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    Question [Q]Separate Project Files for Buildings or One

    Hi there,

    I have the luxury of deciding how the project will run. I've never been in a situation like this, so i've never thought about it (we are electrical engineering company, not Arch.)

    Would you prefer to have each building in it's own file, or in one file? Thing is, buildings are not touching and are under weird angles.

    My idea was to instruct the architect to create a file for each of the 5 buildings, but mechanical company to create one file. And we would also have one file (since mech. and el. usually need to connect things between the buildings, so it helps to have everything in one file).
    Also, buildings will be interconnected mechanically and electrically.

    How would you coordinate the project if you were BIM coordinator?

    I am lucky to be able to have the project my way, but the issue is, i'm not experienced Reviteer (going into my 2nd year), so i don't even know what i want

    Please help me make my life easier.

    Chuss
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    I usually try to model a project in 1 file, because that is much easier with families that are used in all the buildings and content management is not such an issue.
    Also you can have your model and Views and Sheets in 1 file which makes it easier to manage and issue those as well instead of opening 6 projects and print stuff in each one of them.

    You could have a master project and 5 linked projects, and have all your views and sheets done in the mater project, but for relatively small buildings I would not bother.

    You can setup different Scopeboxes and Views in your project so that you can have them at a nice right angle to work on instead of in those 'funny' angles.

    They aren't very large buildings judging on the m2 in the plan, so it should not be an issue with performance of you computer either.

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    Thank you for the input.
    I guess this might be better fitted in architectural forum then.
    But on the other hand it would also be nice to get feedback from MEP folks. As i said, as a newbie, i am welcome to any tips and tricks for both approaches. You just gave me few insights.

    Thanks!

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    I'm on the Arch side. In this case, I'd have 5 separate models (one for each building) and 1 site file. I'd imagine S/M/E would have 1 model/building.

    I'd frame your question this way - if you choose to model all in one file, when one of those buildings moves/rotates/changes main floor elevation relative to the site, how much of a hassle is it to fix all your views and modeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheinaranta View Post
    I'm on the Arch side. In this case, I'd have 5 separate models (one for each building) and 1 site file. I'd imagine S/M/E would have 1 model/building.

    I'd frame your question this way - if you choose to model all in one file, when one of those buildings moves/rotates/changes main floor elevation relative to the site, how much of a hassle is it to fix all your views and modeling?
    This is what i would do.

    If they were all under one permit or in one set of drawings, i would take the largest building and make that the file with the documentation in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheinaranta View Post
    I'm on the Arch side. In this case, I'd have 5 separate models (one for each building) and 1 site file. I'd imagine S/M/E would have 1 model/building.

    I'd frame your question this way - if you choose to model all in one file, when one of those buildings moves/rotates/changes main floor elevation relative to the site, how much of a hassle is it to fix all your views and modeling?
    They for sure are not going to move, because they are old buildings and it's reconstruction.

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    This is what i would do.

    If they were all under one permit or in one set of drawings, i would take the largest building and make that the file with the documentation in it.
    I will have a site model with topography and shared coordinate system. In it, loaded all files.
    And there is big height difference between the buildings, around 4 meters, so it would be a hassle to do documentation even if they are in same file, as leveling will be messy.

    I will let architect decide on his own... For me it's not much of a difference. I'll let him do the way he think is best for him considering situation.

    Thanks for input.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Razer View Post
    They for sure are not going to move, because they are old buildings and it's reconstruction.



    I will have a site model with topography and shared coordinate system. In it, loaded all files.
    And there is big height difference between the buildings, around 4 meters, so it would be a hassle to do documentation even if they are in same file, as leveling will be messy.

    I will let architect decide on his own... For me it's not much of a difference. I'll let him do the way he think is best for him considering situation.

    Thanks for input.

    Cheers
    It'll make a huge difference to you if you are the one who has to do the documentation.
    As you say, levelling will be messy (it is, trust me I've been there). Especially with your levels varying a lot and I doubt you'd be showing all buildings on a single plan drawing anyway.
    They may be old buildings that don't move but if you are reconstructing, then things (elements) are definitely gonna move.
    I'd do 1 model per building as said above. Family management may be a bit of a pain at times but it's a trade off and will still be easier than constantly battling against elements hosted on the wrong level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Razer View Post
    I will let architect decide on his own...
    This is almost always the best way.

    From any POV that is.

    I've never found pinning someone into a corner conducive to a sound working relationship, and have always wrestled and resisted when others have attempted to place me in one.

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