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    How to work together in BIM?

    once more a question.

    We're wondering how people are working together in BIM projects.

    Do you use:
    - linked files ?
    - all in one central-file?
    - mixture of both ?
    - other way?

    Tendency here is: all in one file. This does however sometimes have its drawbacks so we're looking for the smartest way, if there is any.

    Extra info:
    with BIM i mean: working with partners outside your office through: Riverbed, email, globalscape wafs, etc., etc.

    Last edited by jpdomein; July 18, 2011, 01:18 PM.

    I think we need a little more information. The majority of revit users uses on central file with multiple local files for a discipline...structural, mechanical, architectural. The majority of the time each of these is their own model and then linked in to the others. Though there are exceptions and most depends on what type of firm you are and what type of work you are doing.


      Well that question is far too general if you ask me...
      It all depends on your project, design process, how are different design partners organized, etc.

      For instance:
      Let's say you have a project. Size and complexity doesn't matter right now. Two situations:

      1. The design process is fairly traditional. There are separate subcontractors for structural, MEP, architectural, etc who all work from their own office in their own time. Not only that, but it's likely that the process is also quite linear: architects makes a design, structural engineer does his thing, MEP comes after that. After design is finished it's turned over to the General Contractor with the best bid who uses the model for his own work.
      2. The design process is fully integrated: your principal hired an office space, IT comes in and creates all things needed for collaboration and Architect, Structural Engineer, Contractor, MEP, etc are all physically there to create the model together.

      First solution: probably linked files for each discipline.
      Second solution: definitely in one file.

      These are both extremes. The real-world, for most people, lies somewhere in between. And then there's stuff like project size, planning, etc to factor in. And also the kind of project and construction style: a building with a steel construction is easier to do in Linked Files then a building with bearing walls. Why? cause the bearing walls need collaboration between architect and structural engineer (openings!).
      A residential complex is likely to have far less MEP required then for instance a hospital. So in a residential project it might not be necessary to have the MEP engineer on site, whilst in the design of a hospital this is, due to the complexity of MEP, asking for a world of hurt.

      My advice: get to know all types of collaboration thoroughly and choose based on your project.
      Last edited by mdradvies; July 18, 2011, 02:02 PM.
      Martijn de Riet
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