UK BIM Revit Protocol – View Management

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Many of us here in South Africa follow the UK BIM Protocol. In this blog I will demonstrate how to manage your views in Revit as set out in the following Documents:

  • AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Autodesk Revit, Version 1.0, April 2010
  • AEC (UK) BIM Protocol for Autodesk Revit, Version 2.0, September 2012
  • BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016, BRITISH STANDARD: Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information – Code of practice

The protocol advises that views that are removed from the WIP category after being placed on sheets. On discussing this with a practicing BIM specialist, I came to the conclusion that this is not always done in practice. Why not set up a Template in which this is an option that may be exercised with the minimum of fuss?

Create a Browser Organization in the following manner to comply with the UK standard.

Group the views by:

  • Family and Type

Sort the views by:

  • Associated Level

AEC UK BIM Protocol, Revit, View Browser, View Management

Filter the views by:

  • Sheet Name = None

AEC UK BIM Protocol, Revit, View Browser, View Management

The result of this browser classification is that, when a view is placed on a sheet, it will disappear from the View section of the project browser. It is then shown on the Publication View List. This happens automatically without having to remember to change any parameters of the views. If a view is removed from a sheet it will automatically return to the WIP folder

AEC UK BIM Protocol, Revit, View Browser, View Management

The downside is that one cannot navigate to the view from the view schedule. I prefer copying the view name from the schedule and searching for it in the sheets.

The optional method of assigning views can be achieved by declaring a project text parameter to classify the view (VIEW_CLASSIFICATION) and assign it to views.

AEC UK BIM Protocol, Revit, View Browser, View Management

This is the parameter that will place the working views in the WIP or the DOCUMENTATION project browser view folder if the BIM protocol is deviated from when required. Unfortunately one then has to remember to set the parameter accordingly. This can be done using a dummy schedule to immediately list all the views on sheets, selecting all of them and then setting the parameter correctly. It will have to be a mandated task set out in a checklist and managed periodically.

AEC UK BIM Protocol, Revit, View Browser, View Management

If a view is removed from a sheet it will not automatically return to the WIP folder, so it might be an idea to run a script to automate such functionality.

If you need help with your BIM workflows remember to contact Micrographics to advise and support you along the way.

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