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    Starting a New Project/ Project set up and processes

    Hello,

    Started at a new firm. We have a BIM consultant working on our template for us. As soon as it is ready I will begin modeling our project.

    I have a little time to kill and I am trying to think everything through before I start modeling. I have never set up a project from the beginning, I have always been a part of a team and kind of jumped in later on in the process.

    Does anyone have a tried and true checklist or methodology for starting up a project? I have CAD plans to an SD level that I need to get into the model. I was considering linking (not inserting) and using it as a base to start. I am not super comfortable with setting up project coordinates, not sure how much it matters?

    I was planning to model the existing building as much as I could, put everything on the appropriate phase, set up levels and grid lines, and go from there. I have been in Revit for a while, but I have serious new job jitters and imposter syndrome!

    Thank you


    #2
    I would not link in any dwg but just use those as a reference in AutoCAD and model everything of that. Measure in AutoCAD, place in Revit. This way you will avoid the 'slightly of axis' errors and it give you the opportunity to check everything before you model it instead of just putting down walls at the location AutoCAD tells you as soon as possible. I always tell people you can better take a few days thinking out the project before you begin instead of going crazy and have a model in a few days that is wrong.

    Levels and grids is indeed the start, check them, dimension then, check them again and again. Having them wrong now will mess up your project later on if they need to change. Put your dimension an a ridiculous precession , like 0.000001 so be really sure they are correct, especially IF you decide to get them from a linked dwg, which you should definitely NOT do.

    Make a list of the drawing you are going to need in the end, discuss with the team and make them in Revit, both Views and Sheets, get them on a Sheet List and have the team sign off on those, this way you know what needs to be done, especially in a new company that might do things differently then you are used too. Also try to find out what it is they want/need for the model, how detailed it needs to be, what data and info needs to be put in and taken out again. Go and look at their library, does it have the things you need to model that building, do you need more, do they have somebody that makes the families, or can you do that yourself and are there any company guidelines for that?

    Smaller things like do we need a Key Plan or a small site plan in the corner of every Sheet, better to know now and start building those at the end of the day when you have a few minutes to kill before going home and place them on the sheets already, instead of doing all that on the last day when you are fighting to make your deadline.

    Doing all that now, when you just start the project and have loads of time left will save you a lot of stress in the end with a deadline breathing down your neck.
    Company Website: www.deurloobm.nl
    Revit Ideas: Is this family Mirrored? | Approve warnings | Family Type parameter just those in the family

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      #3
      Thanks, I will avoid linking CAD. All good things to think about.
      Appreciate your help

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        #4
        Linking a dwg is OK, just don't use it to place walls with pick lines, that will cause issues. And doing it the way I suggested is the way I like to do it, because that way I have full control and can check things instead of taking over somebody else's mistakes
        Company Website: www.deurloobm.nl
        Revit Ideas: Is this family Mirrored? | Approve warnings | Family Type parameter just those in the family

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          #5
          I sent you a workflow in a PM, check your messages.

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