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    Detach file - Make this central model

    Hello all,

    I created a new revit file detached it from the central model and I selected the first option 'Detach and Preserve Worksets'.

    When I go to save it, I notice that the checkbox 'Make this a Central Model after save is checked'. Is there any way to save this but without making it Central Model. At least for now I would like to keep this as a detached file.

    Hope to make sense.

    Thank you in advance!
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    #2
    When you saved this file, with a new AND different name it IS "detached" from the original. Yes it is a new central file but it is NOT the central file the rest of the team is aware of.

    Other people on the team, who have local files based on the original file, can continue to work normally, in those local files. You can either return to this different file later or rejoin the other members of the team by creating a local file based on the original.

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      #3
      Thank you Steve!

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        #4
        Out of curiosity, what is your purpose in saving this copy separate from the main working file? Is this for archive purposes, sketch purposes, or to send to others?

        For the most part, I like to use the eTransmit tool to make a copy of the project. It automatically creates a detached version without risking changing the original file.

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          #5
          Yes, I need this kind of saving in order to send a copy from my main model this specific time.

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            #6
            I have the same "problem" with one of our projects. After modelling the entire building almost to detail, we need to look into the possibility of drastically reducing its size, therefore making significant changes to the original project (such as changing the level height, building size/span and orientation, grid spacing, load bearing structure and so on).
            We have considered working with design options in the central model but the differences between options would be too big - almost the entire building. We have already assigned the elements to several worksets and it would be quite a task at this point to start assigning elements to worksets from scratch (which means that I do not want to detach and discard worksets). For the purpose of the study, I have detached the model from central and preserved all worksets, so that if we decide to continue working on the new version, it would save some time.

            In this case the problem is that the detached version of the original model, since the worksets have been preserved, behaves like a central model itself. This means that I cannot save my work straight in the detached file (now a new Central) - since all save options are grayed. So the steps I need to take are:
            1. Detach from central and preserve worksets.
            2. Save as "Model_detached_1", which behaves as central
            then
            3. Save as "Model_detached_2", which behaves as a new local. This new model synchronizes with the "Model_detached_1".

            Therefore in order to save my worksets and continue making the changes I need, I have to create two separate files, essentially a new Central and a new Local.
            Is there an easier/shorter way to solve this?

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              #7
              You don't have to do step #3.

              Revit does that automatically when you open "Model_detached_1" from within Revit, and you tick 'Create New Local'. See image below

              OPEN FROM REVIT.jpg
              Kamran Mirza
              Chartered Architect RIBA, ARB, PCATP

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                #8
                Thanks for the reply, kamranmirza.

                However, I believe what you are suggesting is the following:
                1. Detach from central and preserve worksets
                2. Save as "Model_detached_1".
                3. Close the file or otherwise Open-Project, select "Model_detached_1" and tick "Create new local" (which again takes a while if we are talking about a massive Revit file).

                In any case, I will still end up with 2 new separate files (no matter how I chose to create them). Perhaps I understood wrong, but I was hoping to get away with creating only one new file (preferably in 2 steps).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by dumitres View Post
                  However, I believe what you are suggesting is the following:
                  1. Detach from central and preserve worksets
                  2. Save as "Model_detached_1".
                  3. Close the file or otherwise Open-Project, select "Model_detached_1" and tick "Create new local" (which again takes a while if we are talking about a massive Revit file).
                  Hi dumitres, yes, that's the drill. There's no quicker way.

                  But knowing how long things take is the key to management and allows you to programme work better and save yourself from loss of face [and sometimes loss of contract] by saying, yes, we'll get it to you in . . . 'five minutes' when in fact it's a two-hour task !

                  Also the 2nd file you mention [the local file] is not a file that you save or even need to keep, it is a disposable, overwritable, system file created by Revit. You are in fact only creating ONE new file, the detached central file.

                  Good luck !
                  Kamran Mirza
                  Chartered Architect RIBA, ARB, PCATP

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                    #10
                    hello
                    theres' something that i misunderstood
                    why, whereas the project is detache from central) can't we save it as a local one?
                    why the file will surely be a central model?
                    why can't we pick the central model (it'es grey , so impossible)
                    Thanks
                    Phil
                    Freelance WWTP/HVAC Designer
                    Revit 2019

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