Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting all of your ducts in a row, part of BIM Manager: Managing Revit.
- [Narrator] So, how are we going to get our ducts in a row? That's always a good question, and I do find it varies from firm to firm. I personally have the good fortune of being at a firm that basically does everything, so whatever your situation is, I certainly feel your pain. So let's take a look at the company-wide workflow. Let's look at standards, and your company. To get started, like I said, each company is different, but the same. Revit's Revit, right? Standards are never easy and are overlooked the second something becomes difficult, so, this is a long haul kind of a thing. I always like to say, use what you have and push forward.
Your firm didn't just start yesterday, so gather up everything you have, and push forward with it. Develop a file structure that makes sense to your firm. Now, this takes some thought. Try to get the file structure set up, and don't change it. Get your boss to support your efforts. This could be the hardest thing in the whole list, but once you get upper management's support, it's going to make it a lot easier. So, getting your ducts and people in a row. Where's your AutoCAD stuff? We're going to have to transform it over to Revit. We'll learn how to do that in this course. How are your standards looking now? Like I said, you have some standards, verify what looks good, verify what doesn't, and move forward.
Next important step, who on your team knows Revit at all? Who on your team wants to know Revit? And you're going to get people on your team that hate Revit, and they'll never want to use it. Who's your champion? What I mean by your champion is, it's hard to do this all on your own. Depending on the size of your firm, that could be impossible. So let's look at the easy stuff. Typical text. Certainly we can configure our text to look exactly the same throughout all the discipline. Dimensions follow the same suit. Line styles, line weights? There's going to be a lot of plotting AutoCAD, then plotting Revit, and going back and forth, making sure you get as closely as you can to the way it used to look.
Sharing models, certainly there's a workflow here. We'll cover a few different workflows, and you can pick the one you like. Windows Explorer file structure, like I said, this is a pretty important step. And your borders, got to get your borders straight. So who else is doing this? Everyone's doing it. We'll dive a little deeper into the National CAD Standard, the NCS format. This is the format that most firms are structured around. National BIM Standard, certainly once you start using BIM, there are standards out there, such as the Level of Detail, it's an AIA document that pretty much everyone follows.
Like I said, each firm is unique in their own way. You could be every discipline, one discipline, or a combination of the disciplines we cover in this course. Either way, I think you will start seeing patterns and standardized approaches to getting your Revit management rolling.
- Setting up the Revit folder structure
- Creating a revision schedule
- Adding a symbol list
- Creating shared parameters
- Configuring your text
- Creating line types, weights, and patterns
- Configuring the underlay settings
- Creating custom grids
- Viewing templates
- Importing CAD details