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    Central model

    Hi all.
    I give you a short introduction: I have been reading and testing the theme of the central models, I am quite clear on the subject to the point that I understand that in each local copy (user) you can make the changes you consider and then update those changes, these are reflected / updated in the central model. But I also understand that each local copy is a copy of the entire building. My interest is to work the building for each particular floor and in all its disciplines (structure-architecture-installations). That each user has a plant and works on all the disciplines and that the central model is the complete building. User 1 is responsible for the first full floor, User 2 is responsible for the second full floor ..... and so on. The central model is the sum of the work of each user .....


    Is it possible to do that ?

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    Yes, just tell them to stay on their own floor when modelling
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    I'd have one person doing strictly structural...would be way faster as a lot can be done in a 3D view at once instead of trying to do everything floor by floor with multiple people.

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    The case is not to have one person per floor, the case is to model and work with lighter files ....
    On the other hand, someone has had experience in working in the cloud, thinking of a file of 500 mb or 1 gb or more, the handling of that information through the internet ... is feasible without problems?, Move all that Is geometry fluent?

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    Working in the cloud still means you get a local copy to your own workstation as far as I know (I have done Revit server). But if you want smaller files to work with, why not split up by discipline. So a structural model and an architecture model.

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    The point is, and maybe you have already realized, that I do not have very clear how to implement a workflow in this regard.
    What is certain is that I need some form (cloud, central model, Navis Work, etc.) that provides me with ease and versatility when sharing information with contractors and when detecting faults. To work each floor / floor of the building with all its disciplines by being separated and being able to put them together in a central model would be ideal for me.
    Someone said that everyone works on the floor / floor that corresponds to him and that he does not move from there ... could you be more specific?

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    Hello, could you be more specific ?

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    The reason Worksharing via Worksets (Central/Local Files) exists is to allow more than one user to contribute to the same project file at the same time, whatever happens to be in that file. Worksharing extended via BIM 360 or Revit Server is the same but allows for project sharing via Internet/cloud or WAN. It allows people separated by distance and their firm relationships to contribute to the same project file/model.

    Combining various models that are created for a project is done via Linking Files in Revit and/or doing so with other software like Navisworks.

    Generally a firm creates a model for the portion of work they are directly responsible for. They link files from other firms that do the same for their contributions to the design. Each firm does this for each other's files. How frequently this exchange/update of files happens is negotiated when these files are not shared and accessible all the time (like with BIM 360).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo2082 View Post
    To work each floor / floor of the building with all its disciplines by being separated and being able to put them together in a central model would be ideal for me.
    You may think so now, but you'll be kicking yourself once you're deep into a project if you split up your models this way.
    How will you reference typical details/Sections across multiple files?
    Where will the Sheets live? How will you get a Section/Detail/Elevation reference from one project onto a Sheet in another project?

    What is your typical workflow regardless of Revit? Do you normally have one person work on all disciplines on one floor & another on the next floor?
    You'll lose a lot more productivity having people work in disciplines they're not expert in than you will waiting for Revit to load.

    Do you have everyone in one office, or are you in multiple offices? If you're in multiple offices, cloud (BIM 360) is the way (probably the only way) to go.
    If you're all in one office, split up your model by discipline, but not by floor. Assign people to work on different floors and they won't bump into each other as often as you may think.

    Finally, Navis isn't really an authoring application. You don't create things is Navis, you coordinate things.

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    Thank you very much everyone for your comments, they have been very helpful

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