I've used Revit at a couple of past employers where they had people who understood this program much better than me. I didn't work at either place long enough to really understand the whole file management-best practices thing and now, after 1.5 years of non-Revit work, I'm the "revit expert" at my current company. With past versions of Revit, I know there were some good rules to follow concerning file management, but I'm not really able to find information on that now. Here's what I'd like some input on...
1. How do you handle the conceptual phase? This is where we might be completely rearranging the floor plan 3-4 times and design options just doesn't seem like a good idea for that. We're not even ready for massing at this point, we're just trrying to understand program and the user's needs.
2. Are you generating plans with a different software then bringing it into Revit once it's closer to design development?
In the past, with AutoCAD, others in my company would create a floor plan, then copy and paste over and make changes all within one file. There could be 10-15 different floor plans in that one file. Then once a plan was chosen, they would archive the original file and create a new one to work off of with just the one (current) floor plan. I know that I've been told in the past that copying a revit model multiple times within the same file is not a good idea. My co-worker would like to create several revit files with a different floor plan option in each one. While this seems like the option that might work, I'd like to know what you might be doing at this stage? Any suggestions would be appreciated as I'm just not familiar enough with what Revit does or doesn't like in the background as far as the software and file management is concerned. Too many times with Revit I've been bitten by heading down a road without understanding the consequences of what I've done to get there!
Thanks in advance.