Establish Coordinates: Acquire Coordinates from a CAD Link

I recently started a new project file at the office, and looking back over the archives, I figured it was a good time to revisit some of my workflows for file set up. At some point since I last posted about establishing coordinates, I discovered on Revit OpEd that you can actually acquire coordinates from a dwg file. Acquiring coordinates is by far the superior method for establishing coordinates. Not only is it more efficient but it is also more accurate and leaves less room for human error.

Steve’s post goes into some good detail about how to clean up your dwg file and also how you can link subsequent CAD files via Shared Coordinates once you establish coordinates. So I would definitely recommend reading his post, but if you are unfamiliar with either the Survey Point or Shared Coordinates, here is the step by step process. Continue reading


Worksets in the Landscape

Worksets facilitate the worksharing process, which allows team members to work on different parts of the project simultaneously. This is a basic Revit feature and sort of happens in the background.worksets

As such, Worksets are not something that I think about very much. If I had to guess, I would say that the average Revit user does not think about them much either (if at all). And that is probably a good thing, since we have plenty of other things to think about.

But if you are setting up a brand new Landscape Revit Template, then it might be more of an issue. So, what are some common standards for making new (user-created) Worksets, and how does this apply to the landscape?

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