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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2015, 08:13:07 am »
Yes, they should *cough*. ...View templates always end up to be custom for each project; I tell my people that we start off using view templates for all the different view types but when things start getting weird, we disconnect the view from the template -e.g. this level is lower/higher then the rest, etc. but we hold off as long as we can.

I don't like importing view templates just because I know each situation/project is different and that's usually when things start breaking (pipe showing on duct plans, view ranges, etc.).

I get why you do the separate models per discipline but, honestly, I've never been a big fan of it. I like having all of us in the same model so "we can all coordinate easier" (it never works out the way I promise myself the coordination will happen but...).

I have a similar situation with projects right now (many projects in one building) and I set up a "seed model" for each architect; that way when I needed to create the next project model I just "saved as". Some of these project had several phases and other goofy stuff to them so I tried to keep my `seed models' as generic as possible.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2015, 08:15:14 am »
TIP:
To lock your referenced models (other trades models), create a "Locked items" option set and place the links on it.
NOTE: the Autodesk recommended practice is to pin the reference.

EDIT:
See followup post/tip from M@yhem here: https://www.theswamp.org/index.php?topic=49586.msg547333#msg547333
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2015, 08:26:56 am »
TIP:
To lock your referenced models (other trades models), create a "Locked items" option set and place the links on it.
NOTE: the Autodesk recommended practice is to pin the reference.
Starting with 2014, you don't have to do that anymore. You can toggle on/off SELECT PINNED ELEMENTS.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2015, 08:27:55 am »
A generic "seed" model would have helped. It sounds like a project specific template. I'll remember that for next time.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2015, 08:30:53 am »
Nice tip M@yhem.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2015, 10:16:15 am »
Preexisting views in a template is best

Can you explain how this works for you?
Mayhem posted a perfect example in a thread a while back i'll try to find it...

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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2015, 12:32:28 pm »
Preexisting views in a template is best

Can you explain how this works for you?
Mayhem posted a perfect example in a thread a while back i'll try to find it...
Right here.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2015, 01:27:53 pm »
I remember that thread now. I had to block it out of my head because that is the way I wanted our project template to be set-up but our BIM manager wants to keep it lean because he doesn't want to do all the extra work when a new version comes out.

M@yhem, if I remember correctly, you do not VG Overrides for RVT Links, you use the link's settings, correct?

Do you get any complaints/suggestions from the users about your project template? You know, the ones who always find something to complain about.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2015, 02:13:20 pm »
M@yhem, if I remember correctly, you do not VG Overrides for RVT Links, you use the link's settings, correct?
A little bit, but for the most part we're setting up the views to LINKED VIEWS so we see what the architect sees on their plans.

Do you get any complaints/suggestions from the users about your project template? You know, the ones who always find something to complain about.
If there are complaints I haven't heard them.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2015, 02:19:34 pm »
Linked view?! Whoa, that's different. Do you have some sort of agreement with your architects to provide clean background views or something (how are you dealing with text, and dimensions)?
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2015, 02:25:18 pm »
Linked view?! Whoa, that's different. Do you have some sort of agreement with your architects to provide clean background views or something (how are you dealing with text, and dimensions)?
Nope. This is where the view overrides come into play. I have my views set up to use whichever views the architect is using on their sheets MINUS the text, dimensions, wall/door/window tags and few other things. This helps ensure that our background views match their views.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2015, 02:38:14 pm »
So, you can override the linked view settings?

What about detail level? Can that be overridden?

We use coarse for backgrounds to simplify the display of lots of stuff.
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2015, 02:41:06 pm »
What are `view overrides'?
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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2015, 02:47:25 pm »
I think this is what he means.

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Re: Revit Tips and Tricks
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2015, 02:53:27 pm »
That cant be what he means; if he turns off "text notes" to remove any notes on the linked view, for example, then he wont be able to have any text notes on his plan.
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