Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Copying and monitoring elements, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional.
- [Narrator] We're starting a new section in our Revit Architecture Professional Certification Prep course and what we're going to look at in this section is collaboration and how you can work with other Revit users using the tools that you have in Revit Architecture. Now when you're working with Revit Architecture remember that there are three flavors of Revit. You have Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and Revit MEP. So what you can do is you can link your Revit Architecture model to an MEP model or perhaps a structural model for clash detection, work coordination, and so on.
So what I've done for you is I've saved one of the sample Autodesk projects that you get with Revit Architecture. And it's this one here. Revit Sample Project. Now you'll notice I'm in the Recent Files screen and I've obviously opened that file recently. If I just click on it and open it for you like so, you will find this in your linda.com exercise files. So you can download this particular Revit Sample Project. And be aware, remember, based on the intro, these are all Revit 2014 projects, so you will be able to open them with versions Revit 2014 and upwards but be aware that once you've saved them to your particular version, you cannot go back to Revit 2014.
So there's our Basic Sample Project. So if I go to Level 1 for example in the Floor Plans in the project browser here you will see there's my floor plan like so. So it's all set up and ready to go. Now I don't actually want to use my Revit Sample Project just yet. So what I'm going to do, quick access toolbar and menu and also application menu up here. So I click there on the little blue R and I'm actually going to close this particular project. Closed it down. What I'm going to do is start up a whole new project first.
I'm gonna go to the Architectural Template because I'm working with Revit Architecture and that'll just start me up with a new Revit Architecture project. I'm then gonna go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and I'm gonna go to the Link panel and link my Revit file. Now the Revit file I'm going to link is that Revit Sample Project and just set it positioning wise so it's origin to origin like so. It doesn't matter whether it's sensor to sensor or origin to origin right now, but origin to origin, it just tends to be the norm because you're going from zero zero to zero zero.
So I'll click on open like so and you'll see it all jumps in and as you can see there, at Level 0 now I've got a plan view and you should recognize that as my Revit Sample Project. I'm just gonna zoom out, just roll back on the wheel a bit, and there's the entire project there. And when I hover over it you can see it's a linked Revit file, an RVT links file. You can see it there like so and it's not shared at the moment. Now what we're going to do is we're going to go to the Collaborate tab on the ribbon and we're going to use Copy/Monitor here. So I click on the little down arrow there and I want to select my link, my linked Revit project, like so.
So I hover over it, highlights in blue, I click, and as usual in Revit, the ribbon changes. So I'm now in the Copy/Monitor settings of Revit Architecture. I'm going to go up here and I'm gonna select Copy like so. So I select copy and you'll notice on the options bar now, I can do a multiple Copy/Monitor and I've got Finish and Cancel. Now I'm going to zoom in and I'm just going to copy two elements from my linked project. I'm gonna zoom in and the elements I'm gonna copy are this wall here and this wall here. Those two there like that.
So I select that one and I hold down control on the keyboard and select that one. Those are my two elements selected. And I click on Finish. Job done. Now they have actually been copied to this new blank project. So if I just hit escape a couple of times just to deselect everything and switch everything off, what I'll do now is I'll zoom out and I'll select my actual linked project. You can see it there all highlighted in blue. I then go to Manage Links up here on the ribbon. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to unload it quickly.
So I just unload it like so. And it says I can't use the Undo/Redo buttons That's fine. So I click on Yes to that. And I'll click on OK. And you'll notice, look, those two elements now have been copied from the linked project into my current project. Now what this gives you the benefit of is if I'm working with a different discipline, let's say structural steel work, I can link their structural project and copy the elements I want to bring in to my architectural project, for example. So that's how you copy. So what I'm going to do now, I'm gonna go back to the Insert tab here and I want to manage my links again.
I'm going to reload my Revit Sample Project. So I'll just reload it. Click on OK. And there it is back again like so. Now what I can do as well is I can monitor those elements if I want to as well. And if I want to monitor them it's the same process. I go back to collaborate, like so, Copy/Monitor like so, Select Link, and select my linked file. If I click on Monitor now, what I can do now, copy monitor you'll notice, I can select it like that and then finish. That monitors it.
And what I can do is I can then run things like a coordination review. So if I select the link now and select this here, as you can see if any changes have been made it'll show me what's been changed basically in the host project. So if any changes have been made here I can create a report, I can select elements like so. I don't have any elements selected right now but I can apply that and I can OK it. I haven't actually made any changes, so there will be nothing showing in the coordination review. But obviously what I could do is I could select that wall there, change the wall type perhaps.
Let's change it to a different one, let's say trench blockwork for example. And you'll see oh look, Monitor alert. It's told me that the wall core thickness has changed and that's because that wall is being monitored from the copy that I took from the linked file. Now I can stop monitoring like so and that stops it being monitored so those warnings won't pop up again. But it's a great tool to collaborate between disciplines when you're working in Revit Architecture.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
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- Importing DWG and image files
- Creating and modifying fill regions
- Changing elements
- Working with family types and parameters
- Modeling different architectural elements
- Controlling visibility
- Creating duplicated views
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