Using Container Projects in UNIFI Pro

The Project Harvest feature allows you to easily load your content from any existing Revit project file, such as a Container Project, into your current Revit project.

The Project Harvest feature allows you to copy in components such as CAD Links, drafting views, families, legends, schedules, fill patterns, materials, and sheets. Keep in mind, when copying in sheets, sheets will only come in with its number and name. No views will transfer that are placed on the sheet. If you’d like to bring in sheets with drafting views and schedules already placed, use the Batch Export feature in the Revit ribbon to export the sheets directly to the UNIFI application for storage and use 

To get started, click on the circle and arrow icon on the left side of the screen.

Admin Training - Container Projects

On the right side of the screen, you’ll see the target project may already be selected. This is the project that you’d like to copy elements to. 

Admin Training - Container Projects
Admin Training - Container Projects

On the left side of the screen, you’ll be able to select a source project. This is the project you’d like to copy elements from.

When selecting the source project, you’re able to select any project that is open in the same Revit session, including linked files, project files stored on a network or local drive, or browse projects stored within UNIFI. For example, if I want to bring in elements from my linked MEP file, I’ll be able to link those directly into my Architecture project.

Pro Tip: If your company is using BIM360 Design, you will only be allowed to select linked files you have permission to access. 

Admin Training - Container Projects
Admin Training - Container Projects

Under the Families tab, all of the families are automatically sorted according to the Revit category that they are in. If a family is already greyed out, then this means that it already exists in your current project and it would overwrite the family in your target project.

Pro Tip: Bringing in Schedules, Legends, Drafting Views and Sheets that already exist will NOT overwrite. If the content already exists, a ‘1’ will be appended at the end of the view name. 

Admin Training - Container Projects

Place a checkmark next to each element you would like to copy.  Selections are maintained between tabs and the total number of selected items can be viewed at the bottom of the Harvest Project page.  To view preview images for selected elements in the current tab, click the Load preview images for selected button.  

Admin Training - Container Projects

When all desired elements are selected, click the “Copy Selected Elements” button.  A message will appear when the copy action is complete.  

This message will let you know how many elements copied successfully and list the names of any elements that were unable to be copied. 

Admin Training - Container Projects

The Project Harvest tool allows you to quickly and easily copy elements from one Revit project to another. Many customers use this tool to quickly load content from Container Projects stored within UNIFI. The benefit of using container files is that you can create specific files for each general class of content. For example, if your firm works on primarily healthcare and commercial projects, you could create a container file with healthcare-specific floors, walls, ceilings, and components. Likewise, you could create another one for commercial projects.

Last updated byTeam UNIF

Leave a Reply