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    Starting Views- What works?

    Just curious what kind of view / information people are using for their starting view. I have used a variety of different layouts, some with basically zero information, others with everything imaginable. I have found that it is not a great place to communicate with a team, as team members often over look the starting view and dig right into their projects.

    Feel free to post a screen grab of your starting view (photoshop out any logos or whatever if necessary)

    Below is the Autodesk 'Basic Sample Project' starting view. It uses a sheet view, which is nice because it allows for multiple views / schedules to come together. The ? icon is nice but a little cumbersome as the initial instinct is to double click, which edits the family, not take you to the resource.

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    Within my company, each discipline has their own take on starting views (at the moment).

    Attached is the Mechanical discipline's approach. It is a sheet based approach which includes a basic team listing & is heavy on the notes. Included is a schedule for the User Flag they utilize to track issues

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    Another within my company... this time Electrical.

    There starting view is a very basic drafting view with model setup information and that is it.

    Starting Views- What works?-hed_electrical.png

    One from a previous company.... Multi-Discipline Template / Starting View. Utilizes the sheet approach. Provided some standard codes, team information & change log for the template in fine print as well as an area for project / team information. This area was rarely utilized very well across the disicplines / teams

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    Hi jbr12, Well we have basically two stating views with no complex parameters, first of it we have one view with all the information related to the project, Address, Project Number, Phase, Type of plans (if there hare several plans we lists the most relevant ones), the second one is just a "Journal" where users can populate with comments and so on, Best regards

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    We have our lineweights and a list of client, project manager, who is stamping the drawings, the lead modeler and a small section to talk about what was the last bit of work being done.

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    Ours is a sheet, as well. Changing any of the Symbols, Annotations, or information on this page basically edits all of the sheets throughout the Model.

    MEMO on the left is a linked file, for BIM Management communication with ALL Project Teams.

    Schedule on the right tracks ALL revisions and sheet issues in the project.

    Drawing Titleblock Information affects ALL Titleblocks in use.

    Project Team Information fills out Cover Sheets and Titleblocks.
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    I'd say keep it simple. I've seen way to much BIM Execution Plan info placed on those front covers... which just duplicates information found elsewhere. Keep it functional like Aaron has done. It serves as a central location to do some mundane tasks where you'd otherwise have to bounce around.

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    Ours used to be a floor plan view with all the model objects turned off so we could link in views from all the other disciplines. That way we could coordinate issuance information on lead modelers. Now we have a legal disclaimer drafted up by the lawyers as an indemnification form with custom view references that act as hyperlinks to the project information sheet, drawings standards, view filter descriptions, and our wikipage intranet files.

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    I'm sure all of you can guess that I am asking / posting because I am in the process of determining what our starting view will become... In the meantime, we have this simple drafting view that has a series of detail groups with all of the 'foundation' level stuff that I do not want to be deleted during a purge. This also puts the 'proper' tools front and center for all users when they open / close projects...

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    Is this Jason, by chance? if it is, we should get on a gtm at some point, and ill go over what the items in my Starting View all do.

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    Haha yessir. I've seen your starting view and I am pretty sure I have a handle on how it all works. I have had similar mindset for a while and I especially like the Revision Schedule being on there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post

    Schedule on the right tracks ALL revisions and sheet issues in the project.
    Is your revision schedule manually updated, or do you need to add that "sheet" to the revisions each time something goes out? Ours is manually entered, but I'd love to find a way to automate that to the actual project revisions.. as long as I can still keep it visible by linked view to the other disciplines.

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