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Creating Revit links

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Video: Creating Revit links

Sometimes your project will be comprised of more than one Revit file. There's a variety of reasons why you might do this, but different members of the team might be working in different building files or perhaps they are working under different disciplines like structural and mechanical. Whatever the reason might be, we can link two Revit files to one another so that if changes occur to one of the Revit files we can reload and see those changes in the file that it's linked into. So I'm in a file here called Office Building and it's just a simple office building structure. I'm just going to link in a small outbuilding.

Creating Revit links

Sometimes your project will be comprised of more than one Revit file. There's a variety of reasons why you might do this, but different members of the team might be working in different building files or perhaps they are working under different disciplines like structural and mechanical. Whatever the reason might be, we can link two Revit files to one another so that if changes occur to one of the Revit files we can reload and see those changes in the file that it's linked into. So I'm in a file here called Office Building and it's just a simple office building structure. I'm just going to link in a small outbuilding.

I do this by going to be Insert tab and I'm going to click on the Link Revit button. Now this will bring up the familiar browse window and I can choose any of the files that I have in here, and I want to pick this file called Shed, just a small shed building that we're going to bring in here. And if you followed along in the movies on linking CAD files you'll see that this dialog is much simpler. It doesn't have all of the settings down here at the bottom that the Link CAD file had, and the reason for that is we're linking Revit to Revit now.

Revit is familiar with how to interpret the geometry in another Revit file. So it doesn't need to ask us a lot of questions about how it should do that. The only real question it needs to know is, where do we want to put it? Now we've got a lot of the same options. We can put it Center to Center, Origin to Origin, or we can bring it in manually. Usually, what you want to do is just accept the default Center to Center, click Open and see where it comes in, and then you can just simply move the file to the correct position. So naturally we don't want our shed to be sitting right on top of our building.

So maybe it's out over here somewhere off to the side on the site. So I'm just simply going to select it. And then here on the Modify ribbon I'll click the Move tool, and I'll just pick a base point and I'll move it over here. Now I'm doing that a little bit imprecisely right now, but of course I could type in exact coordinates and we discussed that in some of the previous movies. So I'll leave that to you if you want to move it by an exact amount. Now at this point, if I go to my 3D view, I'm going to click on my default 3D view icon here, the little birdhouse icon, you'll see that I've got my two buildings seated next to one another.

Now over on the Project Browser if I scroll down at the bottom, Revit links actually appear right here on the Project Browser. So if I expand that out you'll see that the shed building is shown right here. It's got a small blue arrow next to it. That blue arrow is telling me that it's currently loaded and of course we can see that on screen, because we can actually see the building. If I wanted to open the shed and do some work on it, there is a limitation with linked Revit files where you can't have both your host building, office building in this case, and your nested link file, your shed in this case, you can't have both of them open at the same time in the same session of Revit.

They can be opened in two different Revits. So if we have two users working on separate computers, each one can be working on a different building, but you can't have both buildings open on the same person's computer at the same time. So if I wanted to open up shed, and I click on it, that will generate an error message. It'll say sorry you can't do that, because it's currently loaded. Do you want to unload the link? Now if I say yes here it'll actually remove that link right there and it's going to warn me that I can't undo that and I'll say that's fine.

It opens up the shed and what we'll see here if we switch windows back to the office building, first of all you see the shed is missing and if I scroll down you can see a big red X next to it. So it's showing me that the shed has now been unloaded. It didn't remove it, it didn't delete it, but it's just not currently loaded. Now I'm going to switch over here the shed and I'm just going to make some change. So it's got two windows on this side and it's got this little entry patio over here, maybe I'll select one of these windows and copy it and add an extra window, select the door here, maybe I want something a little larger.

When I open up the list, I only have the default door in here so that just simply means I need to go to the Architecture tab, click on the Door tool, load a family, we've done this in a previous movie, and I'll just bring in a double flush door like so. Instead of actually placing the door I'll press Escape and I'll select this existing door and now you can see that I have the double door available there and I'll just choose the size. So we've made those two changes. Both should be pretty noticeable when we reload this file back into the other project.

I'm going to go to the R here, go down to Close. It's going to ask me if I want to save the changes to the shed, I'm going to say Yes, and then back here in order to see those changes, I have to reload the shed file. I can do that by right-clicking right here, choose the Reload button, and you'll see the shed appear, and when I zoom in, it now has three windows on this side and a double door. So that's basically the value of setting up a linked file in Revit.

One person can be working in the shed file making their changes, another person can be working in the office building making their changes, and every so often each of these users can update their link file and see any of the changes that their colleague has made.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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