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    Multiple buildings, which is the best way to work?

    Hi there, I'm working in a large industrial campus project which contains multiple buildings, our team composed by 4 architects are working linking the other buildings in his own files and also we have a file which contains the urban layout we proposes for the entire project which at the same time must contains the other building which must be included in the title-blocks, my question is regarding the best approach for to link the different buildings in the different files, we are linking the urban layout and the other buildings in each of the files, but I had some problems with circular references since I must include and link all the building in each file too, I want to know if there are a methodology or a special procedure that I must follow to make this process correctly, I apologize if my question is quite dumb but I want to make that in the best way, any suggestion will be appreciated, tnx in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andres Franco View Post
    I apologize if my question is quite dumb
    There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.

    And the answers you'll get will vary. With your setup, I would a have a "pure" host model, with geometry in it at all, that links all other projects, which could then, in their own right, be built up in their own respective manners - I'm not keen on inserted/bound links though, but if you've shared coordinates established for this site, any model, for any of the projects/buildings should link correctly into the host first time, and no necessitate the need to use them as nested links....

    But in the end, unless your still at work stages requiring drawing production being made from this site-wide model, (site plans, sections, etc) then I'd question the merit of trying to have an "all in" Revit site model, given how unwieldy it'll become - and suggest, if it's within your options, to consider a speedier platform like Navisworks.

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    Hi snowyweston, and tnx for your reply, I must control several buildings in an unique big model, so I have so many issues, for example, the elevations of the buildings are craziness I don't know what I must do to control accurately the levels in my different buildings, they do not shared the same level I do not understand why, one of my buildings remains in an underground place
    , and the urban layout keeps in the right place, I'm creating a lot of urban models for to link in each file, is the only way I figured up for make this works, tnx in advance.
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    We have a project with several buildings on one site (albeit a much smaller scale than what you're talking about, being a geology field camp for a max of 50 college students). What I found most effective was to model each building in its own file. This way I could control how each was oriented for my sheets and set the elevation levels specifically for each building.

    I maintained a separate site file, oriented such that true north = project north, into which I linked each building, moving (horizontally and vertically) & rotating as necessary to get them in the right position. I then set "Shared Coordinates" from the site file to the building files.

    I have since applied this same strategy to a church addition I'm working on: Site Model, Exisiting Building Model, Addition Model. I am finding this is a very effective way to compartmentalize the scope. (Granted, part of the reason to compartmentalize on this project is that my computer has difficulty with large models since it's 6+ years old. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by CADiva View Post
    We have a project with several buildings on one site (albeit a much smaller scale than what you're talking about, being a geology field camp for a max of 50 college students). What I found most effective was to model each building in its own file. This way I could control how each was oriented for my sheets and set the elevation levels specifically for each building. )
    Hi CADiva and tnx for your reply, I´m doing some similarly like you describes, let me tell you: I have 7 buildings which comprises by an office building, a technical building for all the HVAC equipment, pumps and boilers, a building for the factory at least 15.000 sq meters, a laboratory building, and several small buildings like a gym, etc. all the project comprises at least 30.000 sq meters, and finally the urban layout.

    My project is set up as individual .rvt files, for the principal buildings and for the small buildings I have an unique file which contains each one, my problem is quite complex since I must link the urban layout into each building for make the titleblocks correctly also each architect must make his own titleblocks for his part of the project, but the urban layout contains the other buildings, so when they start or opens a single file every time Revit shows a warning screenshot that indicates circular references, that's my problem, I need to have all the files linked each others , I know it´s a crazy thing but is what we need to do in this moment whit this project, it is possible?, best regards.

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    It sounds like the urban layout file is being linked in with its reference type as attachment? If the reference type is set to overlay for each building file the circular reference error should stop (when files are linked as an overlay references they don't include any models that are linked into them) Then the other buildings can be linked in individually, or represented by massing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmk View Post
    It sounds like the urban layout file is being linked in with its reference type as attachment? If the reference type is set to overlay for each building file the circular reference error should stop (when files are linked as an overlay references they don't include any models that are linked into them) Then the other buildings can be linked in individually, or represented by massing.
    I second this - in your site file, make sure all the buildings are linked as "overlay", not "attach". You'll still get a message to the extent that overlay links will not be brought in, but you won't get the circular references error.

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