By James Philip
When you have linked files time can be saved by copying various objects from the linked file i.e. Grids, Levels and MEP objects.
Even if the latter are not going to be the same items it is easier to copy the from the linked file which will ensure exact positioning and monitoring, then change the type to the one you require.
This is the process I will outline below.
Open the file and link the file with objects you wish to copy. In my case I have opened my MEP model and linked in my Architectural Model.
I have opened the reflected ceiling plan because it is the lights in the Architects model I wish to copy. See Fig 1
Navigate to Collaborate and chose the Copy/Monitor tool. See Fig 2
Then choose select link and pick an object in the linked file.
The ribbon changes to the one shown. Then select the copy button. See Fig 3
The multiple checkbox is on the options bar below the ribbon and you must put a tick in the box.
You can now drag select the objects you wish to copy. See Fig 4
Use the filter tool to unselect unwanted picked items. See Fig 5
Then select OK. You must select the finish on the options bar first before selecting the green tick finish on the Ribbon. See Fig 6
The monitoring symbol appears on each of the copied objects. See Fig 7
The objects are copied into the host Model and can be selected and change to any items you require. See Fig 8