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Mon, Aug 6, 2007 at 1:53:29 PM | formZ to Revit08

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gollmichael


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We use formZ for most of our conceptual design...we're comfortable with its tools and capabilities.  Our office is now in the midst of converting to Revit08 and I am trying to figure out how we might be able to interface our work in formZ with Revit.  When I import a model created in formZ (as a .dwg or .dxf) it opens in Revit as a "block"?  Is there a way to bring this into Revit as an editable set of information?

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Mon, Aug 6, 2007 at 5:31:39 PM | formZ to Revit08

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No, anything linked or imported no matter if it is AutoCad or SketchUp will allow you to edit them once in Revit.  My oppinon of the imports and such are that they should be used strcitly as a basis and underlay, never should be depicted as your actuall model.  Maybe excluding siteplans. 

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Mon, Aug 6, 2007 at 8:13:22 PM | formZ to Revit08

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The only thing I have found that you can edit when you import is lines and such. Models, no. Revit's capabilities as a high poly modeler is nil. You can edit some things of your model when importing it, but not the actual shape.

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Tue, Aug 7, 2007 at 3:35:01 PM | formZ to Revit08

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We actually go the other way with some mixed success.  It is sometimes a lot quicker to "build" in Revit and then export to Formz for the finesse.  The point, though, is that Revit is an intelligent, editable model.  FormZ, as great a program as it is, cannot tell the glass in a picture frame from the glass in a window.  It does a great job of rendering models, but it will never be able to give you a door schedule.  We've been learning, sometimes the hard way, when it is more prudent to let someone who is "faster" in formZ just build the pretty model for the clients, and when we need to "take the time" to build it in Revit first.  (I use the quotations because time wise, it is usually a wash if you're going to be using both programs throughout the project.)

 

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Main Street Architecture, P.C.

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Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 2:52:31 PM | formZ to Revit08

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if you want to import a an autocad file and want to be able to edit it in Revit...convert it to an IFC file first, then import  it into Revit...we are finding that works fine...

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I really want this to work...some good things some bad

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