Collaboration for Revit

Up to Speed with Collaboration for Revit

First

to A360

First, sign into your Autodesk Account by clicking the Sign In window in the upper right corner of your open Revit session. If you do not have an account, your BIM Admin will create one for you.

Then, use your LS3P email address as your username.

If this is the first time you have logged into your Autodesk account, click Forgot? In the Password screen and you will be sent an email with Password Reset instructions.

Opening Projects

Opening Projects in A360

Once you have logged in, you should click on the Application Menu icon or the “R” and click Open> Project. Instead of browsing to a drive letter on our network, click the BIM 360 or A360 icon in the shortcuts panel on the left side of the dialog box.

A list of projects that you have been invited to should appear as folders. Make sure that you are in the correct version of Revit for your project or it will not appear in the list. 

Double-click on the project folder to see the Revit files within the folder. Then double-click on the Revit file to create a local file for the project.

You should expect a longer load time when you first open the file but after it has cached to your computer once, you should have faster load times in subsequent sessions. You will notice that the Detach from Central and Create New Local are grayed out. That is because you are opening a BIM 360 Revit file which has different functionality.


The Communicator and Features

  The Communicator tool within Revit provides contextual communication and collaboration tools for teams working on BIM 360 project files together. The Communicator should populate itself with relevant project information once a BIM 360 project file is opened. 

  There are four icons at the top for Projects, Contact List, Chat Rooms, and Sync History. To the right of them is a profile icon and a settings icon.  Clicking the profile icon will give you the option of choosing Available or Busy or to edit your profile. Clicking the gear will give you two options for toggling the Communicator window: Always on Top and Automatically Start.

  Below that are two project tabs, Active and All. By default, the active project is shown with three icons beside it; Chat, Email and Project Settings which will take you to the project website on BIM 360 Team. 

  The list of Project Team members is below that with a green dot signifying that they are actively in the project file.


Right-clicking on a team member’s name gives the option of adding that person to your contacts list or chatting with that person.


The All Projects tab shows a list of all of your A360    Projects that you can open for information and to chat    with those team members.

Collaborate Ribbon

Collaborate Ribbon with BIM 360

With BIM 360, there are some new tools found on the Collaborate ribbon. These can be found in the Communicate panel, The Manage Collaboration panel and the Manage Models panel.

Collaborate Tool

The Collaborate tool is displayed on the Collaborate ribbon when a Revit file has been opened that has not had worksharing enabled. In other words, there is no central file for the project. This process would create a central file so that more than one person can work on the project.

Collaborate in Cloud Tool

The Collaborate in Cloud tool is displayed on the Collaborate ribbon when a Revit file has been opened that has been workshare-enabled. In other words, there is a central file and more than one person has been working on the project. This process will upload the file to the BIM 360 Cloud in order to be worked on or linked by anyone who has been invited to the project.

Collaborate Using the Cloud

After clicking the Collaborate in Cloud tool, you have a chance to rename the file in the Current Revit Model field. Then the project folder should be selected for uploading the file. Once those two items have been completed, the file is ready to be uploaded to the BIM 360 Cloud. This is done by clicking on the Initiate button. 

When completed, there should be a message that the model has been successfully iniated for collaboration. At this point, you should Sync to Central and close the file. Now the file is available in BIM 360 to be opened by other team members.

Manage Cloud Models

In the Manage Models panel is a tool called Manage Cloud Models. When you click on the tool, you will see a list of all the BIM 360 projects in which you are a member. Clicking on a project will display the Revit files in that project that are on the cloud. 

When you hover your mouse over a file, there are two icons that display; Publish Latest and Actions. These are used to perform certain tasks to Revit models on the cloud such as rename, delete, view versions and relinquish. You can also Publish the model to the BIM 360 Team webpage for the project.

If I am new to BIM 360 projects, how do I get Sign-In credentials to use within Revit?

  • Email BIM Admin to create an Autodesk account for me and add the Collaboration for Revit service.
  • Click create account from the Autodesk dialog box using my email address
  • Type in Windows Username and Password