Is there a program out there or function within revit that will allow a better work flow between designers and drafters? Our office spends a lot of energy printing and maintaining a "check set" for the project architect to work out of. He has a working knowledge of Revit but simply prefers the speed and simplicity of sketching. Is there anything that mimics that type of experience but is digital and thus always current? Thanks!
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For the Revit 2010 release they made a complete sketching
program out of Revit massing. It is much more convenient to
start a construction model from a Revit massing sketch than
it is to build it from another sketching program. BUT.
I think the idea is this: Sketch a building concept with anything the
building design artist prefers to use. Even if that is with paper and
pencil. The Revit drafter should be able to build a construction
model from any kind of sketch. .skp, .dwg, scanned image or
anything. The model should be flexable where major parts of
the model can be "revised" and grid lines can be moved, to satisfy
not only the designer, but also the engineers, and owners etc etc.
As for how all these people work together, well that's a big part of
what BIM is about.
Look into Design Review and dwfs. You can use them to do electronic redlines, and then the redlines can be re-imported to Revit as overlays on the sheet. There's a lot more that it can do, too, but I just thought I'd mention the basics. If you have any specific questions, feel free to post them and I'll answer as best as I can.
Good point rosskirby makes about DWF because that has
a lot to do with how people will work together.
Digital Web Format, meaning a way for people to work together
that are not in the same office. And I believe working over the
web is the future. No wonder Autodesk has been trying so hard
to include DWF with the arch programs they sell, they know this
you can use Autodesk Design Review (which gets installed along with Revit) for markups and corrections.
DWF is the file extension used for this. Revit can directly use DWF markup set and you can keep a track of all markups in 2d sheets as well as in 3d models.
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