Tuesday, November 17, 2009

In response to a comment from W. left with this post, I thought I'll compile a list of things that have made my Revit faster:

  • Close all views that you do not need at the moment.
    • This is especially true when saving as Revit re-calculates all open views after saving.
  • Only have one file open at a time.
  • Use constraints with caution.
  • Turn off shadow(s) until you want to print.
  • Keep your template and your project file as clean as possible.
  • Close Revit during lunch.
  • When working with central files:
    • Create a new local file every day.
    • Regularly compact the central file.
  • When working with single files:
    • Don't. Still make a central file out of it, put it on a server, and work in the local file.
  • Work in a local file that resides on your own computer. Don't put files on a server unless it's the central file.
I hope this helps.

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    1. Anonymous said...
      Thanks for these tips, we're already doing this once and awhile, though very unpleasant and timeconsuming with a 250 mb file and multiple users.
      Are you already on 2010 and if yes, do you think it is faster than 2009?
      Oliver said...
      Hi W.

      yes, we're using 2010. I can't really say whether it's faster that 2009 since we've only recently made the switch to Revit and I've not spent much time on 2009.

      Just a question: you are using local files and a central file, yes? Because putting files on a server somewhere and working directly from that is veeeeeery slow when saving.
      Anonymous said...
      Yes. we keep the central file on the server and the local files on the PC's D-drive. Saving locally is no problem.
      Sometimes saving to central fails, because the workstation is out of memory (4gb installed with 3 gb switch on winXP 32bit). Mostly a restart of Revit solves this, but not always. In that case we need to copy the file over to another workstation which has more capabilities, 12gb with winXP 64bit.
      What happens when central saving is Revit loads the central file next to the local file, so you have 2 x 250 mb and depending on the number of changes made the process runs up to 2.2 gb.
      Maybe switching to Windows 7 64 bit might speed things up a bit.
      Oliver said...
      If I compare your filesize to some of the things we've been working on, your buildings must either be really big, really complex or you're trying to model too much in 3D.

      Have you considered splitting up your projects and working in several files that you later put together in one file?
      Anonymous said...
      Indeed it's really big and complex.
      4000 sq m., 9 floors, existing cellars, lots of different walls, windows, doors, masses, etc. The building isn't really suitable for splitting up due to sharing. Also we are creating fielddrawings (werktekeningen) in it with lots of text and dimensions.

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