Revit Tip: Effective Large Project Management with Revit Linked Models: Strategies for Enhanced Collaboration and Coordination

March 13, 2024 2 min read

Revit Tip: Effective Large Project Management with Revit Linked Models: Strategies for Enhanced Collaboration and Coordination

Managing large projects in Revit can be challenging, but using Revit's linked models feature can significantly streamline the process and improve collaboration among different disciplines. When you work on a large project, it’s not uncommon for the architectural, structural, and MEP design teams to work in separate Revit files. By linking these files into a master project, each team can see the work of the others, reducing conflicts and improving coordination. Here are some tips for effectively managing large projects with Revit's linked models: - **Divide and Conquer**: Break down the project into smaller, more manageable sections. You can create separate Revit files for different building levels or wings, which can then be linked into a main file. This method makes it easier to manage changes and updates without affecting the entire project. - **Consistent Worksets**: Use worksets to control the visibility of different elements within the linked models. Ensure that each team uses consistent naming conventions for worksets. This allows for better control when linking models, as you can easily turn off certain worksets to reduce clutter in your view. - **Manage Links**: Use the "Manage Links" dialog to control the loading and unloading of linked models. This helps to manage the performance of the master file by only loading the necessary links. Remember that unloaded models will not show in the project, so be sure to load any links you need for coordination or printing. - **Use Shared Coordinates**: To ensure that all linked models align correctly, establish and use shared coordinates. This allows every model to be placed in the correct location relative to each other, which is crucial for large projects spanning multiple files. - **Copy/Monitor**: The Copy/Monitor tool can be invaluable in coordinating between different disciplines. Use it to copy and monitor elements like grids and levels from the linked models, which will notify you if there are any changes made to these elements. - **Overlay vs Attachment**: Understand the difference between overlay and attachment when linking files. Use "overlay" if you don't want the linked models to appear in other links. Use "attachment" if you want the linked model to appear every time the host model is linked into another model. - **Visibility/Graphics Overrides**: Use Visibility/Graphics overrides to control the appearance of the linked models. This allows you to differentiate between your work and the linked models by changing line weights, styles, and transparency. - **Regular Coordination Meetings**: Plan for regular coordination meetings with all teams involved. Use tools like Autodesk BIM 360 for cloud-based coordination, allowing team members to access the most current models and collaborate in real-time. By following these tips and leveraging Revit's powerful linked models feature, you can effectively manage large projects with improved efficiency and collaboration. For the latest Revit tools and updates, consider visiting NOVEDGE, where you can find a range of software options for BIM and other design needs. Explore NOVEDGE's offerings by visiting their website:

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