Chapter 20

Importing and Coordinating Models

It’s amazing that we’re up to Chapter 20, and yet I’m sure many readers are still unclear about how BIM fits in here. Yes, most of the previous chapters showed how you benefit from BIM when you change an item in one place and it changes in another—yada, yada, yada… But you were probably sold on the whole “coordinating with your consultants” thing back when you were considering purchasing the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software. Well, here we are. It’s time to tackle that mystical ideology that has put our industry in a loose headlock.

In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Linking a Revit structure model
  • Activating Copy/Monitor
  • Running interference detection
  • Importing and exporting AutoCAD®

Linking a Revit Structure Model

The first section of this chapter will focus on the actual event of importing a Revit Structure model. As you start the process, you’ll see that this procedure isn’t unfamiliar if you have any CAD background whatsoever. If you don’t have a CAD background, I think you’ll find these procedures to be intuitive enough to get through importing Revit models.

As you proceed into design development, you must get your structural engineer on board. This consultant may be an external or an in-house resource. Either way, this individual will have a different model with which you need to coordinate.

This section will focus on the procedures involved with importing a Revit Structure model. We’ll also cover the concept of creating ...

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