How to save revit as central model [Beginner's Guide]



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How to save revit as central model

How do you Make an existing model a central model in Revit?

  1. Open the existing workshared file.
  2. Click File tab Save As (Project).
  3. In the Save As dialog, rename the file, and click Options.
  4. In the File Save Options dialog, select Make this a Central Model after save.
  5. Select a default workset for local copies.

How do you create a central model in Revit 2022?

In the Save As dialog, click Options. In the File Save Options dialog, select Make this a Central Model after save. Note: If this is the first time you have saved after enabling worksharing, this option is selected by default and cannot be changed. Select a default workset for local copies.

How do I sync Revit to Central?

When working on a workshared project, use the Synchronize with Central tool to save your local changes to the central model. To Synchronize with Central: Click Collaborate tab Synchronize panel Synchronize with Central drop-down (Synchronize Now).

How do you create a center file in Revit?

  1. Open the existing workshared file.
  2. Click File tab Save As (Project).
  3. In the Save As dialog, rename the file, and click Options.
  4. In the File Save Options dialog, select Make this a Central Model after save.
  5. Select a default workset for local copies.

What is a central file in Revit?

The central model is the master project file for a workshared project. The central model stores the current ownership information for all elements in the project, and acts as the distribution point for all changes published to the file.

How do I Make a Revit file Workharing?

  1. Open the project file (RVT) to use as the central model.
  2. Click Collaborate tab Manage Collaboration panel (Worksets).
  3. If desired, rename the worksets.
  4. In the Worksharing dialog, click OK.
  5. In the Worksets dialog, click OK.
  6. Click File tab Save As (Project).

Where is my Revit local file saved?

Solution: When working on Collaboration for Revit files, local copies are saved at the following file path: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Autodesk\Revit\\CollaborationCache.

What are worksets in Revit?

A workset is a collection of elements in a workshared project. You can create worksets based on functional areas, such as the following: For architecture and structural engineering: interior, exterior, and site. For systems: HVAC, electrical, or plumbing.

What is local file in Revit?

A local file is a users personal project file that is connected to the Central Project File via the cloud or through an internal network path. A detached model is no longer connected to the central file and therefore, any changes made to a detached file will not affect the central file or any other users project.

How does Revit worksharing work?

Worksharing is a design method that allows multiple team members to work on the same project model at the same time. On many projects, team members are assigned a specific functional area to work on. Revit projects can be subdivided into worksets to accommodate such environments.

How do I save a Revit file?

  1. Click File tab (Save As).
  2. Select a Project, Family, Template, or Library file type to save.
  3. In the Save As dialog, navigate to the desired folder.
  4. If desired, change the file name.
  5. To specify save options, click Options, set the options as desired, and click OK.

How do I save a Revit model to BIM 360?

  1. In Revit, open or create a model.
  2. Click Collaborate tab Manage Collaboration panel (Worksets).
  3. In the Worksets dialog, click OK.
  4. Click File tab (Save As).
  5. Select Cloud Model.
  6. In the Save as Cloud Model dialog, navigate to the desired project and folder on BIM 360.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Click Close to continue.

How do I publish a Revit model to BIM 360?

Click the BIM 360 link and navigate to a cloud project that contains Revit cloud models. To publish the latest version do the following: Single model: On the right, click [ … ], and click Publish Latest. Multiple models: To select the models, click their check boxes, and click Publish.

What is a ghost file in Revit?

A ghost or phantom object appears in a Revit group and needs to be removed but is unable to be deleted.

Does BIM 360 create a local file?

Revit creates a lot of files in your Windows User folder on your local drive. It is helpful to be aware of this, especially if you are having troubles with free disk space or accessing a BIM 360 Design project.

Why is Make this a central model greyed out?

Maybe the problem is that there is no workset or workset is not activated in the project which is why it's greyed out. Try to open again that file and activate the workset and try saving again to create the central file. Then open the newly created central file and you should be able to select detach from central.

How do I sync Revit models?

Open your model in Revit that corresponds with the model data in Assemble to be synced. Select the Assemble tab, and then select the option to Sync. Select your project.

Why can't I detach from Central in Revit?

The file does not use worksets (occasionally to blame) The network connection/resource is busy, or disconnected (likely culprit) Someone is creating a local at the same moment (less often, but happens) Opening a file created in a newer version of Revit (less often)

Can two people work on the same Revit file at the same time?

Use worksharing to allow multiple users to work on different parts of one Revit project. Worksharing allows simultaneous access to a shared model through use of a central model. Use worksharing when you are working with a single model (one RVT file) that will have multiple team members working on it.

How can you tell who is working in the central file in Revit?

I think an easy way would be to go to Collaborate » Worksets. If they indeed have the Central File open, then they will be the owner of everything, including worksets, families, and views.


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Comment by Golda Kringas

hello and welcome to another edition of Sylar designing solutions tips and tricks my name is Joe no field today we're going to cover how to detach a file from your central model within the Revit environment so when you have a central model you're typically have a group of people working on local files that are feeding to the central file but what happens when you need to make a copy of that particular spot in time of the project may be for archiving or for somebody to take and review so this is gonna be the quick version of how to do that so typically you would just you know pick on your file you make another local but the process to create a detached model is you will go to your open folder or you can go to your quick access toolbar select open here and from your file menu as well you can select open here as well so either way you can do that what we're gonna do is just we're going to path to that central model and notice how it wants to create a new local file but what we're gonna do is select detach from central and what this does is it breaks it away from the central model to a point and we're gonna go through the two options that will come up go through this process so when we select open here you're gonna get two options ones detached preserve work sets and one is detached and discard work sets if you select detach to preserve work sets it still wants to keep it as a central model but it makes a direct copy of the environment that you're currently working in now if you don't need it as a central model and you just want to open it up as a one person singular type file that's where we'll pick this second option right here so we'll go through creating both of those here and we'll see what those look like so now what we'll do is we can come up here and we can go to file save as project but when we're looking our options see how this still wants to be a central model well cancel that real quick and we can close this file and then what we'll do is we'll go back to open select that central model again it's like detached from central select open we're gonna pick the second second option you for discarding worksites once this opens up we'll be able to see those different save options as well for the project and once we get into the options notice that it is unchecked so that is the two differences between the two file types that makes when you select detach from central hope this is helped you out you have a great day thank you you


