CHAPTER 6 Working with Consultants

Whether you work on large or small projects—residential, commercial, or industrial building types—collaboration is an almost certain aspect of the workflow you will encounter when implementing BIM. This chapter discusses important considerations for interdisciplinary coordination as well as the tools within Autodesk® Revit® software to help you manage the process. This chapter covers aspects of collaboration solely utilizing the Revit platform, and Chapter 7, “Interoperability: Working Multiplatform,” focuses on collaborating with other software programs.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Prepare for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Collaborate using linked Revit models
  • Use Copy/Monitor between linked models
  • Run interference checks

Preparing for Collaboration

Working alone in the Revit environment will deliver measurable increases in productivity, quality, and consistency; however, the true benefit of building information modeling (BIM) is the ability to effectively collaborate between design disciplines, share model data with contractors, and deliver useful information to facility operators.

The difference between these working paradigms has been described as lonely BIM versus social BIM. Lonely BIM can be thought of as the use of isolated BIM techniques for targeted tasks such as architectural design or structural analysis. Social BIM is the act of sharing model data between project stakeholders in order to enhance collaboration while ...

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