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    Sustainable workflow for creating multiple drawing sets from Revit??

    Hi All, I don't believe there will be an easy and straightforward answer to this question but any guidance or input would be greatly appreciated!

    We have a need in our office to sometimes produce two or more drawing sets in the same project, an example being a typical bid or CD set, and then a City Approval set (which is just a filtered version of our CD's).

    One of our PM's wants to look into the idea of linking our 3D model into two new Revit files (one for each set) and produce two sets of drawings which reference the same 3D model. To me this seems like it would only create more headaches, but I could be wrong. Has anyone completed a project this way? or would you suggest an alternate? My concern here is how a linked model behaves when trying to create drawings from it, and having two files means loading in things like families twice.

    The other option would be to do all sets in one Revit file and duplicate all drawings and sheets (once for each drawing set). Which would also not be ideal.

    #2
    Some of it depends on how much stays the same, how much changes, and how pick you need to be about those differences. I've done several projects with early release packages (site, structural, then everything else) and it was done from one model. Some sheets were only in one package, some were in multiple. The cover sheets got an extra letter G-001A, G-001B, etc. and had duplicate information, and I added a "Set" parameter that allowed for controlling the sheets in the index and that was it. If the information stays the same but some titleblock info changes you can do a bulk swap of the titleblock, or use a schedule to change specific parameters. We have done the linked projects route for multi-building projects, but the last time I really worked on one (several Revit version ago) annotations had some anomalies.

    Whatever you do, choose a route that will limit any redrawing/creating/annotating.
    Julie Kidder
    Architect + BIM Director
    Hartman + Majewski Design Group

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      #3
      Blank Alt + codes can be used to duplicate sheets numbers in the same model if that is necessary/desired. Arial has Alt+0129, 0143, 0144, and 0157.
      John Karben | IMEG Corp.

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        #4
        We simply use titleblock parameters and labels in the TB families to make our TB's show things like City Review, 95% CD's, DD's, etc. And then the Print dialog will have various sets of sheets set up as needed for the various submittal stages. If some sheets are unique to a submittal, we'll do those under a different heading such as 00-SCHEMATIC, which would not be included in the final Construction Document set.

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          #5
          Thanks for all your feedback.

          Looking into this I learned you can't actually access any views or sheets from a linked in file, which kind of defeats the purpose for us. If we still have to create new sheets for each set then I see no benefit of doing so in two different files.

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          For anyone that is interested I came across a phenomenal Dynamo script that duplicates sheets and placed views, courtesy of bimorph

          https://bimorph.co.uk/bimorph-nodes/duplicate-sheets/ (really amazing stuff)

          using this script I would like to simply duplicate the sheets, modify the placed views per set requirement, and organize each set in the project browser using a project parameter like JMK has shared

          seems like a viable option to me! thanks for all your help!
          Last edited by billiam; August 9, 2017, 07:13 PM.

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            #6
            Originally posted by billiam View Post
            Thanks for all your feedback.

            Looking into this I learned you can't actually access any views or sheets from a linked in file, which kind of defeats the purpose for us. If we still have to create new sheets for each set then I see no benefit of doing so in two different files.

            ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

            For anyone that is interested I came across a phenomenal Dynamo script that duplicates sheets and placed views, courtesy of bimorph

            https://bimorph.co.uk/bimorph-nodes/duplicate-sheets/ (really amazing stuff)

            using this script I would like to simply duplicate the sheets, modify the placed views per set requirement, and organize each set in the project browser using a project parameter like JMK has shared

            seems like a viable option to me! thanks for all your help!
            Yes, that is a good one, but I also use a Macro for this, developed by Troy: Revit Coaster: Quick Macro for Duplicating an Existing Sheet and Views
            As you said, you can duplicate the sheets and change them to a different category, so that you can organize the sets separately in your project browser, and then do the modifications required.

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