OPEN BIM Coordination – Northing and Easting Values in ARCHICAD and REVIT

Decided to re-visit coordinate settings for projects that requires IFC exchange between ARCHICAD and Revit in this blog. In my previous blogs the focus was only on Latitude(Lat) and Longitude(Long). I received some requests to handle Northing and Easting (UTM) as well. To address that I tested the settings of both ARCHICAD and Revit and share the result via this blog.

Before going into how to do the settings we need to understand how both tools work and various coordinate systems available for us to use.

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Project Base Files for Coordination

Architectural team shall setup a Project Base File that can be used by the rest of the project partners to facilitate smooth coordination. Base file can be called as a project specific template that consist of the common project settings like Location, Orientation, Grids and Levels. This is required regardless of the BIM authoring tool selected and if more than one tool (ex. Architectural in ARCHICAD, Structural in Tekla and MEP in REVIT) is used then it is good to have the setup in all selected BIM authoring tools. The settings shall be exchanged through IFC as well.
Let us see in this post on how to setup the project base file in ARCHICAD and REVIT.

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