When we are able to copy central file from it's original location to local drive or any other PC, it mean all PC's are in same network. While we saving a file as central file, that time the path is assigned to central file. So with in the particular LAN from any PC we will get access to central file. Like that it is linked with central file and updates when we synchronized. See the attached image for central file path. I have saved file in my D drive. If i copied that central file to other drives in same PC, that one becomes local file and it will get connected with central file which is in D drive.
The options and arguments for various ways of opeining a local copy is a few. I think it should come down to best practice. In my experience (PTM @ BDP-London) the way that has 100% success rate is to navigate to the Central Model with in Revit, Create New Local is checked by default, Open.
Using other ways, implemented by new BIM coordinators for example, has proven to cause some issues. This may be, and in some cases are, down to users not being 100% sure what they are doing and just do as they are told. Further training and more importatly more project experience i.e. time will help in preventing errors.
My argument is not that other ways are wrong but that proven methodes should be used for the best of the business. The proven way for me is the navigate to the central method and this is our best practice method.
Till today i have not faced any problem by creating local file by older process. Any how i will start using proven method. But I would like to know what kind of issues or errors will occur if we created local file by using other then proven methodes.
Sudheer Kumar G
One issue we had was that the Central model had been opened as some point on a few of the user machines. They were also told (not by my self) to use the shortcut on the start screen. As a result the users with limited experience using Revit unknowlingly opened the Central model to work as this was the last opened file in the shortcut list.
Obviously issues like this can be resolved with further training, close monitoring and over time with more experience.
My point of using a error free method is that time and effort can be spent on other more problematic issues.
What ever method that is adapted I think it is important that it is documented as the standard in the office and the use of the standards should be supported by directors, associates and project managers. The at least when a problem is highlighted we (BIM Managers and PTM's) know where to look and we don't have to work out what method has been used.
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