View Full Version : Question: Revit Architecturals used like XREF's in AutoCAD?
18th Feb 2008, 10:38 pm
Is there a way, or better yet an option that allows to take an architectural floorplan completely done in Revit and "XREF" it into a new file so I can do my mechanicals? I'm just now getting started in Revit and there's been a new job that came up with Revit files from the architects and I'm wanting to start learning this program finally.
Or maybe I'm not even thinking on the right track. Does everything have to be drawn in the single file that was created? Just looking for some new user guidence so I can get started on the right foot of this new project. Thanks all in advance for helping. 8)
18th Feb 2008, 11:10 pm
Are you doing the Mech in Revit or in CAD? Each program uses a different technique, but yes it can be done.
18th Feb 2008, 11:12 pm
I'm using Revit. The files came in either AutoCAD or Revit format, but we told the architects that we are going to have a go at using the Revit files. So naturally I'm automatically selected to do all the drafting since I'm the only one with Revit installed. :wink:
18th Feb 2008, 11:41 pm
I think you need to go to File, Import/Link, Revit
18th Feb 2008, 11:55 pm
Tried it and it works. However, looks like this is not going to work for me to use the full benefit of Revit. I guess I'll be creating my mechanical drawings directly in the file so I can calculate zones and mechanical parameters directly from the Architectural Floorplans. But good to know that's the option either way. Thanks Rob, many thanks. :)
19th Feb 2008, 12:44 am
I'm startin' to get into Revit at this office myself, so I'm posing a question meant to be more of a 'set of eyes' as opposed to a clear answer;
but in revit, aren't all models based off of one model?
in autocad, you can have a 'floorplan.dwg' and use it for celing/RCP/lighting plans, mech plans, etc etc.
but in Revit; you have one model, but are able to switch to a 'per discipline' tab;
ergo, you have one single 'central file' that is essentially the whole project; sure you can create 'local' files, but they still relinquish to one central file.
now for an actual answer; if you have that one arch floorplan, you should be able to tab to the mech-tab and start laying down your duct, diffusers, CFMs, pipes, etc.
Which revit are you using?
19th Feb 2008, 04:30 am
I'm using Revit MEP 2008. I've started the Mechanical Tutorials and I'm getting the hang of it. My engineer uses the Trane software Trace, which is a gbXML type program that calculates mechanical loads and zones the ductwork, which completely import/exports with Revit. I'm trying to do this "the right way" to fully implement the full uses of Revit. I'm just thinking it's like AutoCAD which is my first mistake. lol, it's NOTHING like AutoCAD at all. so that's why I'm starting from absolute scratch with these tutorials. Wish me luck... haha :wink:
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