Design Options - Basic to Advanced

  • March 18, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Sorry. We ran into a conflict with the room at Autodesk for March 11th.  Pushing back one week to the 18th.

More specifically we will use actual projects to review:
- How to setup Design Options for a specific location
- Duplicating views to match each option within a location
- Where to build? Main model vs. Design Options
- Copying elements from the Main Model to Design Options
- Moving elements from one Option to another
- Accepting Primary, should you?

Other topics to discuss include:
- Rooms in design options (master vs. option)
- Wall cleanup and “secondary” options
- Options and linked models
- Archiving Design Options

We also hope to review how engineers and contractors utilize this powerful, but tricky tool

We will start presenting at 6:15
As always, if you have any comments please feel free to share

Hope to see you there!

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  • Gustavo P.

    Love the idea to place the Grid under a Design Option.
    As you suggested, Project location could be a interested topic for our next meeting

    March 19, 2013

    • John K.

      Gustavo & Troy and everyone else... I've taken a look at the grids as Design Options. Personally I don't like this solution and I'll tell you why and make a better suggestion: 1. When you make the grids under Design Options you've added many more keystrokes (commands) for the sake keeping the grids "stable" you've broken away from the KISS theory. 2. Plus and more important, in making the grids under the Design Options you have now made the grids much more harder to edit (2D vs 3D) the way Auodesk intended for the grids to be edited.

      March 26, 2013

    • John K.

      Now my VERY GOOD FRIEND Gustavo here showed me and created a HUGELY BETTER way to deal with the grids in Revit. With a little "human disciple" Gustavo's Grid Master is a much better solution to non-moving grids (please ask him on his set-up, his system he gets the credit), and since using this process I've had about a 98% success rate.

      March 26, 2013

  • Mike B.

    sorry something came up last minute and I dont think I can make it.

    March 18, 2013

  • Jason F. Springer, A.

    see you then!

    March 17, 2013

  • Douglas S.

    Can't make it, so sorry. Maybe next time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Allan R. W.

    Can't make this meeting afterall

    March 5, 2013

  • Joe F.

    Looking forward to this session. In case anyone missed it, we are looking for a Revit User / Job Captain...for those interested, please reply to my email...here is the thread to the listing. http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Revit-Users-Group/messages/boards/thread/31009142

    February 26, 2013

  • George P.

    If you are looking for a design position nowadays, Revit is the way to go.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Joe F.

    I can make that one...thanks!

    February 11, 2013

  • Tom K.

    I'll be there

    February 11, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Hello All,

    Just wanted to send a message regarding tonight's meetup.
    As you may have guessed we are rescheduling "Design Options" to March 11th. Thanks and hope to see you all next month.

    February 11, 2013

  • Jen

    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this one. Looking forward to it another time!

    February 8, 2013

  • Troy M.

    Hey Kris, Eric,
    Great suggestion on design options and bid docs. It would be great to have you present your projects to show real-world challenges and your workarounds\solutions. I think the group would really benefit from your experience. I'm thinking Bill and I would do an overview of design options to get started, and then we could roll into your projects as a couple case studies. Maybe present for 10-15 minutes each or even do something combined. Let us know if you are interested and we'll work out the details. Thanks!

    February 7, 2013

    • Eric V.

      I won't be able to this time Troy although I'd be happy to help with some other topics in the future. Sorry Kris, it's all you. :)

      February 7, 2013

    • Bill S.

      Thanks guys - we are not that smooooooth either ;)

      February 7, 2013

  • Eric V.

    I'm really echoing Kris Weeks here, but the biggest struggle for us with design options is managing alternate bid options that are affected by phasing.
    One recent project had different design options that impacted which items were demolished. We found a workaround to the design option/phasing limitation, but would be interested to hear of a more elegant solution than ours.

    February 6, 2013

    • Bill S.

      Hi Eric - good to hear from you and your comments. Looks like phasing will be one of our main topics - once we get through the basics of Design Options...

      February 6, 2013

  • Kris W.

    For what it's worth, this is a medium sized renovation project (about 200k s.f.). Just when we (4 architects/designers) mastered phasing, I hit them with design options. Both of those features can be tough for beginners and intermediates. Some of the design options also affect phasing, including some features that would require demo in one option but not in another.

    February 6, 2013

  • Kris W.

    Maybe you have advice on using Design Options to create alternate bid documentation? We're working on a project where we have alternate bid options that include different designs for parts of the project. Unlike design options used for schematic design development that are ultimately merged or discarded from the final model, alternate bids require design options that are distinct in the Revit model used to create bid docs. What's the best way to create drafting views and schedules that reflect the different design options? Any thoughts/experiences with that are appreciated.

    February 6, 2013

    • Bill S.

      Great point Kris. We will bring bid issue/alternates up as a topic. Schedules can be specific to Design Options, but get so complicated regarding phasing... This will be a good discussion point

      February 6, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Preparing for Monday night's Design Options event...

    Troy and I will be sharing our experiences, but we thought it would be nice to ask if any members have good, bad, ugly stories to share. Even better if they revolve around Structural, MEP or Construction models.

    Please respond if you'd like to add to Monday night's agenda.

    Thanks! Bill

    February 6, 2013

  • Jason F. Springer, A.

    see you then!

    January 22, 2013

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