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Thu, Jul 6, 2006 at 11:23:49 PM | Site plans and Linking with Master files

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ok, i have heard a lot of discussions about the linking of files to a site plan or vice versa. maintaining multiple files for the same project (if multiple buildings exist on a site). i am entering my first adventure using this method and am looking for pointers. is it best to a. have seperate files for the site and all necessary building files, and then link them into a master file where all your sheets/annotation info resides b. link the building file(s) into the site file and maintain the site file with all of your sheets/views/keynotes... c. link the site plan into the building file and use the building file to house all of your annotations/sheets etc. these are the three methods i can think of off the top of my head. is there an advantage of using one above the others? Please help me. Thank you, GD

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Fri, Jul 7, 2006 at 8:17:41 PM | RE: Site plans and Linking with Master files

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We are beginning to answer the same questions and I think, for us, there are 2 factors to consider. 1 - is having all of your editable parts in one file worth the trade off of the size of the file hampering your working speed (usually the larger the file, the slower the speed). 2 - is your lead time for printing enough that you'll be able to make a last minute change in one of your component files, save it, close it, open your master file, and print. I find that since we're a very small firm (8 total) we tend to have short lead time on prints (I've got a mtg in 30 minutes that I need drawings with these changes for) which means that the bonus of being able to edit one part of the file while printing another part of the same file is wonderful. We're figuring out these changes as well, though. So I guess this isn't really an answer so much as the questions we're considering while making the same decision. best of luck.

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Fri, Jul 7, 2006 at 9:41:29 PM | RE: Site plans and Linking with Master files

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Nine times out of ten I'll use a separate site file and link building into the site. Revit's shared positioning features make it very easy to move the building around and change elevation, then publish the data back to the building so it automatically knows what True North is and the true elevation as well. I usually look at how the project will be delivered for construction to help decide when buildings should be in separate project files or not. When they are to be bid/constructed separately it makes it easy to choose separate projects. Even if I'm not certain I tend to favor separate because it will be a pain when the Construction Manager talks the client into doing it later... With Revit 9 you have much more control over the visibility of the views in the linked file so you can show room tags and such in a linked project. Scheduling across linked files has been possible for quite awhile as well so that shouldn't be an issue either. Good luck with your choices!

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Fri, Jul 7, 2006 at 11:15:19 PM | RE: Site plans and Linking with Master files

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I agree with Steve_Stafford. If you have the Site Plan on your primary file, you cannot successfully move or otherwise relocate the building on the property. Similarly, if you have MORE than one building on your site with various Main Floor levels such as a Townhome development, it is easier to import independent Building Plans into your Site Plan "drawing". An additional bonus is that the Building Plans can be re-used and modified for ANOTHER project quite easily.

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Fri, Jul 7, 2006 at 11:55:40 PM | RE: Site plans and Linking with Master files

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What if the site plan is just a series of independent lines? i am not modelling any of the site. it is a flat site, so i was thinking of linking the site file into the building file. i brought an AutoCAD site plan in and exploded it. it allows me to maintain my layers better for when i export to civil and MEP consultants. i am sure there is going to be a problem with the way i am doing it right now, so i am curious to see what you all have encountered. Thanks again GD

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