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    Detail Library

    I am in the process of Creating a Typ. Detail Library.
    and I am not sure this is the right way.

    I have converted all the Auto Cadd typcal details into revit drafting views and saved them as each Revit files. and i am using insert from file to bring each revit details into revit project views.

    How do you guys manage your typical details.
    is there any better way to do this?

    #2
    You are on the right track. You may want to place the Drafting Views into a Revit Template ( .rte file ) and even create standard Sheets with the Details on them, and then load the Template when starting all new Projects.

    There is lots of good info on this forum about this subject--try doing a search.
    Cliff B. Collins
    Registered Architect
    The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
    Autodesk Expert Elite

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      #3
      We do our details by spec section, i.e. MasterSpec, and each section has it's own Revit project file. In each project file are the details, as drafting views, which can then be copied/pasted into a Revit project.

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        #4
        Although bringing in your older AutoCAD details directly into Revit is a quick and inexpensive method, you may be missing out on some of the best aspects of Revit down the road. Revit's intelligent parametric detail components make creating and modifying details in Revit is so much faster and more efficient than AutoCAD. Rather than drawing multiple lines and adding a hatch pattern to create a piece of plywood in section, a Revit plywood component is vastly easier to place, rotate and adjust.

        For now, definitely start off importing your old AutoCAD details, but as you find the time, you are better off redrawing you details with Revit components.
        Scott Hopkins AIA LEED AP
        Peikert Group Architects

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          #5
          @Scott Hopkins
          Roger!

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            #6
            All details are native Revit. Took some time, but like Scott already stated: it's well worth the effort. There are no dwg's coming into my projects:
            - Enormous slowdown, especially with large quantities
            - I don't do "entire" drafting details. All details are constructed/constraint to the live model.
            - No parametric capabilities.
            All the above makes the use of dwg's much more time consuming over the years...
            Martijn de Riet
            Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
            MdR Advies
            Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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              #7
              Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
              All details are native Revit. Took some time, but like Scott already stated: it's well worth the effort. There are no dwg's coming into my projects:
              - Enormous slowdown, especially with large quantities
              I know that we've been down this road before but I think that this is a misleading statement. I model in Revit and detail in Acad due to the level of complexity of the detail parts and pieces. Not a normal Revit work flow granted but it works very well for me. My last project had over 400 linked Acad details in drafting views. No slowdowns at all that I could discern from start of project to finish of project. While having no Acad content in your model may be the normal workflow for Architects it is not the only way to do things. There's always more than one way to skin a cat
              I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Dave Jones View Post
                There's always more than one way to skin a cat
                I like that Dave.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dave Jones View Post
                  I know that we've been down this road before but I think that this is a misleading statement. I model in Revit and detail in Acad due to the level of complexity of the detail parts and pieces. Not a normal Revit work flow granted but it works very well for me. My last project had over 400 linked Acad details in drafting views. No slowdowns at all that I could discern from start of project to finish of project. While having no Acad content in your model may be the normal workflow for Architects it is not the only way to do things. There's always more than one way to skin a cat
                  LOL, you just couldn't resist it do you? Granted, there ARE times that it needs to be done due to Revits incapabilities. But for "normal" standard details, with a modeller doing "normal" work, with an "normal" LOD, it's NOT a good workflow.
                  So let's keep disagreeing on this...

                  It's not that there no other ways to do things, you can export your model to dwg and do the detailing in Autocad. Or export to ADSK and go to Inventor. All possibilities, but not the best. But hey, that's just my opinion...
                  Martijn de Riet
                  Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
                  MdR Advies
                  Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
                    LOL, you just couldn't resist it do you? Granted, there ARE times that it needs to be done due to Revits incapabilities. But for "normal" standard details, with a modeller doing "normal" work, with an "normal" LOD, it's NOT a good workflow.
                    So let's keep disagreeing on this...

                    It's not that there no other ways to do things, you can export your model to dwg and do the detailing in Autocad. Or export to ADSK and go to Inventor. All possibilities, but not the best. But hey, that's just my opinion...
                    I don't have any problem in the world with your opinion. I do have a problem with statements that are misleading (IMO). I don't want to get into another Don't Use CAD in Revit discussion. I do what I have to do to get my projects done and give my clients the best bang for their buck and I think that some others may have to or want to use my workflow to do the same. To make a blanket statement that there will be "Enormous slowdowns" when using CAD content just isn't so in my experience.
                    I'm retired, if you don't like it, go around!

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