the entire building. 

(I tried searching for similar topics but was unsure of the correct terminoly, thanks in advance)


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We have done probably close to 100 hotels since we started using Revit and it took us awhile to develope or process.  Here is what I would recommend:

  1. Don't use liked revit project rooms.  Think about this, you need an instance of that link for each location (NOT SEPEARTE LINKS).  Nothing good here!
  2. We experimented with a revit projects to detail the room.  This would allow us to use them across multiple projects.  We used a room group that was also in the project so we could edit once and load into both.  Room groups don't want to have perimeter walls in them -  just believe me for now on this - no good work arounds.  So the room project either had to have it's own perimeter walls or had to have the project linked into it to provide those.... (oops, the later doesn't work for multiple projects) ... and the first means you have to edit the perimeters when changed in the project.   Overall - not a very good process but some possibilities.
  3. We chose to just use room groups that did not include rooms, perimeter walls - doors (something special here) and windows, just internal elements.  It can include hosted elements that reside on perimeter walls.   You don't want to include the rooms because the room numbers change floor to floor - the same with the exterior door.  Anything that you include that may be edited later by schedule will give you fits...  BTW, create a left hand and right hand group.  You can rotate but mirroring is problematic.
  4. We picked a floor(s) to designate as our room controls.  We created a separate plan for this level(s) to create plan callouts for architectural, furniture and lighting plans to be placed on room sheets.  All interior elevations were called out there.
  5. To place room groups assuming perimeter, place on one floor, add rooms and tag them.   Now you can pick all of the room groups on a level together and paste them to selected levels.  Very fast....   Here is something special about the entry door.  If all these doors are tagged the same excluding the room name - we used A B C etc, then you can include that door and tag in the group.  This allows you to edit this door placement at the group level but be aware that editing the door information will take some time when done later.  You can remove the door from the group later on if you want to ease that process.

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