This may be an unusual situation, but I'm working on a project along with another MEP firm, but using separate Revit projects since we work in different offices. We are designing the HVAC and lighting and they are designing the plumbing and power. Therefore, they will need our equipment placed in their model so they can provide the power. If they simply link our model into theirs, they can't connect to the equipment connectors in our equipment families. I can understand why connecting to a linked model wouldn't be possible, but how should I address this situation? Do they have to copy the equipment from our model into their model?
I'm new to Revit, and just want to make sure I'm getting something straight: the architect's model can include plumbing and light fixtures, but when an MEP firm links to the architectural model, they can't just connect to those fixtures? They have to either copy them into the MEP model (with no monitoring capability) or they turn off the architect's fixtures in Visibility/Graphics and place their own element?
Is this right? How do you make sure you're coordinated with the architect's locations?
That is correct. You cannot connect to linked objects. As far as coordination goes, that will be up to you. I guess I can understand why connecting to a linked model would not be allowed. For example, if you had all of your plumbing connected to the linked restroom fixtures and then got an updated model in which the restroom moved to a different location, it would reap havoc on your piping layout.
So, Jayspot, how do you create your plumbing models. Do you put the fixtures in your plumbing model on top of the architectural model's fixtures? Do the architects link in the MEP model and delete their plumbing fixtures? Etc.??
I have little hair left on my head but I am slowly pulling it out. Also, have you found a way to use p-traps?
"I have little hair left on my head but I am slowly pulling it out."
You better get some Rogaine if you're going to work in Revit.
I personally haven't done any plumbing in Revit at this point. I have done some mechanical piping but, of course, the mechanical equipment was in my model, not linked. I don't know what the best approach would be. It seems like your only option is to copy the architects fixtures into your model. You'll still have to add connectors to their plumbing families because most likely they don't have any (since they have no use for them).