Managing Large Projects in Revit

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MonArch - Month of Architecture 2014 in VIA UC, Horsens, Denmark. Presentation by Jody Lee Potvin-Jones from Henning Larsen Architects.

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  • MANAGING LARGE PROJECTS IN REVIT ARCHITECTUREFROM EARLY DESIGN PHASES TO DETAIL DRAWINGS

    MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

  • Goal:

    MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    * To share tools for coordinating large projects in Revit, from early design phases to detail drawings, while simultaneously balancing between flexibility + adaptability and discipline + systems.

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  • Overview:

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  • Overview:

    MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Project Phase

    Description/Milestones

    Level of detail

    Expected deliverables

    Requirements

    Revit best practices

    Possiblechallenges

    Troubleshooting

    Solutions

    Workarounds

    IDEAL SCENARIO

    REALITY CHECK

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    An architecture project:

    MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    In theory:

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    An architecture project:

    MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    In practice:

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    flexibility + adaptability discipline + systems

    Support the creative process

    Allows trial and error

    Provide reliable data

    Deliver accurate geometry

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Context and Initial Setup:

    What is a large Revit project?

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Context and Initial Setup:

    What is a large Revit project?

    That depends.

    For one team, a large Revit project can mean this:

    ... and for another team it can mean this:

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    Context and Initial Setup:

    Generally, one or more of these conditions apply to large Revit projects:

    Large amount of m2.

    Collaboration with several teams and stakeholders.

    Certain level of complexity.

    Focus on the Information part of BIM.

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    People have a bigger impact on the project than any other part of the BIM process.

    People:

    Culture Roles Organization

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    People:

    The Revit coordinatorplays a critical role

    People Processes + Workflows Technology

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    Rule for model coordinators:

    * On large Revit projects it is always better to plan ahead than to fix later.

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    BIM Execution Plan:

    A BIM Execution Plan is an essential tool in planning the projet. It provides a framework that anticipates decisions, and can be used as a reference to settle problems throughout the project.

    It should include:

    The Design Authoring environment and workflow Cost Estimation Design Coordination Project information Uses of the Building Information Model Requirements for model maintenance and keeping healthy project files How information is exchanged between teams Requirements for the model data Procedures for collaboration Structure of the building information model and team responsibilities.

    Harlan BrummAutodesk Inc.

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    Project Revit User Guide:

    On large Revit Projects, it is a good idea to gather all the internal project information in a document that can be shared with all team members.

    It should include:

    A list of all Revit models A description of how worksets are used A description of the Project Browser organization Positioning and file linking information Step-by-step standard workflows Step-by-step special workflows Resources A quick reference cheat-sheet

    * All new team members should read this document before opening Revit.

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    Templates:

    A good Project Template can save a lot of time and energy on a project. It can also ensure consistency between models on a large project with multiple files, and reduce the amount of coordination between the models.

    * On a large project requiring a large amount of families, it may be necessary to create new Family Templates.

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    Dividing the model.

    Large projects often need to be divided into several models in order to accomodate:

    Many users in the files.

    A heavy model - though not necessarily a large file size.

    Team members in a different geographic location-

    Before dividing a Revit model into several models, remember that it is much easier to divide a model than to reassemble two models.

    Consider the consequences, and divide the models in a way that will remain relevant throughout the project in terms of geometry, current and future workload, amount of users in the files, etc.

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  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Schematic Design:

    During the first phaseschematic designan architect consults with the owner to determine project goals and requirements. Often this determines the program for the project. [...] During schematic design, an architect commonly develops study drawings, documents, or other media that illustrate the concepts of the design and include spatial relationships, scale, and form for the owner to review. Schematic design also is the research phase of the project, when zoning requirements or jurisdictional restrictions are discovered and addressed. [...]

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    Expected deliverables:

    Schematic design often produces a site plan, floor plan(s), sections, an elevation, and other illustrative materials; computer images, renderings, or models. Typically the drawings include overall dimensions, and a construction cost is estimated. [...]

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    Level of detail:

    The focus is on geometry, layouts, and eventually placing openings (doors, windows).

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    Requirements:

    Ability to test multiple layouts without committing Extract areas from the models Extract preliminary quantities from the model

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Revit Best Practices:

    Linked models on their own worksetBegin with a generic model Position project correctly

    *Maintenance: Purge Unused Audit Monitor and resolve warnings Save As (with new name) New Local files delete old. Monitor Project Size and Family Sizes Compact

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Possible challenges:

    What can go wrong?

    How can the problem be addressed?

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    Design Development:

    Design development (DD) services use the initial design documents from the schematic phase and take them one step further. This phase lays out mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and architectural details.

    Typically referred to as DD, this phase results in drawings that often specify design elements such as material types and location of windows and doors. The level of detail provided in the DD phase is determined by the owners request and the project requirements. The DD phase often ends with a formal presentation to, and approval by, the owner.

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    Expected Deliverables:

    Design development often produces floor plans, sections, and elevations with full dimensions. These drawings typically include door and window details and outline material specifications.

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    Level of detail:

    The model becomes more accurate - building components are more clearly defined.

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Requirements:

    Represent the project according to firms graphic standards Ability to test multiple layouts without committing Increase level of detail progressively Extract quantities of materials from the models Extract room data (areas, components, etc.) from the models. Internal Revisions using Breadcrumbs

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Revit Best Practices:

    Gradually replace generic families with more detailed familesUse worksets efficientlyUse design options

    *Maintenance: Purge Unused Audit Monitor and resolve warnings Save As (with new name) New Local files delete old. Monitor Project Size and Family Sizes Compact

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Possible challenges:

    What can go wrong?

    How can the problem be addressed?

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Construction Documents:

    Once the owner and architect are satisfied with the documents produced during DD, the architect moves forward and produces drawings with greater detail. These drawings typically include specifications for construction details and materials.

    Once CDs are satisfactorily produced, the architect sends them to contractors for pricing or bidding, if part of the contract. The level of detail in CDs may vary depending on the owners preference. [...]

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Expected deliverables:

    The construction document phase produces a set of drawings that include all pertinent information required for the contractor to price and build the project.

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Level of detail:

    Building components have defined materials and are built accurately - finishes and-furnishings, and fixtures are added to the model.

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Requirements:

    Represent the project according to firms graphic standards Navigate between final design adjustments and detailing Increase level of detail progressively Extract accurate material quantities from the models Find appropriate balance between 2D and 3D

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Revit Best Practices:

    Detail draw details in RevitUse keynotes for annotating detailsUse detail itemsDo not over-detail in 3D

    *Maintenance: Purge Unused Audit Monitor and resolve warnings Save As (with new name) New Local files delete old. Monitor Project Size and Family Sizes Compact

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Possible challenges:

    What can go wrong?

    How can the problem be addressed?

  • MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    Practice:

    20 min

    Teams of 4-6

    SCENARIO:

    You have just been given the role of Revit model coordinator of a large project:

    The project is 60 000 m2.

    The project geometry includes curved and irregular shapes.

    The team of 12 consists mainly of first-time Revit users, but two have worked with Revit before, and one is a strong user.

    How would you begin? Can you anticipate challenges?

  • Conclusion:

    MONARCH | Jody Lee Potvin-Jones | 2014.03.19 | VIA University College, Chr M stergaards Vej, Horsens, Denmark

    People

    Communication

    Collaboration

    Thinking ahead

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  • Thank you!