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federating this model or linking other models into this to make it more sort of collaborative between disciplines so here we've got the external architectural model so you can see the sort of curtain ruling the glass working the aluminium sort of frame in there the door door and window systems you've got some roof lighting and all that business so the external architectural model if I want to link in that mep model let's start with the structural structural model it's really simple to do that you just go at the top here and you go insert and you say link Revit and you can see it says links another model to the current model so you click that and then you go to wherever that linked model is saved on your on your computer so in this case I'm going to link this MEP no no we said we'll start with the structural why not stick with that so I'm going to link that steel structural model be sure to choose to select the right thing down here the right the right option you need to check with whoever sent you the stuff you're linking that you know how they drew it sent to the sensor origin to origin by shared coordinates if you get problems linking your models together it might be because you haven't selected the correct thing there so you just need to inquire into which one you need you need down there but if I just double click on the steel structural okay so there you go you see that structural stuff structural model has been brought in and federated alongside my external architectural model you can see there there's some pile foundations some concrete slabs and foundations and you can see the steel work now has been sort of integrated into the model
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- Billie Wild, Staff Member
what's going on guys Balkan architecture and in today's tutorial I'm going to be showing you how to link up multiple project files so I'm going to be showing you how to set up a group project file so if you're doing in a group working in a group so you've got a larger project I'm going to be showing you how to set everything up so everybody gets their own kind of separate project where they can do all of the work and then you as the rabbit manager or the project manager can bring everything together and link it up in one final file but before it gets started we just like to ask you to like this tutorial it helps me out a lot and if you haven't already I suggest you subscribe because they make tutorials like this three times a week at this point and if you want to check out some advanced tutorials or if you want to download a project files the ones that I'm going to be using in this video or some of the previous ones or if you want to see all of my advanced tutorials I suggest you check out my patreon first link in the description ok so let's get started and Here I am at in Revit and if I just move relative to the way as you can see over here I've got three buildings so we've got building a through B to C and here I've got a CAD or an AutoCAD site plan so usually in these projects you would start off with having some sort of a surveyors plan or some some information about the location and usually that's in an AutoCAD file so that's what I'm going to be using for this project so I'm going to start off a new file in your project file this is going to be the final file that's going to bring together all of these three buildings now usually you would do that first so first you would set up the main file and then you would send the templates to all of your friends or coworkers and then they can start building their buildings but in this case in order to save time so I don't have to model every each one during this tutorial I've already created those buildings so we're just going to be moving them around just a little bit so going back to Revit I'm just going to start off this as an architectural template and once we're here I'm just going to zoom out a bit and let's now insert that CAD file so I'm just going to go here to answer and go to import CAD now you can integrate to import CAD or a link yet the difference is if you go with link CAD it's going to allow you to basically make changes to your CAD file and when you restart Revit it's going to update those changes here in rabbit and if you go with the import CAD none of that works so just the the CAD file is in Revit and that's it you can't change it anymore but the upside is if you send your Revit file you don't have to send the linked CAD file as well so for this one I'm just going to go with import CAD I don't plan on making any changes so I'm just going to go here to desktop here I have my CAD site plan and here it's really important to set the unit's up so I'm just going to set them in meters because I know this project is in meters and I'm just going to place it at a level one so I'm just going to hit OK and here we go okay so this isn't your typical surveyor plan I just created this for the sake of this demonstration but usually if you have a more complex surveyor plan probably with some terrain information that you can use to generate your topo surface but first let's place this in the middle so if I go ahead and drag this as you can see nothing happens that's because this is pinned in place now you have to unpin it before you do pretty much anything so I'm just going to unpin it and now as you can see I can move it around it can also use your arrow keys just to kinda Center it around and once it's centered what I prefer doing is usually kind of moving these elevation symbols so just hover over them or just kind of grab them in a selection and then just move them out and I just do that for each one because when I finish I like to be able to see all of my elevation zin a good way okay so here we have it so this is our kind of our main file and here we can create some sort of a topo surface and let's just change the units so I'm just going to type in U and and let's change the units do something like I know how centimeters okay okay again okay there we go so let's create some simple topo surface for this and let's go with elevation of zero here and you have to go to the site plan in order to actually see that so let's go back to place point let's do one at 100 centimeters so that's 1 meter here oops let's place it over here there we go well let's do one at I don't know like two meters here now let's do one at three meters here and there we go hit finish and there we go so if we're going to 3d yeah we have some sort of face surface going on over here and if you want to create that road let's just do that think quickly so we have a more interesting side plan so I'm just going to go back into a side plan and just make sure to go here to wireframe in order to see the CAD file underneath and now you can just go here into split surface and then just select the surface and then you can use bitkha lines or just using a basic spline you can create these roads before finishing this split surface action you just need to make sure that you're splitting your double surface in exactly two surfaces so in this case we have this outer surface and the inner surface for the road and we're not splitting it in like three or four surfaces so just make sure that you're doing that before you hit finish and now if I had finished it should yeah it should work and if we go perhaps to realistic you can set this one up to some concrete materials let's see well let's do iHow this and we can set this up as some grass material okay let's see there we go okay so we've got grass and we have our concrete and there we go and one more thing would that we need to set up so we're going to be able to link this up with all of the all of those buildings that they have over here we need to set up the project base point so that's this thing over here let me just go back into wireframe it's just going to make it a bit easier to see everything okay so we've got this kind of triangular thing in the middle and if you cannot see it just make sure you go into visibility graphics so VG is the shortcut and here try to find the side plan so let's see site open up the drop menu and you should have your project base point and your survey points so those are the these two if I select the first one that's the circular one that's the project base point and if I tab once I get a triangular one and that's the survey point now you need to make sure you move them both to some representative location in this case I'm going to go with the bottom-left corner over here so just select one of those you need to unclip them so here you've got this kind of clip so your unclip it you go mv4 move you make sure you select the middle of the point and then you just move it over here to this corner end point and you clip it back in place you do the same thing for this repair point so you unclip it mv4 move or you can just alternately go here on the modify
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- Billie Wild
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I've studied architectural engineering at Hult International Business School in Cambridge and I am an expert in sport psychology. I usually feel irritated. My previous job was quality control inspector I held this position for 29 years, I love talking about massaging and weaving. Huge fan of Robert Sean Leonard I practice croquet and collect coins.
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