Revit Sheets, ISO19650 and Naviate

When working with Revit and ISO19650 the naming requirements (information containers) are a concatenation of multiple fields such as the project reference, originator, level, zone etc. The temptation for many is to simply type this very long string into the Revit Sheet Number. However, as many of you have probably realised, the consequences of this approach are not desirable!  An obvious issue is the referencing of the drawing number on sections, elevations, and callouts!

The answer is to create shared parameters that build up the required information containers. These can be used to form the drawing number and used to organise the sheet views in Revit, very useful for large projects. Some of the shared parameters will be added to project information (global for the project) and others for the sheets (each sheet can have a different value).

The sections, elevations and callouts can then simply reference the Sheet Number, or for multi-disciplinary design can also include the ‘Role field’ to provide a unique number. For example, ‘S-1040’ or ‘A-1040’.

This all looks very promising until you need to issue PDFs and DWGs with the correct ISO19650 naming convention. If you batch plot or export AutoCAD DWGs from Revit, you will have a file name such as:

Project Name – Sheet – 1010 – GROUND FLOOR GA

Clearly, this does not meet the ISO19650 naming conventions and your documents will be rejected by the CDE (Common Data Environment).

A very useful solution is to use the Publish tool from the Naviate tools. This is located on the Naviate ribbon in the documentation panel as shown below.

Once the Publish tool has been launched you will be presented with the following dialog. Here you can configure and save your various deliverables. These can be formats such as PDF’s, DWG’s and IFC’s.

You can set up the configuration of each format to generate the files that are automatically named to conform to your naming convention, in this case, ISO19650. You can reference shared parameters from the sheets or project to concatenate the file name.

Once the settings are configured and saved this becomes a single-click operation to create all the outputs required for the weekly delivery of documents and information saving countless hours, manual renaming and potential typos of document names!

Feel free to download our trial and test out the workflow for yourselves. You can download the appropriate version of Naviate for your industry here!

Have a good Friday!