Friday, August 6, 2010

AUGI AEC Edge Article

The Spring release of AUGI AEC Edge is now available.

I wrote an article on Revit collaboration using a single model, which has been published in the Spring release, and can be found on pages 28 and 29.

AUGI AEC Edge is a valuable source of information for all things BIM.

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  1. Glenn, While single model collaboration sounds good in theory or with architecturally/aesthetically simple designs (as does linking w/ copy/monitor), I wonder how well it works in the real world with complex walls. Our architects tend to break their walls into multiple segments horizontally and/or floors vertically in order to achieve the aesthetic effects they desire, such as false pilasters and complex material patterns. They also sometimes edit the wall profile.

    Whether using a single model or a linked model with copy/monitor, this does not yield the continuoud monolithic walls our sructural engineers need to see.

    The best approach we've come up with is to link the arch model as a background for coordination, copy/monitor only shared levels, grids, maybe columns, and over the arch walls with new structural walls. Unfortunately, this requires a level of manual coordination.

    I don't know how this could be effectively handled in a shared model.

    Your comments?

  2. Hi,

    The architectural edits to the walls you mention, are these walls (within the architects model) walls with mutiple layers?

    i.e. in the 'real world' when these walls are built, will there be a structural wall that is a continuous monolithic wall, and these architectural effects would be constructed in the finishes of the wall?

    If that is the case, then whether you link or use a single model, I would suggest always owning the structure.

    If I am linking files, I always ask the architect to remove every structural element from their model, and if they need to show structure within their documentation, they should set up view templates to control the visibility of the structural model.

    That way, you have full control of the structure - no architectural 'wall edits' without consulting you first. Any finishes / effects the architect desires, they can model these within their model, sitting in the correct place in relation to the linked structural walls.

    On one hand, this method (which I always use when using linked models) does require 'manual coordination' but the coordination is done as the documents and models are being built, and you still have full use of the clash detection tools.

    I hope I haven't misinterprited your intitial question and gone off on a tangent?