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    Viewing imported DWG and DWG management

    Hello,

    I have recently downloaded the revit model from our client and there are so many DWGs imported that I have no idea what is what. Is there a way to view these imported DWGs individually? I'm trying to figure out which ones we need to show on our drawings and which ones I can delete and I'd rather not go the VG and turn them all off an on one at a time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    #2
    I'd ask them to get rid of them.

    The next question is why they are needed at all? Oh, and why they were inserted instead of linked?
    Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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      #3
      IF they were Linked (or Imported) NOT using the "Current View Only" option, you could create a 3D View & turn off everything except Imported Categories to look at the DWGs.
      However, if they used Current View Only, you are pretty much S.O.L.
      There are some third party tools that can help you delete them, but probably not find them.
      The CTC Express Tools might have a feature to see which Views they are on.
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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        #4
        I'm not necessarily trying to delete them. I just want to look at each one individually so I know which ones I need to show. Then I can create a view template only displaying the DWGs I need.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Nickhxc4life View Post
          I'm not necessarily trying to delete them. I just want to look at each one individually so I know which ones I need to show. Then I can create a view template only displaying the DWGs I need.
          That is a question for those that built the model, as to which ones are needed. Like I said, DWG's are a bad idea and why most companies say to never insert and use them only as a temporary overlay...never for printing or coordination. Exception is Civil...can't get out of that one.
          Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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            #6
            First you need to find them (how to: https://www.revitforum.org/commercia...r-manager.html).
            Once you know where they are (regardless they were linked or inserted, All Views or Current View Only) you can go to the view, select CAD by id, isolate it in the view and decide what to do with it.
            Revit add-ins: Purger (delete UNUSED and selected line patterns & line styles, find & delete CAD), Rooms To Spaces, Schedule Utilities (Calculated Values/Combined Parameters To Tags, reuse view filter rules in schedule filters), View Filter Manager (with bunch of other features) at Revit Exchange Apps, View Filter Manager ML

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              #7
              Hard to explain to someone new to Revit that is is possible to import DWG's (officially supported) but you're not able to filter them. The word 'scramble-bim' comes to my mind. I believe it should just be relatively easy to use the filters, viewtemplates and (new?) views and isolate tool in Revit to track them and even export them back. Both rvt and dwg are Autodesk databases. But it is a fact that revit handles dwg in pretty horrible fashion (for doing civil design as frequently used source files over the last decades) Importing dwg is just as stupid as importing ifc.

              My advise would be the first choice should always be to trace it back to the source. Better quality to begin with. But sometimes, under certain conditions, you may not be able to get these original dwg's and you have to deal with it in Revit. It is an intresting question.. to some.
              Last edited by HansLammerts; January 28, 2017, 07:55 AM.

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                #8
                Originally posted by HansLammerts View Post
                Hard to explain to someone new to Revit that is is possible to import DWG's (officially supported) but you're not able to filter them. The word 'scramble-bim' comes to my mind. I believe it should just be relatively easy to use the filters, viewtemplates and (new?) views and isolate tool in Revit...
                You can use a saved selection set to filter linked & imported (don't import!) files.

                https://www.screencast.com/t/ledZVF1S2dN
                Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


                chad
                BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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                  #9
                  Sorry I'm a bit late to the party here! I'm on the same boat with the OP. I always tell people to link DWGs, but apparently have no control over files from other consultants ...

                  Is there really no quicker ways to find & see individual imported, "current view only" dwgs? I know I can do that by ID but that will quickly add up when checking large models

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                    #10
                    Something like Ideate Explorer might work but it will still be tedious
                    Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


                    chad
                    BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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