Often, we hear from our customers that they very seldom share their Revit models with other disciplines. The arguments are usually that there’s too much information in the model, and that IFC is safer to use, or that there’s too much ‘company secrets’ in the model, too many unnecessary views, sheets or similar.
There’s a simple solution to remove unwanted information in the model so you easily can share it without these obstacles mentioned above. A project cleanup. Not only will it make you able to share your model with only the information you want to share, it will also improve model performance and reduce the file size.
An overview of project clean-up
With project cleanup you can remove unnecessary views, sheets and other categories from your model to improve performance and reduce the file size.
How to use project clean-up
The feature can be applied both to work-shared projects and to non-work-shared projects.
- clean-up the current project as a copy
- clean-up work-shared project as a detached copy with preserved work sets
- clean-up work-shared project as a detached copy with discarded work sets
- clean-up the currently opened project
Clean-up the current project as a copy
This is default setting, you specify new filename and output folder for a cleaned-up project. Then choose what you want to clean-up from "options part" in dialog box, and "confirm" that you want to clean-up the project. All changes will be applied to copied project; and the current project will not be changed.
Clean-up the current work-shared project as a detached copy with preserved work sets
This option is for when you want to preserve existing work sets when clean-up a work-shared project as a copy. Cleaned-up project will be detached and saved as a new central model.
Clean-up the current work-shared project as a detached copy with discarded work sets
This option let you discard the existing work sets when clean-up a work-shared project as a copy. The cleaned-up project will be detached, as well.
Clean-up the currently opened project
Enable this feature by un-selecting the "save as a copy" option in the dialogue box. Then confirm if you want to continue. Choose the categories you want to delete and clean-up the project. Note! All changes will be applied to currently opened project, so be careful when using this option.
The project clean-up dialogue box
The dialogue box options part lists views, sheets, and other categories that can be deleted from the current project. Select the check boxes to indicate what to clean-up from the project.
Delete model views
- All, except coordination - all model views except the ones with discipline set to coordination will be deleted
- Not on sheets - model views with discipline different from coordination will not be deleted if they are placed on sheets
- Checked - all model views with parameter NVPurge set to yes will be deleted
Using these options, it is possible to delete renderings from your project. Since renderings are views, you can add NVPurge parameter to them and use it for cleaning up your project.
- All - will delete all sheets from cleaned-up project
- Checked - will delete all sheets with parameter NVPurge set to yes
- All - all images from the project will be deleted
- Unused - images with "count = 0" in manage Images are deleted
If delete model views or delete model sheets are selected together with delete images - unused, then images that are placed on these views/sheets will be deleted from the project as well.
- Delete revisions will delete revisions from cleaned-up project
- Delete unused scope boxes will delete scope boxes if these are not used on views, levels, grids or reference planes
- Delete unused view filters – rule based view filters are deleted if they are not attached to a view or view template. Deletion is made after the deletion of views- which means that if view is deleted, then view filter used by that view will also be deleted
Project clean-up in transfer settings
You can transfer saved project clean-up settings between projects with the transfer settings feature.
Want to learn more?
You can test the feature out in a free trial here:
- Naviate Architecture
- Naviate Electrical
- Naviate HVAC and Plumbing
- Naviate Site and Landscaping
- Naviate Structure
Do you have other obstacles you meet when you want to share your work? We would love to hear about them, perhaps we can help out!