Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using worksharing visualization, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Narrator] We're now going to go back to our worksharing, and we're going to look at a Worksharing Visualization setting that is really, really helpful in Revit Architecture. Now, when I saw Revit Worksharing Visualization, I don't mean 3D rendering or animation or anything like that. What we're doing is we're visualizing the owners of the worksets. We're visualizing where the work is going on in the Revit model itself. Now, as I mentioned when we talked about worksharing previously in this chapter, we've got two different central model files that you can use.
Be really careful which one you use. Again, in this video, I'm running the latest version of Revit, Revit 2017, so I will be using the RevitCENTRAL2017 file. If you're using an older version of Revit, make sure you use the RevitCENTRAL2014 file, and that goes back to any version of Revit up to Revit 2014. What we're going to do is do the usual thing as if we're worksharing. We're going to go and open up a local file from the central model.
Now, you'll notice here, I've already got a local file sitting there, an older one. Now, do not use that one. Be very careful with this, because that's an older local file. It might have old data. It might be using an old model. What you do is you always create a new local file first. I'm going to go up here to Open, and there's my CENTRALMODEL folder that I'm in, and there's my two central files. Now, obviously the older Revit versions use the CENTRAL2014. The newer Revit versions use the 2017.
Now, you can go back and use the new file, download it from exercise files and start from scratch, create the new local file, saving it in the CENTRALMODEL folder, or if you've already got your CENTRALMODEL folder set up, just go back and select the file that you've already got in place like that. All you do is make sure that you Create New Local down here. Then click on Open, and I'll be prompted now to create a new local file and overwrite the existing one. Now the reason it prompts you to do that is because it's taking all the latest data from the central model.
You now know that you're working with the latest version of the central model. It's purely to make sure, it's a fail-safe so that you know you've got the latest data. We're in the good old basic sample project, the Autodesk Revit basic sample project, and I'm going to go to the Level 1 Floor Plan in the project browser. You can see there, we've got the room legend, and it all looks pretty much as it did previously. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to switch on my Worksharing Visualization. It's down here on the View Controller, and it's Worksharing Display Off.
Can you see that when I hover over that? It says Worksharing Display Off. If I click there, I can go to my Worksharing Display Settings. Now, all this is is color coding, and it allows me to move around the model and check what's going on. It's very, very useful for BIM coordinators who are coordinating the model within a project, for example. I've got Checkout Status. Are they owned by me? Are they owned by others? Who are the Owners? There's me. I'm the owner of these particular worksets. Are there any model updates or any updates, any deleted elements? Are there any worksets there? There's the worksets like so.
Now, all of this, I'm just going to Apply and OK. Now, I need to switch it on, more importantly. I click there, and what I can do now is go to any of these particular settings that were in that dialogue box. If I go to Owners, like so, can you see it gives an orange box around the view in the drawing area, and it highlights anything that is owned by anybody. Now, right no, nothing is owned by anyone. You've got a new local file. None of the worksets have signed out by anybody using this particular model.
If I go to Collaborate now and come into the Manage Collaboration here and go to Worksets. Now, if you're using an older version of Revit, you'll still see the Worksets icon. Just click on it, and that will open up the Worksets dialogue box. Now, you'll see that none of these are editable. If I say that Workset1 is now editable, as soon as I switch that on as editable, I become the owner. There's my Revit username, my Shaun_000, so if OK that now, I now own that workset, and that color coding there is what's in my Worksharing Display Settings here.
If I go here, can you see Owners? There's me. There's the purple color, and I now own that particular workset. Now, if I come back here into Worksets, and I say no to that, and I switch it off, you'll see that it goes gray again. That's owners, who owns that particular workset. Then what I can do here, I can come back to Worksharing Display, and I can just switch the Worksharing Display off. Everything goes back to normal. Now, this also works in the 3D views in Revit.
It's extremely useful. If I go into a 3D view. Let's just say the Default 3D view. There we go. There's my nice, pretty house in the basic sample project. Now, we're using a nice visual style there. We're using Shaded. If I went to something like Hidden Line, so it's all just hidden black and white monochromatic like that. Now, if I go back to my Worksharing Display here, and I switch on Owners like so, you can see there that nothing is owned by anybody at all, and again, it's all gray, no highlighting involved.
If I go back to the worksets now, and Workset1, if I sign that out to me again by making it editable and then clicking on OK, it all goes purple again. That's my color. Now, again, I can go back to Worksets, sign that back out again by saying No like that and OKing it, and that goes back like that. Now, don't forget there's other settings as well. I can show the worksets. There's all the worksets now. Notice it's changed to Worksets in the corner. I can also look at any model updates, of which there aren't any.
I can also look at Checkout Status. Is anything checked out at the moment, which it isn't. What I've got here is a whole load of settings that I'm now going to switch off, that allow me to see what's going on, not only in my floor plans and my views, but in my 3D views as well. I'll just set that back to that nice shaded color like so. All the colors come back. I'm going to go back to Floor Plan Level 1. Again, what I'll do is I'll go to Worksets like so, and I haven't got any display on this time, and I'm going to sign out my Workset1 again.
That is now owned by me, and I OK it. It doesn't make any changes until I go to Worksharing Display and go to Owners like so. It's only when you own the workset that it will make any display changes using your Worksharing Visualization. As usual, if you want to switch that off, you go to Worksharing down there on the View Control bar, Worksharing Display Off, and it all goes back to normal. Now, there's one more thing you must do with worksharing. If I'm about to close this file down for the day, and I'm about to leave the office, what you should always, always do is Synchronize with Central.
I'll do a Synchronize now. That synchronizes back to the central model, so that all the changes that I've made are synchronized back to the model. It's no use just saving your local file, because that will just save the changes to the local file. You must synchronize back to the central model. More importantly, relinquish all of your worksets that you've got open. If I go to Worksets at the moment, you can see I've got Workset1 signed out to me. If I relinquish all of those like so, and then go to Worksets, that's how it should look. I shouldn't own anything, so I'll OK that, and then what I would do then is then close down the file.
Now, you don't have to save it, because you've synchronized. I can just go up here to the big, blue R, click on Close, and that closes out. Now, you do get a prompt when you're worksharing. Do you want to save it locally, which is normally a good thing. It's always a good idea to save it locally just in case, but it doesn't synchronize it with the central model. We can just say, "No, I don't need to save it, "because I've synchronized already." I always save locally just to be on the safe side. It just gives me a back up sitting locally on my machine. That's how you work with your Worksharing Visualization in Revit Architecture, and more importantly, making sure that you relinquish all your worksets and synchronizing back to central after you're done.
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