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Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Round Tripping Design Review mark-ups in Revit
A typical workflow for a
set of construction drawings include printing out a set of drawings, having the
Lead architect or Project Manager review the project by marking up the sheets
with a red pen and then give back to make the noted changes.
This can include lots of
printed sheets and lots of space to lay out the printed drawings….
If we use Design Review for
our review drawings we can exchange comments, notes and questions all
digitally. Whoever is reviewing the DWFx sheets can also see the properties of
elements as well as use a set of tools in Design Review to pull information as
well as place comments.
When you mark up the DWF
file, you are marking on top of the plotted views from Revit, as if you used a red marker on a printout. After you have marked up the DWF, you can link it back
Bringing the DWFx back into
Revit we can mark the changes as either Question,
Done or For Review as well as write comments and then be saved back to the
The reviewer can also have
the entire model to review and explore in Design Review giving them a far
better understanding of the entire project.
Here’s how we can “Round trip” a DWFx file to
and from Revit:
Firstly we need to export
Revitsheet and views to a DWFx file.
Note:The difference between DWF and
DWFx, we can export sheets and views to DWF as well as DWFx but only DWFx will
allow us to export the 3D model.
·From the application button (the big R in the top left) select Export >
·Select from the drop down what you want to
export. Note that if you select “All
views and sheets in the Model”you
will be able to select the 3D view as well as the sheets.
After making your selection you can save it for future use.
Save to a folder and
you’re ready to open in Design Review to mark up…
Open the DWFx in Design
Review and using the tools available make any comments, notes queries that you
After you have marked up
your DWFx bring it back into Revit by using the DWF Markup took in Revit.
A dialog box will pop up
allowing you to map the DWFx sheets to your Revit sheets, but only if you need
too and if you have renamed your sheets after exporting the DWFx.
You can manage your DWFx
links through the Manage Links dialog
Any comments and mark-up on
the DWF will then be superimposed on top of your Revit sheets.
By selecting the comment
the properties of the DWF appear which you can now manipulate.
Change the status of the
Options include: None, For
Review, Question and Done.
Make notes on the comment;
maybe write a question here or a comment for the reviewer.
Review the History of the
comments and the number of times it’s been “Round Tripped”.
When you’re done reviewing
and making the appropriate comments to the DWF file while in Revit save the
Revit project, this will automatically save back your changes that you have
made to the DWF.
You can resend the DWFx
back to the Reviewer for verification. Any changes to the status of the
comments or adding your own comments will be updated in the DWF file.