I love standards. Standards let everyone in the firm hop from project to project with ease. Hopefully this isn’t something I have to sell you on.
Something standards related that a good BIM user needs, is organization. Back in the days of CADD, individual file management was important, but one could muddle through a directory filled with crap and find what they needed ultimately.
With Revit, we’re mainly talking view management as a replacement for file management. Setting up an organizational structure and standards and strong guidelines for views is crucial for your team to get the job done efficiently and with fewer headaches. Below are some tips that we have found beneficial:
- Name views that go on sheets IN ALL CAPS. This is a quick visual cue that the view is for printing or working.
- For jobs with multiple disciplines, create a parameter in the view that you can sub-organize view by. We called it ‘View Types’, and fill it with “Architectural Elevations” or “Structural Plans”. Then we create a View Browser Type that filters and groups by that parameter. The same can be easily done for projects with multiple wings or buildings, to keep those related views grouped together.
- We have also tweaked our default view type so once a view is on a sheet it no longer shows under the Views list. We found that at some undetermined point in design development, most people on the team start referring to views by the sheet, and not the view name.
Whatever guidelines you set up, make sure that your people stick to them, so everyone can benefit.