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What is BIM360 Team?

BIM360 - Collaborative workflow inside Revit

BIM 360 is a cloud-based construction management platform which is provided by Autodesk and serves to cover the needs of a collaborative workflow inside large teams. It is used for data exchange and interoperability inside Revit, but it can also be combined with other software through options such as Rhino inside Revit.

Main principles

Workflow structure in BIM360

In BIM 360, there is one central model where all the information is stored. The model is shared between the team members and every time somebody starts working on it, a local copy is created on his/her computer. After finishing with the modifications, the team member pass the changes to the main model and they are stored automatically as a new model version. The other team members can use BIM360 in order to download the latest changes to their local copies, restore older models or make a comparison between different versions in order to highlight the changes that happen every time.

How to get started

Compatible versions Revit 2018.3 and later

Important to note: In order for BIM360 to run smoothly, it is necessary that all the members inside the team use the same Revit version..

Access BIM360

There are two main ways to access your BIM 360 account and, therefore, your central model so that you can start working on it.

Tabs for project browsing

1. Through the Web App

You can access your Autodesk account through signing in with your login credentials in

After signing in, you can access your central model by: Click on your account icon » Products and Services » BIM 360 Team » Access Now » Sign in to BIM 360 » Project Home page.

Important to note:

a. Make sure you have an Autodesk account connected to your TU Delft email.

b. If you cannot access the Autodesk page (you get a message showing ‘Access denied’), you can try disabling the antivirus/firewall on your computer and refreshing the page. If it still does not work, you can try connecting from a different browser.

Tabs for project browsing

From there, you can browse to all the different tabs, from which the most important are:

a. Project Admin

Here you can add new members to the project and change the roles and permissions of the existing ones.

Overview of 3D viewer options

b. Document Management

Here you can browse through your folders and documents. By clicking on the Revit file in your folder, you can access the 3D viewer showing the latest version of the central model. Additionally, you can perform small tasks that help showcasing your model better, such as the ability to see different views, highlight important things with basic shapes and lines, measure elements or compare between model versions in order to detect the changes that happen every time.

c. Design Collaboration

Here you can access the different sets that you may have created. A set is a defined collection of document versions which facilitates the organization of your project documents together. By clicking on each set, you can access the 3d viewer related to it. You can find more information for how to use sets in | Document Sets

Important to note: It is very important that, after the central model is created, you do not change its location or delete it from the folder! It will create problems in detecting the location of the central model and it will not be able to synchronize anymore.

2. Through the Autodesk Desktop Connector

It has an easy structure since it allows you to connect the local files to the document management module and, thus, enables you to access it from your desktop folder.

Important to note: This option is not available for Mac users.

In order to download it, you should, similarly to before, access your Autodesk account through signing in with your login credentials in:

After signing in, you can download the Autodesk Desktop Connector installation file by:

Download Desktop Connector through your Autodesk account

Click on your account icon » Products and Services » Desktop Connector » Download Now. and follow the instructions on the walk-through menu. Afterwards, open it and connect your Autodesk account in the Desktop Connector.

Desktop Connector & Shared model Logo - Location where your shared models will be stored

Now you should be able to see the respective icon on File Explorer. From there you can browse all the folders and models that are shared with you.

Important to note:

1. The Autodesk Desktop Connector is different from the Autodesk Desktop App. Make sure you have the right one installed in your computer.

2. Similarly to before, it is highly important that you do not change the location or delete the file of the central model after it is created! The file will not be able to be located on the drive and, therefore, it will not be able to be synchronized anymore.

How to create a central model?

In order to start working in BIM360, you should first initialize your central model.

Open Revit and save a file locally. Then go to Collaborate tab » Collaborate and select that you want to collaborate 'In BIM360 Document Management'. Lastly, select the folder where you want your central model to be placed and press 'Initiate'.

Important to note:

1. You can only create one central model file per project folder.

2. Select carefully the Revit version where you create your central model. If some team members use a different Revit version, it may be the case that they cannot see the central model file or even the whole project folder it belongs to.

How to organize?

How to find Worksets properties & Active Workset in Revit 2021

When working in a collaborative model in Revit, you can take advantage of the Worksets option in order to organize the data in your model. You should think of the Worksets as layers, which can be divided per discipline or per model part (e.g. main or secondary volume). You can browse through the Worksets in the Collaborate tab in the Ribbon Space.

Important to note:

1. Similarly to layers, each time there is one workset which is set as ‘active’. All the new elements are going to be directly assigned to it. You can change that in the Collaborate » Manage Collaboration or in the bottom Ribbon tab.

How to change the workset of an element in Revit 2021

2. For every element, you can check or change the Workset to which it is assigned by clicking on the element » Modify tab » Properties » Identity Data menu.

Editable/Non-editable Worksets

Change the properties of a Workset between Editable / Non Editable

A very important feature of the Worksets is the editable/non-editable option, which you can find in Collaborate » Manage Collaboration » Worksets. If a workset is set to be ‘editable’, that means that only the ‘owner’ at the time can apply changes to the elements of the workset. On the contrary, if a workset is non-editable, it means that all the project members can modify the workset elements simultaneously. You can change that by clicking on the Workset name and selecting ‘Editable’ or ‘Non-editable’ respectively.

Important to note:

1. Even in the non-editable worksets, each time somebody selects one element, BIM360 assigns him as the ‘borrower’ of the element. This means that nobody else from the rest of the members can select this specific element until the first person releases it.

2. It is only possible to delete a workset if you are the owner of it (editable option) and none of its elements are borrowed by someone.

How to exchange data?

In BIM360, the main principle is that every time you open the shared file, you actually work on a local copy of the central model in your computer. Every time you select an element in Revit, you ‘borrow’ it from the central model meaning that nobody else can edit it while you are working on it. In order to make the element available again for other people to modify it, you should release it following one of the methods below:

Collaborate buttons in the Ribbon Space

- Synchronize (Collaborate » Synchronize » Synchronize with Central).

This option updates your model with the latest changes on the central 3D model and, at the same time, releases all the elements you have borrowed.

- Relinquish all mine (Collaborate » Synchronize » Relinquish All Mine)

It releases ownership of all the borrowed elements and worksets that you have not changed without synchronizing with the changes in the central model. This applies only to elements that you have selected but in the end you did not modify.

Important to note:

It is very important to synchronize frequently with the central model in order to relinquish the ownership of the elements and allow for other people to work on them. If you only want to update with the latest changes in the central model without synchronizing, you can select Collaborate » Synchronize » Reload Latest.

Publish Changes

Synchronizing does not mean that your changes are uploaded on the central model. In order to do that, after you synchronize, you should publish your changes following one of the methods below:

Publish changes through Manage Cloud models

1. In Revit, go to the Collaborate tab » Manage Cloud Models and select your account. By browsing over the file’s name you will be able to see the ‘Publish latest’ button.

Important to note: If there are no available changes to be published, you will not be able to see the Publish Latest button.

Publish changes through Revit Home menu

2. In the Revit Home menu, click on the name of your folder in the left column. Afterwards, you will be able to see your file on the right side. In the ‘Publish Status’ column, you can see if there are available updates. Click on ‘...’ » Publish Latest.

Publish changes through the Web App

3. Sign in through your Autodesk account as described in Access BIM 360_Through the Web App. In the ‘Design Collaboration’ tab, click ‘Publish latest’.

Further exploration

You can also find further detailed descriptions on the tutorials which are provided through MEGA course on Brightspace.

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