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    Linked Models and visibility

    Hi, So I have our main model with some other models linked in.

    the other models are buildings adjacent to the main project building.

    What I want to control is Grid visibility for the linked models.

    on the main floor, all grids are okay. on the upper floors, there are areas where the existing building doesn't ocupy the space, but did at the footprint of the building.

    on these upper floors, I'd like to hide the grid lines.

    Do I hide them in the linked file , and then reload the linked ?

    #2
    Hiding them in the linked file and reloading won't do anything. You'll need to go into the V/G settings and switch to the Revit Links tab. On the line of the model your want to hide the grids pick the field on the right under Display Settings. It will turn into a radio button, pick it again and it opens a new dialog box. On the Basic tab click the Custom button and switch to the Annotation tab. At the top pick the drop down and set it to Custom. Now all of the annotation categories can be turned on and off the same way you normally modify the V/G setting in your main project. Hit OK when you are done and repeat for as many other models as needed.
    Hint: If this is a V/G set up that you plan to use for multiple views, get the first one the way you want it and create a View Template from that view. Then you can quickly apply that view template to other views instead of repeating the above process for each view one at a time.

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      #3
      What eric said. For this reason, we have five dummy linked files in our template, that already have the View templates for plans with all of the linked file grids turned off... So we can Link in S, M, E, P, and FP and not have redundant grids everywhere to deal with. We have Coordination views that keep them all in, as well.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        #4
        Very nice tip Aaron! Never even thought of doing that but I know what I'm doing tomorrow morning :beer:

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          #5
          well I don't want them to disapear. I still want them in most of the views, I just want to be able to control their extends in views.

          I found that if you go into the linked file.. and grab and change the gridlines ( with the 3D tag on ) , that changes made will show up when the linked file is reloaded.

          so far this works, I just wish I didn't have to open the linked file to adjust them .

          for colinear linked files ( like the structure for the main model ) I have done the steps you guys mentioned. I'm going to add them to the templates too, that's a good tip.

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            #6
            Thats going to be an absolute disaster. If you want to control the extents in the Main Model, Copy/Monitor the grids. *IF* theyre consultants models, i cant think of a single good excuse to be in the file at all. Ive heard all the potential reasons, but ive never heard a solid argument for being in a consultants model.

            Besides, youll never get them all to look correct in every view, with the method youre using. Go with CM, then turn off the grids in the link through the View templates.
            Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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              #7
              Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
              we have five dummy linked files in our template, that already have the View templates for plans with all of the linked file grids turned off...
              Aaron...The five dummy files you created are belongs different discplines...is it??? Can you just brief about what exactly you did?
              Yogesh

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                #8
                They do, but nothing special was done to them to reflect that. I opened up RAC, went File > New > No Template, did a Save as, save as, save as, save as, and save as. Named one as Struct, one as Mechanical, one as Electrical, one as Plumbling, one as FP. The have nothing modeled, and nothing loaded in them. They sit in the sam location as the template. In the template, they are all linked in.

                Then, in ALL of our view templates, certain tweaks have been made to each one. Grids and levels turned off. Structural framing grayed out in RCPs, analytical models turned off from structure, MEP spaces turned off (since when visible through links they print, etc).

                Then when they get a file from an actual engineer, they just do Reload From, instead of Link RVT. It maintains all of those settings, and saves the users a bunch of leg work.
                Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                  #9
                  Aaron...Thanks a lot...This is a good way...i'll try it. Previuosly I was using a tranfer project standard and transfering a View Templates from a sample co-ordination file. . .

                  Why not I thought @ templates????
                  Yogesh

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                    #10
                    I have view templates. Tons of them. But you cant set up view templates for a linked file that isnt there. And you need the VG:RVT Link settings on Custom to turn off or alter stuff from their model and not your own, something that (again) you cant do with a VT unless the link is already there. TPS with different links in each project wont do anything to remedy that...
                    Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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