Autodesk has released a major update to the popular Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team services. The new BIM 360 Docs and Design platforms are quite different from these legacy services, so let’s explore how to configure the new services.
Autodesk is converging its AEC project delivery and construction management solutions into one cloud platform: BIM 360. As of April 9th, 2018, Collaboration for Revit will be repackaged and rebranded as BIM 360 Design.
BIM 360 Design is a cloud worksharing, design collaboration, and data management product built for distributed and multidisciplinary teams on the new BIM 360 platform. You can co-author Revit models the same way you have in Collaboration for Revit, and access data management and collaboration functionality like 2D & 3D viewer and markup tool accessible via web, phone, and tablet. You can also use additional features like:
Activate your Account
If you are the Contract Manager, click here to activate your team’s account. You’ll need your contract number associated with your Collaboration for Revit subscription to activate, which is available on your Autodesk Account.
What happens to the current projects in Collaboration for Revit?
If you are using Collaboration for Revit to co-author multi-discipline Revit models and are storing your project data in BIM 360 Team, you may continue to use both for ongoing projects with uninterrupted access for as long as you renew. However, data from BIM 360 Team will remain separate from the new BIM 360 platform.
Which Revit versions will work with Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Design?
BIM 360 Design can be used with Revit 2018.3 and later versions.
Already have a BIM 360 Design license and looking to get in configured? Please visit our BIM 360 Design: Basic Configuration blog post.
Using groups in Revit seems to be a no brainer; we create groups for elements that are repetitive and yet we are still able to quantify them as if they were individual elements. Modify one instance of the group and it will be updated everywhere in the entire project. One can even exclude an element from a group instance to make an exception.
Over the years, Autodesk has improved upon this awesome tool, but has not made it more flexible. If we create a group the wrong way, Revit gets upset. You don’t want to see Revit upset. In actuality, Revit actually gets confused. The main problems occur when groups contain elements that are constrained outside the group. In the simplest form, if one was to create a group of elements including a door, the wall where the door is hosted would need to be within that group. And in many instances the wall could have a top constraint that is not applicable for all instances. It is also common to create groups for casework that rely on the walls for placement, but the walls are not part of the group. In class, you may have heard me say, groups should be “self-centered”. These types of constrained can also cause problems in Design Options.
That being said, yes, there are restrictions that one should be aware of when implementing the use of groups throughout a big project. Here are some tips.
In a previous post, I discussed “What Causes Revit Data Corruption?” and some model maintenance suggestions, “Revit Project Maintenance Guidelines”. I hope you find this article and those listed here helpful. Reach out with questions or comments anytime.
Best Practices with Revit Groups: Rule #1 http://www.seandburke.com/blog
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