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    Project template management rte vs central model as template

    Hi everyone,

    What do you use: project template (rte) or central model as a template and why?

    I am thinking of switching to using the central model due to fewer steps when creating a new project::

    Project template: New project, save, create worksets (plugin or Dynamo required), save, sync.
    Central model as template: Open & detach, save as, sync.

    I can also manage worksets without additional tools.

    Are there any pitfalls in using the central model as a template?


    Please share your experience.
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    If those who use it master the process to create new central models, no problem.
    If not, keep a separate copy. Just in case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurlan View Post
    Hi everyone,

    What do you use: project template (rte) or central model as a template and why?

    I am thinking of switching to using the central model due to fewer steps when creating a new project::

    Project template: New project, save, create worksets (plugin or Dynamo required), save, sync.
    Central model as template: Open & detach, save as, sync.

    I can also manage worksets without additional tools.

    Are there any pitfalls in using the central model as a template?


    Please share your experience.
    I would Write Protect the directory you store it in, lest you experience someone forgetting to do DFC and wrecking your Template.

    We use a normal template here. Then again, we dont need many worksets at all, so setting them up is basically 3 minutes. No upside to a workshared starter-project, for us.

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    I use central models with placeholders for my linked files, so i only need to reload from, and still all my viewtemplate are fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Jansen View Post
    I use central models with placeholders for my linked files, so i only need to reload from, and still all my viewtemplate are fine.
    You can do that with an RTE as well.

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    Thanks for your replies!
    It looks like I can use project template or central model as a template without big problems, however I decided to stay with the project template because:
    There is a chance of messing up the central model - template by forgetting to detach (extra precautions required).
    Creating a new project from a project template is familiar to users and does not require additional instructions. it's better to stick to standard actions.

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