Key Plans in Revit Architecture

Buildings that are too big to fit on one plotted sheet are divided up into units or areas for plotting purposes.  When that is done, key plans are created and typically placed in the lower corner of the sheet to illustrate how the unit shown on the plotted sheet relates to the entire building.  This article will describe a process to create just a single key plan that has parameters for the displaying various units.  This method is an alternative to a common key plan method of having a separate key plan legend for each unit. Continue reading

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BIM Standards with the AIA® E202

The Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit Document E202 was developed by the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and is an extremely important document when working with Building Information Model (BIM) technology.  I have previously blogged about the Level of Development portion and its impact, but there is another aspect of the document which is also very important.  A portion of the document addresses the BIM standards that are to be utilized when creating and sharing the model.  This portion is very important as it creates continuity for the project and provides the owner with the format that they desire, if applicable.  It can also have a big impact on productivity. Continue reading