Quick Tip – Workset Rule of Thumb

Be sure to have a Workset for each Revit file that you link in. It is also important to be smart about Worksets that you use for your DWG links. Have at least one Workset for all the DWG links, and possibly break it up to multiple logical groups.

Don’t go crazy, though. You want to keep your number of Worksets as low and manageable as possible.

Quick Tip – In Place Families

At some point in your Revit model’s life, you (or someone) will have to create some content for it. For non-system families, you can either create a component from an external template or an in-place family.

You don’t want to use in-place families too often. While it is inevitable that you will have to use in-place families in a project, be selective in their use. If you create an in-place family and later decide that it should be a component family, there is absolutely no way to convert it (edit: see comments below for a great work-around for this). If you must use an in place family, do not duplicate it; you will be adding gobs of memory usage to your model without realizing it. If you are making something that is not going to be a single unique object, make it as a component family.

The big caveat (there is always at least one, usually there are 17) is that System Families must be in-place families. There is no way to make those loadable families.