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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Optimal performance for Revit!!!

I've comprised a list of suggestions for optimal performance regarding Revit Architecture. These were pulled from many reading sources over the last year and have been made "standard" for my office for best practice. I hope you find them useful!

  • Regularly check and resolve Warnings. (Continue this process throughout entire project.)               
*  Manage Tab - Inquiry - Warnings
  • Ensure all paths are pathed directly to project file, not "mapped" drives.
  • All linked Revit files should also be pathed directly and then labeled "Absolute", (not relative).
*  Manage Worksets - Revit Tab - Path Type (To the right side of Saved Path Column)
  • Minimize the number of linked or imported dwg files.
*  It's best to "clean-up" dwg's before importing.
*  Turn off dwg files in perpendicular views, as it will only show as collinear lines in elevation, causing performance degradation.
*  Delete dwg's if unused or un-needed.
  • "Clean-up" all linked files before linking them. (See Linking Files/ Models handout)
*  Remove any un-used sheets, views, links, etc.
*   Purge & Audit
  • Create a family component instead of in-place families when possible, especially for repetitive components. Each in-place family has separate type attributes that Revit has to reference.
  • Families require fewer resources than groups. Groups are powerful, but updating large quantities of group instances consumes significant computing resources.
  • Where possible, avoid widespread use of voids in family geometry.
  • Remove un-needed raster images and renderings.
  • Avoid unnecessary Groups - delete from project browser.
  • Wireframe and Shading can be 3 times faster than Hidden Line or Shading w/ Edges.
  • Avoid hiding large quantities of individual elements in views.
  • Delete unused views if at all possible.
*  Adding too many views can increase overall file size even if you haven't added any geometry in them.

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