When architects, structural engineers, and mechanical engineers collaborate on a building project, they must share information about the design, so that all teams are working with the same assumptions. By coordinating efforts across disciplines, the teams avoid expensive errors and rework.
Almost all structural drawings begin with an architectural layout. Revit Structure can link in this layout at the start of a project. This can be a 2D AutoCAD file or a 3D Revit Model, we could also link in an IFC file from other 3D modelling software.
A major benefit of linking in another Revit model in to Revit structure, it allows for clashes between disciplines to be detected and information can be shared. So with your Revit Structure model you can coordinate with a Revit Architecture model and run an interference check. A report is generated from the interference check, and any clashes will be noted. The design team can discuss the interferences and create a strategy to address them. The clash report can be refreshed and the problem elements removed from the conflicts list as the problems are resolved.
We can also copy and monitor elements from a linked model to our structural model, things like Levels and Grids, Columns, Walls and Floors. When we collaborate Revit Models with other disciplines we will sometimes be sent a revised model, Revit Structure can check the revised model against our own model and warn us should any Levels, Grids, columns, walls and floors move or be deleted. We can then coordinate changes amongst the design teams and resolve any issues regarding changes to the building model.
Finally linking in other models not only allows us to see, and clash check between these models but keeps our project file size to a minimum.
Don’t forget to check out the Graitec Powerpack for Revit for a lot of useful additional functions.