Chapter 5

Multiplatform Interoperability: Working with 2D and 3D Data

This chapter introduces you to the best-practice techniques for importing data into your Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2014 database, either directly into the project file or via a loadable family. The chapter also covers which data to use and when in the project life cycle to use it. Selecting a button that performs the import is easy—but, more important, why are you doing it? And for that matter, should you be doing it?

Revit works reasonably well with file types other than native RVT project files. Many of the issues you will encounter are due to the differences between existing CAD technologies, which for the most part rely on elements—lines, arcs, and circles, while the newer BIM ...

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