Like most architecture and engineering firms in the building design industry, you probably have a large library of details your firm has been using for years. Those details are a critical part of your construction documents because they show the contractors how to install important components in your building design. Your detail library is still in AutoCAD format despite your design team transitioning to Revit.

So when you go to use those details in a Revit project, there are two methods most designers use; both of which are wrong. Revit can either insert DWG files or link DWG files into a project. The trouble with both methods is the extra junk that gets imported into the Revit model. Line types resident in the AutoCAD file are imported into the Revit project file, even if the DWG file is only linked. Far too often users will insert a DWG file into a drafting view, explode the DWG file, then convert the imported linework and annotations to Revit lines and text styles. The trouble with this strategy is the impact it has on the project. The exploded DWG file adds import line styles, hatch patterns, text styles and more to the project. This extra junk that comes along with the DWG files causes bloated and sluggish model performance. Those imported object types are then available for use in projects and less seasoned or careless users will inadvertently use the imported line and text styles causing drawings to not meet company standards.


The best approach to migrating your detail library to Revit is to convert details separately from your production projects and then add the sanitized details to a Revit detail library. To avoid transmitting imported object styles from your DWG files a very specific conversion process must be followed. This can be very time consuming.


Allow our team to help yours by having us complete the conversions for you.


We will meet with your team to understand your Revit project browser organization, company specific line patterns, text styles and more. Your details will then be converted to drafting views using our proprietary detail conversion process. We will deliver a highly organized detail library in native Revit format that will seamlessly integrate into your Revit Project. This is also a great time and opportunity to update details with new construction methods. Your design team can provide marked-up details to our team. We will implement the changes during the conversion process. Contact us today to get started.

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