As we all know, Revit is ever evolving, both in features and functionality. Even unit formats from older versions of Revit have changed.
Depending on how long ago you adopted Revit, your template could have originally been built when Revit was still an infant. Maybe even before Structure and MEP were added.
Clearing out the clutter and cobwebs from a continually upgraded template will give you a cleaner start on your new projects.
The recommended process for upgrading your project template, is rebuilding it, rather than just saving it in a new version.
I can hear the groans already so I will explain why this is recommended and then move on to the process of re-creating a template.
This is Autodesk’s recommended process, but aside from that, it is also the cleanest way to upgrade to a new template. Additionally, this is the perfect opportunity to fine tune your template!
This Process Takes Too Long
Using the process outlined in the blog, I can recreate a custom template in about 4 hours, on average.
The down side or potential problems that may arise from upgrading, rather than recreating, is that there may be corruption and unnecessary bulk in the template that gets carried over to the new template.
Corruption can happen from views, families, imported items, etc.
Bulk often comes in the form of overly large families, Cad data that is in the file in the form of imports as drawings, line styles and imported filled regions.
Upgrading the Template
My personal preference is to start with no template and just set the units.
The alternative, especially if you are a Structural or MEP firm, is to start with the out of the box template that most closely suits your needs.
If you started with an out of the box template, you’ll need to purge, probably selectively since there may be items you commonly use.
The steps below outline the process I go through when upgrading a template.
- Start a new template
- Purge unused
- Save as TemplateName_202*.rte
- Open the existing template in current version of software
- If you have Clarity, there are some tools that will be helpful in this process to help automate things.
- Save out all of the families and Schedules
- Review newly saved families to verify the size is appropriate
- Load newly exported families into new template
- Insert views (schedules)
- Create Legends
- Copy and paste information from previous template to new template.
- Transfer Project Standards
- Create additional views & Browser Organization (if applicable)
- Things to review
- Pre-populate sheets with views as needed.
- Review Line styles and delete unnecessary line types if possible.
- Review fill patterns and delete unnecessary if possible.
- Verify all Additional Settings categories and update as needed
- Update all loaded tag settings
- Verify view titles are correct
- Set your starting view
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