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    Moving the Central file

    Hi there,
    I work for a design and construct company, and we have been using Revit for about a year now, and my manager would like to move the central file when the project moves from design stage to construct stage. I don't want to, as I can see issues being caused. I think we should just change our file structure so as to have design and construct as different sub-folders instead of completely new folders. Any thoughts or facts would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by Dasher77; March 12, 2015, 09:30 PM.

    #2
    I forgot to add that we do not collaborate with anyone, and it is only myself and one other that works on drawing up projects. Revit 2014.

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      #3
      Moving the central file itself is not a big deal - you just have to communicate that it's been relocated and have everyone create a new local from the new location. Since it's my policy to create a new local every time I access a project, this would not be a big deal to me.

      But I think your comment about the file structure system is the bigger issue. What is your current system? Based on your OP, I'd guess it's similar to what we used to have at my old office: The project drawings would start in a folder "01-Schematic"; then when we moved to DD's, those files would be copied to folder "02-Design Development"; then later to "03-Construction Documents"; and eventually to "04-Construction Administration". When I became the CAD Manager and pushed to use more of the capabilities of ACA (this was before I got into Revit), it became clear that copying drawing files from folder to folder created more management issues (particularly relative to xrefs, but others as well). So I convinced them to create archives (in ZIP files) at each stage while maintaining one "working" or "active" folder. With this process, we had good records of key stages but didn't have to change gears or jump through extra hoops to move to the next stage. Transitioning to Revit, I maintain the same attitude: at key stages, save a copy of the central file to an archive folder (Open with "Detach from Central", then Save As) with the date in the file name. Within the archive folder, I might have phase sub-folders ... depends on how complex the project is.

      HTH

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        #4
        I would open the central file- Detach from central and save as new project in the new file location make this a central file.
        Good practice to have the design stage model to be kept for QA at a later date.
        Make sure everyone knows which model is now current for the stage the project is at- add identity to end of model name when saving e.g CS - construction stage DS- design stage.
        Hope this is what you were asking . Good luck .

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