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    how to manage projects with multiple buildings @ different angles to eachother

    Hi there!
    I have a fairly large project started in CAD that I'd like to bring into Revit. I have a Site plan with multiple buildings to be constructed on it. I really would like the whole project to be in one file, but I'm pretty sure I can only have one project north (please correct me if I'm wrong on that). The Property lines are pretty funky, so each building's "project north's" will be different.. Otherwise, I'll have a building or two that is completely diagonal. What do most people do when dealing with larger projects like this? Do I ignore the project north and just deal with it by rotating the viewports on each sheet (man, that also sounds like a pain lol)? Or do I have to put each building in a separate file? I know my client would be thrilled to be able to see his whole site plan in 3D, and though that may be asking for too much, it would be ideal for me to be able to see how everything is flowing together. When I make a change to a building it would affect the parking lot in between buildings, which would affect another building.... Everything is in the beginning stages right now, I just have the site plan, and some preliminary floor plans for a couple of the buildings, so naturally, a lot will change. This sounds like a pain to deal with if I have to do separate files. Any input would be so very appreciated.

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    Christiana

    (using Revit 2018)

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    Each building is it's own file. The site plan itself is a separate file with the individual building files linked in.

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    You can have multiple True Norths, if you set up multiple Named Places (aka different Shared Coordinate Systems).

    "Project North" (afaic) is just a sheet orientation. Not sure why you'd want more than one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    You can have multiple True Norths, if you set up multiple Named Places (aka different Shared Coordinate Systems).

    "Project North" (afaic) is just a sheet orientation. Not sure why you'd want more than one.

    Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

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    Well, I've always used "project north" to have 90 degree angles in my floor plans instead of diagonal lines.. then I'd have the north arrow being the one at a diagonal... But for one building to be at 90 degrees another would be at a random angle. Hope that makes sense..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLarson View Post
    Each building is it's own file. The site plan itself is a separate file with the individual building files linked in.

    So then any updates affecting each other would have to be done in each file separately? sounds time consuming, and a set up for errors.. lol.. thank you for your reply, it is very much appreciated!

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    Is each building identical?

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    Each building should be in it's own file, especially if has any chance of moving on the site throughout the process. For buildings that have multiple wings at different angles, I've used scope boxes for each wing to set the crop region rotation. That at least ties them all together and could be an option for certain views where you want to show them from one model.

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    Oh,I see what you're doing.

    Well, yeah: multiple Named Places (shared coordinates) for true north, and if you NEED to show the plans at different 90 degree angles, you can rotate duplicated views. Or use rotated scope boxes on dependent views, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLarson View Post
    Is each building identical?
    no they are all completely different... different shapes, sizes, and uses.. the site is +-2.7 acres.. Client bought the property next to the one he currently owns and has big aspirations I attached a screenshot of the Site in CAD for some reference. crosshatch are the proposed
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    Oh... Whoops. Disregard what I wrote, then. I thought you were talking about multiple copies of wings of a building.

    Ummmm... One file. Scope boxes for Plans. Rotate scope boxes. Done.

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