Thanks for your comment Golda Kringas, have a nice day.
- Caterina Benne, Staff Member


Comment by Reiko

hey and welcome back to another Revit tutorial video in this video we'll be creating a central file the start will go to models and we'll go new we'll choose an architectural template create a new project press ok project will load up and once it's loaded up we'll add in a few walls give us a little bit of content so let's go up to the walls here doesn't really matter for this purpose throw in some walls right there and so now it's time to save we're gonna create a central file so typically when you're ready to save you'll see that the normal safe button control S is right there and that's always going to be lit up but the icon next to it which is synchronized and modify settings is what we're looking to use and if this is illuminated you'll know you're working within a central file as we can see right now this this button is not illuminated so it is safe to assume that we are not working in the central file therefore if we're not in a central file we are only in a local file which means this is saved locally there's nothing involved with networks nothing like that it is simply one file that I have open so to start we're gonna go to the collaborate tab and we're gonna go to collaborate what this is telling us to do is say hey we're gonna have to save the model before we can collaborate and essentially what we're doing at this point is yes we are creating a central model but what what does that really mean that means we are allowing work sharing that means work sharing in this case multiple people working in the same file at the same time touching the same element modifying different things all at the same time affecting one model so ok will collaborate we've hit the collaborate we're gonna save the model and continue let's go to where we want to save it for the purposes of this I will just go to the desktop will save it as project 1 hit save and right now it's asking this how do we want to collaborate and basically where this is almost asking where's the file going to be saved so at this point we have a couple of options we can choose within our network and maybe you have different drives maybe maybe you just have one drive it doesn't matter the other option being BIM 360 and this is basically the model being stored on the cloud through Autodesk so if you're not using this and we're this tutorial will not cover in 360 at all and I don't even have the option to use that because I'm not logged in with Ben 360 or anything like that so the default option is within our network which is basically like a local version basically everyone is going to be on the same network looking and using the same Revit model and we'll hit OK so now it looks like we're still working within a local file because if you look up here the synchronized button is not illuminated and that's because we haven't finished saving the model as a central file so I'm not gonna I don't need to make any more modifications to this but I'll go ahead and click the regular Save button and I'm quickly prompted with the first time this is the first time that you're saving the model is a central file do you want to proceed then yes I do work sharing is now on and once I hit yes the model will become a central model no hey y'all hey yes ok and once I do that you'll notice that the synchronized button is now illuminated that's that's great that's exactly what we're looking for but you can notice that the regular Save button is not illuminated which is kind of weird but that's just what happens so right now if I go to the synchronize button by default I'll get this dialog box that pops up and I have the option to to sync and save and when you before you like right after you save the model as a central file this central model locations will be grayed out and you actually will not even have the option to save a local file before and after syncing with a central so typically what I like to do is right after I initially save the model of the central file and I first see the synchronize button illuminated I actually want to close the model and I do this just for me because it makes me feel better because right now it's it almost feels like the models at limbo because it's pointing at something that I can't save locally so just to feel better let's close it yes I'll save it of course and I'll go back to open and I'll click on project one and two we want to make sure that we have checked create new local and when you see this check that means you're working with an essential file you also have the option to detach from central which basically takes a copy of the model that or I guess a version of the model that the model the central model is at and then detaches that basically pulls it away from the central file something else I like to use is this audit and what this is gonna do is it's gonna take a little extra time to open but while it's doing that it's going to audit your model and fix corrupted areas basically background processes and things that you can't see within the model and I you could do this as often as you want typically once a day once a week is fine but you could do it every time you open the model it's fine it's not a big deal it's just a good thing to do periodically cuz I don't need to do that right now because I just created this project but we're gonna create a new local file that tells us that we're within a central model or trying to open a central model we'll hit open and immediately I'm prompted with this and this basically says that this file already exists as in my local copy of the central file my local copy which is mine personally it currently exists do I want to override it or do I want to append the timestamp to the existing copy now the overwrite what that does is it will overwrite the the date and the file of my local copy like it for example if I was working in this model yesterday and I left saved and closed and I come back in the next morning and I hit overwrite I'm going to lose all the information I had within that local file and honestly that's generally what I do now if you're for some reason worried about the stability of your network or your network the model anything like that you can choose the append timestamp and what this will do is it basically archives or keeps a previous local copy that you were working in and now you have another one with the latest timestamp or like the latest time so if for some reason the model breaks and you're it's all corrupted and you can't open it or anything or the network is down or something like that you always have a backup local copy because you've simply taken and created a new copy with a new time and left the old one now I don't see a good reason to do this most of the time because you're not thinking that you're going to lose models left and right so I honestly what I typically do is in the morning I'll just I'll delete all my local copies and make new ones just so everything is fresh I use less server space so another easy way to do that it's just overwrite it and if we overwrite it we're just going to have that one local copy so now we've done that we can go to the sync button and now now that we've go


Thanks Reiko your participation is very much appreciated
- Caterina Benne


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