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Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 1:49:28 PM | Collaborating with structural consultant - RAC 2008




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We are attempting to collaborate our model with our structural consultant. I really have no idea where to begin. Our file is set up with worksets, and I believe we sent the structural engineer a copy of the central file. Is this the way to do it? The engineer says that when he opens the file it gives him a warning about not having the central file or something along those lines.

Anybody have any advice/know the process to do this? I've also seen dicussions about whether to use linking or copy/monitor (neither of which I understand well) and which is the better method.

If using the linking method, does the structural start with our model, make his changes, save it, send it back to us, and then we link his model to our model? Where/when do you resolve model duplicates?

As I said, I don't have a good understanding where to even start, this is all just a stab in the dark. I would love to know how to do this in baby step terms.


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Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 4:06:18 PM | Collaborating with structural consultant - RAC 2008



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We have not yet worked with a consultant but we have linked files in-house.  You do not want to give the consultant a central or a local file.  Instead, open your central file using the detach from central option.  Give him this file and he should be using the monitor option.  He should do the same for you and you should link his doing the monitor option.  


When you are ready to update, give him a new copy as above and let him manage his links to re-load your changes.  As I understand it, the monitor option should show him any changes you have made which he can address.  This same process then will work in reverse.



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Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 4:41:27 PM | Collaborating with structural consultant - RAC 2008




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Thanks for the response. That helps me with the question of what file I should send the consultant...

I had looked for white papers on the subject, the second go around yielded this from the Revit Structural page... I think this is a good start, but haven't read through it yet to see if it answers my questions. I was just looking for a basic answer to get started as I couldn't find anything in the help or training manuals that I have, and most other posts were questioning in-house collaboration. Basically, I just want to know where to begin (step 1) in order to collaborate with an outside consultant. If anyone has any other good advice or practices, let me know. In the meantime, I'll read through the pdf. Thanks.

I also posted this question to the AUGI page... 

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