In Revit, each Link is bound to both a Type and an Instance. So you can have one Link 'Type' - relating to a single RVT file that is linked into the project. But it can be placed multiple times in the project, thus having multiple instances. In workshared projects, the Type and the Instance can belong to different Worksets.
Did you know you can use Linked Views to display two identical copies of the same linked model in different ways?
To add control, you should create 3 worksets - 1 for the Type, and 1 for each Instance, as shown below:
Then, set up two different Linked Views in that linked model. In this particular case, I want to use a model converted from ArchiCAD to a single Revit file. But I want to be able to separately load and display the Site objects, and the Building objects. So I have an Link Instance for each, and linked views for each. The whole rig can be seen in the image below.
Using the worksets, I can separately Load / Unload each Instance (closing a Workset unloads any Link instances on that Workset from memory). And using the Linked Views and Overrides for the Instance, I can display each instance as I like. I can also load both instances and show both in a 'combined' view.
Final note: Link Instances can be located in different positions in the Host model, and they can have different Shared Coordinates. Using the methods above, you have a lot of flexibility to be able to use a single linked Revit model in many different ways...
A federated Revit model is a model containing many Revit links, and they can be quite slow to work with. There are a few steps you can take to speed things up, and one of them is creating a set of fast view types and a related view template.
Make a View Template called "No Model" and untick all the Model categories in that Template
Make a set of View Types called "Fast Plan", "Fast Section" and so on
Set the View Template for those Types to the "No Model" template you created
Now, when cutting sections or making new floor plans using these 'fast' view types, the view will generate quickly without any model elements. Then, you can decide if you want to switch view templates / types to something more useful for coordination or documentation.
Ok, two unrelated issues here, but both are along the lines of "weird stuff that happens in Revit that can be fixed but doesn't always make sense". If you use Revit long enough, you will certainly come across issues like this...
Firstly, certain Electrical penetration families were not tagging for height when using Spot elevations. These elements were in a model, which was linked into another model. The fix? Super weird one. Try turning on Lighting Fixtures in your View (in the host model). Then, those spot elevations worked… Even though the penetration family was a Generic Model with Nested Mechanical Equipment inside a link file. I'm thinking this one was either an upgrade error, or perhaps the families had some earlier history as a Lighting Fixture?!?
Secondly, I came across a Structural Consultant Design Model in Revit 2015 that doesn't want to upgrade to Revit 2016. This is due to some corruption inside various families. Here are a few things to try... along with the ultimate solution.
1) Try opening the model in the newer version of Revit with Detach and Audit ticked, and choose Specify from the Worksets dialog dropdown. If the Opening Worksets dialog appears, Close all the Worksets and press OK. Then, Detach and preserve worksets. You should see the Model Upgrade progress dialog.
This fails with the following error: The file cannot be opened. There are too many elements missing in it. Please contact Autodesk Support.
2) Next steps are more detailed and resulted in a successful upgrade:
1. Open in 2015, with Audit and Detach, no Worksets open
2. Save As
3. Open in 2016, with Audit and Detach, no Worksets open
a. Delete families when prompted (as you can see, it is one problem Rebar family)
c. Ok to mass errors:
e. Click to resolve Join errors
4. Save As
5. Setup starting view...
And here are some model tidy-up steps that I did, just #GoodRevit with some Dynamo:
6. Make these worksets:
7. Move DWGs to workset by:
a. Getting Ids in Dynamo
d. Change Workset
e. Set workset invisible
8. Move Topo to workset and set invisible
9. Acquire Coordinates from Control Model
a. Copy / paste control model from current ST file to this upgraded one
b. Link neutral coordinate file
c. Then acquire from BMGR control file
Finally, sharing with team:
10. Save to Box
11. Open in Fed
Paint.NET is an excellent free photo and picture editing software, probably the closest you can come to Photoshop for free (without learning gimp and that big open source world). The 'megalo' pack includes 800+ effects plugins for Paint.NET, its definitely worth checking out...
Make sure you have up to date AV software before downloading anything...
You may also want to install the plugin browser from here.
If you have a Windows 10 Mobile phone, and Windows 10 PC, the Skype Preview app updates allow text message relay and sync to be enabled with two easy steps:
1) On the Windows Phone:
Messaging - Settings, change the Default messaging app to Skype Preview.
Skype Preview - Settings - SMS, turn SMS Backup and Sync to Enable, and
set to Download messages from - Any time
2) On the Windows 10 PC:
Skype Preview - Settings - ensure SMS sync enabled and
set to Download messages from - Any time
Once all of this is connected and syncing ok, you can easily send text from the Skype Preview app on your PC.
Also, you can browse to the location of downloaded Multimedia messages (MMS), such as picture or video messages. They will be in a folder location like this: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalState\USERNAME_2\media_messaging\media_cache_v3
Box.com and Box Sync are part of a really robust ecosystem for managing large files and large folder structures. We have found them to be very reliable overall, even when working with large BIM files and datasets.
However, there is one interesting 'catch' to how Box Sync works. I received this advice from Box Support after making a feature request:
So, at this point, any change in your local mirror of a Box folder will trigger a re-scan. I have around 270000 files amounting to 741 GB syncing to Box. This means the scanning time is quite long and I guess sometimes it doesn't even get out of that loop until I stop touching those files.
The quickest workaround is to use the web app to upload / download if you have a requirement to do something quickly.
I will consider other ways to work around this issue. Any ideas out there? And don't tell me I shouldn't be syncing so much :)
Starting in Navisworks 2017 Update 1, Navis started using the Revit IFC importer. Not everyone likes this, so just go into your Options - File Readers - IFC and untick Revit_IFC if you want the old reader back:
Slack is a pretty awesome messaging tool, primarily due to the number of integrations it supports. I had a note to myself from months ago to check out Slackit, and today I finally got around to trying it.
Basically, it is a Revit addin that can publish information about the current Revit session directly to a nominated slack channel.
Sometimes you need access to an older version of Revit, perhaps to assist in a tricky upgrade process or because you want to view a model in its 'native' state before upgrading. How can you get a trial of an older version of Revit?
Setting up a BIM workstation can take some time. From unboxing to actually being ready-to-work you have to go through various 'layers' of installation, like:
installing major software packages
installing useful system utilities that speed up your day
In a large, corporate IT environment, most of this is handled by an IT department, and usually these are set up as deployment images. However, in a small or medium office, you may have to do some of this work yourself.
With that in mind, I'm sharing my notes on the steps I took to get my Metabox portable BIM workstation up and running. I may start to put links against most of these steps as time allows, because I have posted about a lot of these programs before. Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or advice.
Installation Order - from unboxing to System Image:
Windows 10 Pro (preinstalled)
Sign in with a new, temporary, local user admin
Do Windows Update Fix (see below)
Setup E: drive (secondary large HDD, change drive mapping)
Login with Microsoft (personal Id)
Place OneDrive onto E: drive
Change PC name
Move Windows Downloads folder to E: drive
Samsung Magician install - test speed of SSD. Very nice.
Install Office 365 64-bit (work Id)
Login with both Ids
Change OneNote backup storage location to E: drive
Delete previous Windows installations using Disk Cleanup
InfraWorks 360 is an incredible tool for civil design. For those firms that have adopted it early, it will likely continue to form an integral part of the design-presentation workflow. There are a few links below, as well as a webcast about best practice methods of moving your Revit models into InfraWorks.
Please join Elliott Rosenfeld as he walks you through the finer points of adding Revit data to your InfraWorks 360 models.