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    New Job - Question about coordination with consultants

    Hello everyone. I have posted on here before.
    I was in Revit for 7.5 years before transitioning to a much smaller firm (100 people to 6 people).
    I am the only person in the office on Revit. We are hiring a 3rd party Revit consultant to help us with template and library implementation (trying to convince my new boss to hire Parallax).

    I will be overseeing our first project. I am very comfortable with almost every aspect of Revit, however, I have not managed a model before. What is the workflow for working with consultants? We do not have BIM360 or a server yet. Is it as rudimentary as emailing a version of my Revit model to them to work in? Would they then link my base model into their Revit model and start working and then email it back to me weekly or bi-weekly?

    Appreciate any feedback/ words of wisdom.

    #2
    Treat it just like you would AutoCAD and Xrefs -- share files and link. How you share, how often you share, what stays in which file, etc. are also the same (near enough) as when you were in AutoCAD.
    Greg McDowell Jr
    about.me/GMcDowellJr

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      #3
      Originally posted by GMcDowellJr View Post
      Treat it just like you would AutoCAD and Xrefs -- share files and link. How you share, how often you share, what stays in which file, etc. are also the same (near enough) as when you were in AutoCAD.
      This is nice in concept ... except most ACAD DWGs are small enough to email ... very few Revit models are within email file size limits.

      So ... some method of uploading to a cloud server, then sending a link they can download from. Some even have upload capabilities. If your company has Microsoft 365 licenses, then Sharepoint is an option. I think Autodesk Docs might be too if you have Autodesk Collection subscriptions. We use a 3rd party company called Egnyte, but I've also used Dropbox. None of these are for working files, but merely for file transfer to (& from) consultants.

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        #4
        Thanks. I think my workflow will involve saving out a copy once a week, stripping it of seals etc, deleting elevations sections etc and then purging a few times before transferring file.

        It might just be that simple. New job nerves!

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          #5
          Save yourself the time and energy. Just upload it once a week. No real value in the time investment of that save-as, stripping, and deleting.
          Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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            #6
            Yep keep everything in there, takes a lot of time stripping out stuff EVERY week.

            For sending large files I use wetransfer.com, it can send files up to 2Gb and they stay on their server for a week for people to download.
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              #7
              I would suggest using a CDE for the project where all member can upload their files every week.
              And i am also with the guys above, don't strip your files before sending, with some exceptions.

              Sometimes you strip files when you don't want to give all the information to other teams. I have done project where we delete all details and other projects where we delete all rebar.
              www.jansenengineering.nl

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