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    Worksets Recommendation...

    Hi guys! I'm here again to ask something.

    In Revit Architecture, what is your way to create/divide worksets?
    Do you divide it like layers in autocad?
    Do you divide it by (exteriors, interiors, families, etc.)
    or do you divide it by the number of persons working in a particular project?

    What would be the best way to divide worksets? I'm currently working with a team (big project, mix-used commercial district) and this would be my first time with a project this huge. could you shed some light on the best practice for worksets? Thanks a lot guys!

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    For us it varies based upon project type and scope. In general we have a workset for each model that will be linked in, consultant or our own. An Exterior workset and then beyond that it just grows based upon project needs (physical floors, NIC, Nurse Call, Equipment, Furniture, CAD backgrounds...etc.). We use it as a means to control how much data is being loaded at the workstation level on larger projects.

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    Tall buildings- Systemic (Core, Vert Circ, Exterior Facade, Interior Plates, etc)

    Short, wide buildings- Geographic (Area 1, Area 2, Area 3 (and everything in those areas).

    This assumes not large enough for file links. If it is, i use the above for file links, and the alternative solution for worksets.

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    Are their real advantages to using multiple worksets? With Revit's automatic worksharing we've found that just having one or two worksets is sufficient. What are we missing out by not using worksets more fully?

    I know we can selectively load worksets but when I've suggested that as an advantage to multiple worksets I get complaints about not being able to see the whole model. What other reasons might we look at multiple worksets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMcDowellJr View Post
    Are their real advantages to using multiple worksets? With Revit's automatic worksharing we've found that just having one or two worksets is sufficient. What are we missing out by not using worksets more fully?

    I know we can selectively load worksets but when I've suggested that as an advantage to multiple worksets I get complaints about not being able to see the whole model. What other reasons might we look at multiple worksets?
    Often times on large projects you don't want to see the whole model. We might have the site linked in and on it's own workset, working on interior building components I don't care about the site. Or, pick any linked file that lives on it's own workset and not load that workset. You would never want to "unload" a link, but not loading a workset is a great workflow. Say you have "departmental" drawings and place each department on it's own workset. Great way to control visibility as a department is a concept not a category.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Our revit models is divided into many parts (Basement 1 & 2, ground, other floors, etc.) in order to minimize the file size. this will be linked in one file or whenever shop drawings are needed. currently, the model worksets are named based on who is working on it. (i.e. it is an outsourced file. and we recieved it that way. I'm thankful that our RAC is a 2012 version. so that we can revert it to a normal file again and later on subdivide it to new worksets). now have some ideas now how to divide it. thanks again.

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    I do Workset 1 and SL&G. Then all my filtering is done with filters and phases. I think way too often people create way too many worksets.

    Unlike worksets, if you set up phasing correctly, you don't really have to worry too much about being on the right phase. With worksets you are always having to switch which is done automatically with phases.

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    hmm. but how can other users edit the model without these worksets?

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    Revit moved to Automatic Element borrowing in version 8.1 (2005). You havent had to manually check items out for editing since then. You *can* put things all on Workset1 and SL+G and call it a day. We use a bunch of worksets, because we build very detailed models, and like to demand load and demand unload certain scopes of work that arent relevant to my task, for efficiency. Worksets are great for that. THey are also better for loading and unloading links, since Worksets is a user setting, and Manage Links is global.

    So our number of worksets is the number of Links + number of CAD Links + 5 or 6.

    Works great. Too many worksets is only an issue if you are sloppy. And for the record, NONE of these have ANYTHING to do with visualization or visibility control. EVERY workset is set to be visible by default in every view, and no one in our office is allowed to go near VG:Worksets at all.

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    Question

    I was wondering if I could get in on this topic of Worksets. I'm trying not to clutter the forum with redundant topics.

    Anyways, I have received a 35% complete Revit architectural model and structural model. Apparently we have been hired in as a sub-consultant and will be taking ownership of the Revit models from this point forward, as my department is primarily MEP, adding these trades to the mix for a complete design model for the building owner. I have only opened up the arch model and when I detached from Central, I kept the Worksets to see how they have them set up. Image below:


    My question is this: Should I continue using their Worksets, adding to them for my other needs? Or should I create separate RVT files for each discipline, linking the files into each other, acting like XREF's in AutoCAD?

    My first response was going to be to have separate RVT files per discipline, each being a Link. For example:
    1. Architectural
    2. Structural
    3. Mechanical
    4. Electrical
    5. Plumbing
    6. Fire Protection

    That was going to be the list of separate RVT Files, acting as Links. Could I just have one RVT file and use Worksets instead? What would be my best approach?

    Thanks in advance guys.

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