Having never started a thread here before, I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but here goes ...
I work for a company that designs prototype buildings and is just starting to implement Revit. Since our buildings are situated in many geographic locations, each site may require one of four differenct foundation systems. From the foundation up, however, the structure doesn't vary except in minor details.
For several reasons, one being the fact that our building is small, we've decided to combine architecture and structure into a single model. Our initial thought was to have multiple foundation options in the combined A/S prototype model from among which the applicable foundation would be selected. However, since it often happens that the fastest way to create a new project is to use an existing one rather than start over again with the base prototype (we rarely build the prototype exactly as is), the four options would no longer be available in hta scenario. Another solution considered was to have the foundation system as a separate model that could either be linked to or inserted as a group inot the main A/S model.
Has anyone had a situation like this and if so, what solution was used? I'm concerned about both ease of editing the models and ramifications for evaluating structural systems when that system is split between models. I will note that at present, structural analysis in Revit is low on our priority list.