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    Whats your opinon about doing two different buildings in the same revit file?

    I am getting ready to start work on two different buildings a warehouse and retail showroom for the same client. The deliverables from both projects are due at the same time and construction on both will be simultanious. Both buildings will be tilt up construction so many of the details and sections will be similar if not the same. My thought was wouldnt it be nice to model both of these in the same file since both buildings will be adjacent from each other (across the street). It would save me the time of importing details and what not from one project to the next. I could also do a fun little rendering with both buildings in the same shot.

    I was wondering what the gurus think about this idea. I know revit doesnt like duplicating sheets with the same name and sheet number and door tags would be a pain, scheduling would also be a challenge. The more I think about it the more I relaize I need set these guys up as two different projects with thier own central files. I also dont want to throw any curveballs to the MEP and Structural group, I know doing this in the same file would throw thier drafters off a bit. I could always link in a revit model for a rendering of both buildings...

    So has anybody else ever wondered this and do you have any wisdom as to how this may or may not be possible? Thanks for your input.


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    My first thoughts were covered in your second paragraph. Looks like you answered your own question.

    It would be nice to not have to redo all the details (as long as they were actually exactly the same), but my vote is for separate projects. I'm doing a huge house right now that includes the main ranch, water well house, barn, and entry gate. I'm treating them as 4 separate jobs (separate project files and CD's).

    Sorry, just noticed it's your first post. Welcome to RFo! Glad to have you here. Now get to work on those projects!

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    Thanks Sir! I have been lurking on here for a while What a great resource! Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle Man View Post
    Thanks Sir! I have been lurking on here for a while What a great resource! Cheers.
    Two files. No question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Two files. No question.
    Can you give a brief explanation why? I'm new to Revit and we are debating this very issue in my office right now.

    Thanks.
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    For starters, exactly what the OP said in the second paragraph.

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    I third that opinion.
    And, if you want to "do a fun little rendering with both buildings in the same shot", it would be easy to Link both of the buildings into a third Site Plan project.
    That's how most of us prefer to do Sites anyway, even with only one building.

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    Yep. That's how I do them!

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    1. Having to Filter Schedules/Quantities/Drawing Lists etc for one building or the other. (Or having to hack it with phasing... Yuck).
    2. Sheets and detail numbers needing to be hacked/prefixed/faked
    3. Havnig to 3D orbit one around the other and constantly crop views for no good beneficial reason
    4. Twice as many views in the Project Browser to deal with, and thats a project setting not a user setting, so even if you sort and keep collapsing it, itll keep expanding.
    5. Model maintenance and organization. People are sloppy, so all of the above becomes a chore.

    Now, all of that is workable. But it begets the question: Whats the *benefit?* Just to save time on "standard details?" if they are *really* standard details, they can be Inserted From File, since theyre CYA drafting views. If they are views like wall sections, im betting i can find one difference in the two wall sections by the end of the project, at which point they should have different wall sections anyway.
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    I've been building my sites in the arch file then putting them in a workset. This obviously makes the file size much larger, cant belive I havent thought of building the site in a seperate file and linking it in. Amature move I guess... That wont be hapening again, thanks.

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