Saturday, 16 April 2011

Upgrades and Migration of data and settings from Revit 2011 to 2012.

Tips tricks and best practices of upgrade and migration of data and settings from Revit 2011 to 2012.

Things to consider before upgrading or moving to a new version or Revit

  • Project Depth – How far along are you?
  • Project Priority – How Important is loss of time
  • REMEMBER - THERE IS NO GOING BACK or Save as function in Revit
  • Do you meet the resource requirements
    • Training – are you up to speed
    • Technology – Can your computer run the new version

New Version Template

Should you upgrade your template or rebuild your template, here are reasons for both:-

Why Upgrade a existing template?
  • Faster ~ but not all new features may be supported
Why should you build a new template?
  • Fresh
  • New Features will be included
  • Clean up and Optimise ~ spring cleaning
  • Prevent errors by template corruption
Autodesk Product Support recommends starting with a new fresh template with each version of the product.

We are in the process of rebuilding our template at the moment and are documenting it as we go for guidance and a reminder for next year and to share with other \ new Revit users. I will post it here on the blog once completed.

Upgrading families from 2011 to 2012 format using the Content Batch Upgrade Utility Tool

This is available after you have downloaded installed and extracted the installer for Revit 2012. A folder under the root C:\ is created called Autodesk\Autodesk_Revit_Structure_2012_English_Win32-64bit

The files you are after are in the ContentBatchUtility folder. Here are the instructions contained in the readme.txt file

To Use the Content Batch Upgrade Utility:

1. Copy Upgrade_RFA.txt and Upgrade_RFA.bat into the root directory of the library that you want to upgrade.
2. Run the Upgrade_RFA.bat to create the file list to upgrade, famlist_rfa.txt.
3. To launch the utility, from the library directory, drag Upgrade_RFA.txt onto the Revit icon on your desktop.
4. After upgrading, delete all backup files from the library.


Make sure all of your .rfa files are not read-only and delete all backup files from the library.
If a particular family fails to upgrade properly, the utility will stop.
If this occurs, open famlist_rfa.txt in Microsoft Notepad, and remove all previously upgraded families and the failed family from the list.
Save famlist_rfa.txt, and re-run the utility.

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