As mentioned in our post “Exporting to CAD for Consultants like Engineers”, this post is about ARC’s suggested way to provide a Revit file to someone, if you must.
Firstly – Avoid It.
This is better, because however you do it, you’ll inevitably pass on some IP of ARC and your own. Our agreements discourage passing it on, anyway.
Second – try to only transfer DWG versions. Refer to a later blog post.
But, there could be a situation that requires it, eg, you may be asking someone to further develop a model. If you pass on the original file to others, we require they also be an ARC user.
Here is our short list of how we’d do it –
The point of the exercise is to only transfer the ‘model’.
- Delete all sheets. This will not delete views.
- Delete nearly every view. Retain one or two 3D views, we suggest an existing phase one and a new phase one.
- By removing sheets & views, you remove a large proportion of what we consider is the core of ARC, and your own input. This process takes out all storage views of the many text, line, dim, hatch types.
- Delete anything from the model that you feel can be removed.
- If you think you should, delete any ProjectInformation that may be ‘private’.
- Then Purge. Manage > PurgeUnused. Let it go! This will remove a LOT.
- Purge will not remove anything remaining in the model. But at least the process only retains the absolute minimum.
- Attempt to control the recipient’s use of the file, by obtaining a signed agreement. Before you send it. Refer legal advice.
Hope this helps.
Happy Reviting and ARC use!