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BIM 360 Design: Basic Configuration

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.

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Collaboration for Revit is now BIM 360 Design

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:

  • Access controls by user, role, or company, and file- and folder-based permissions
  • Issue management
  • Tracking and deliverable coordination
  • Change visualization
  • Unlimited storage

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.

  • With Revit 2015-2018.2, you can use cloud worksharing in Collaboration for Revit (with BIM 360 Team for data management).
  • With Revit 2018.3, you can cloud workshare in both Collaboration for Revit (with BIM 360 Team for data management) on current projects. You can also use BIM 360 Design.
  • With Revit 2019, cloud worksharing will only work with BIM 360 Design (with data management on the new BIM 360 platform).

Already have a BIM 360 Design license and looking to get in configured? Please visit our BIM 360 Design: Basic Configuration blog post.

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Top 12 Tips for Utilizing Revit Groups

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.

  1. Put elements and their hosts in the same group.
  2. Ensure all elements in the group are hosted to the same level.
    1. Some elements may not behave correctly. Line based families for instance.
  3. Don’t constrain elements outside the group. There are many kinds of constraints.
  4. Large numbers of elements in a group will hinder performance, and possibly cause corruption.
  5. It is better to have many small groups than a few large groups.
  6. Don’t nest Groups. Don’t have groups inside groups.
  7. If you see a warning asking you to fix the groups, don’t. Fixing the group really doesn’t fix the group. It actually explodes it or creates a new group that is no longer referenced to the first group.
  8. Name groups correctly. Don’t make copies of groups called Group1.
  9. Although we are now able to mirror groups, some elements with constraints still cause problems when mirrored. Ceilings in groups get confused when mirrored.
  10. Take ownership of the group type workset when editing
    1. All elements in a group reside on the group instance workset.
    2. Be Aware of the ownership of type properties.
  11. Be cautious putting floor or stairs in groups. Don’t lock the sketch lines to other objects.
  12. Groups can be used to distribute elements and then can be un-grouped.

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.

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Best Practices with Revit Groups: Rule #1 http://www.seandburke.com/blog

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