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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    No freaking way i would put families in folders based on category. Life sucks when you have to find something, like that.
    I'll bite... how do you organize them outside of Revit? By CSI? Assembly code/Uniformat? Lumped into the same folder?

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    Since I use CTC's (ATG) BIM List I'm inclined to just keep the Categories as CSI #'s & then Revit Categories would add lots more top level folders for me. I typically have 2 Levels when there is lots, but in rare occasions where I have tons of content for Site/Specialty Equip & where I use nested content it goes to 3rd level. I see the advantages of maintaining primarily top level folders & then a 2nd level for nested content maybe.

    Until my schedule allows it I really would like to look into implementing a "CSI#-Revit Category-Subcategory" named Top Level only Folder Structure (with exceptions for nested content possibly). Less mouse clicks/navigating for sure.
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    Mine are by Master Format. Single Level of folders only. Flat hierarchy. There are just a lot of folders, which is fine.

    Sub folders make hunting for stuff suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Mine are by Master Format. Single Level of folders only. Flat hierarchy. There are just a lot of folders, which is fine.

    Sub folders make hunting for stuff suck.
    How do you handle the bits and pieces that are needed for families but don't specifically end up in projects as a line-item? Stuff like Casters, Window Sashes, Buttons & Switches, etc.

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    Good point. I should clarify, all of the Parent Level Folders DO have one subfolder that is called "parts" which is where UNSHARED nested families (such as casters, buttons, etc) go. If they are Shared Families, they are in their own folder somewhere.
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    Thanks for your feedback on naming objects. I'm coming back to the topic of view templates and project browser organisation, which I find a very difficult one to sort out. It's doing my head in to find a simple and clean way of organizing it.
    In our office project files usually contain several project phases, especially building permission plans which are worthwhile to keep just until the end of the project. Now, would you create a view Template for each phase, scale and type of plan/ section, etc. or would you try to minimize the number of VT's so to say one at each scale, yet multi-phase for exemple ? in the first case I would end up with around 300 VTs, in the second maybe 30.

    Thanks for your comments

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    I have different view templates for Design and Documentation (because the drawings fundamentally look different), and different ones for each type of View in my set of drawings. Aside from Design and Documentation being different things, there is no point to multiple view templates for different PHASES, assuming you mean two different documentation phases of work.

    No idea how you would end up with 300, either. Thats insane.

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    Per scale would get you there... or close. Why, I have no idea, but sure.


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    thanks, not linking the VTs to a project phase makes sense, yet only for plans i end up already with 20 taking into account scales and building phases like existing, demolition and project

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    Okay, well... 20 is nowhere near 300. And there are way more Plan types than everything else, at least in my Template. So i cant see how youll get anywhere near 300. I have 71 total, at the moment.

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