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Revit “Cloud Models” – For the single users

Stephan Gumpert
January 25, 2019

As we saw in previous posts Revit 2019.2 now includes the possibility to work directly using BIM360 Docs as your storage facility for single user / non-work sharing scenarios.

The intention of this is for those people working in a standalone situation and are not require to “Work Share” on their projects.

You do need an entitlement to both BIM360 Docs and Revit to use this feature and of course the Internet.  The other big thing to note is that this will work for both Revit and Revit LT.

Let have a look at how this works……

Once you buy an entitlement of BIM360 Docs you will have a hub in which you can create multiple projects. (To learn how to create projects click HERE)

When you now open Revit you can see these projects from your hub on the main/home page. As you can see down below in the Red square is my hub and and below that all my projects.

So lets say I want to create a new model for a new Project.

Select a Template to suit and model a few items in it.

If we go look at our BIM360 Docs interface where I want to save my cloud model in my web browser, it looks a like this.

(remembering you will need to create a new project in BIM360 Docs before you can create the folder structure and save, in this case I have)

If we go back in Revit and we want to save this model into this folder we got to the File menu -> Save As -> Cloud Model

Then browse through the dialog box that pops up to find you folder location that you created / setup and add a Name down below for the Revit filename.

And Hit Save and eventually you will get a message like this once the save is complete.

By default after your first save, you will get 2 Versions of the file in BIM360 Docs.  The First being the place holder for the file in the cloud and the second being the content of that first save.

If we open the current version (in this case is Version 2 – the first save) would should see the same as what you did when you saved in the model in Revit.

Now lets go back to Revit.

Every time you hit save the data in my Revit file is saved to my cloud project inside BIM360 Docs.  However, the versions you see inside the window of BIM360 Docs of you web browser are the periodical backups or published version, not every save.  They are the “Published” versions of the file that you can control.

What does this mean? Well every time you hit save you get a similar dialog box (as seen below) showing the uploading of the data to BIM360 Docs.

You can Save a close the model as many times as you like and everything will be saved and stored in BIM360 Docs.

However to make a new version appear inside the BIM360 Docs window in your web browser, you will need to first Publish this file to make it available.

The “Publish” could be a periodical back up or maybe every time you want to issue/share the data with another party (remembering you can invite others to view the files inside of BIM360 Docs i.e. Your Client) or maybe milestones 30/60/90% Complete.  There could be many different reasons why you would publish a file..

To do this we would save the file like normal. As you can see below I have made some changes.

Close the File and using the Recent File area down the left hand side navigate to your saved file location inside BIM360 Docs.  You will either see a BLUE arrow notifying you that you could Publish a new version or a Green Arrow telling you your current version in BIM360 Docs matches the last saved version.

To Publish simply tick the box next to your file and choose the “Publish” button.

You should get a message (generally only the first time publish) saying:

And obviously you press Publish.  You will see a “Processing” message appear on the right of the file.

If we then go look back in BIM360 Docs (after some time once the publishing is complete) you will see a new Version of your file.

If we then view this file we can see the changes from the published file.

At this stage inside your Web Browser, Tablet/Mobile (Android & IOS) we can view this publish version or previous versions, Create markups, compare version, create Design issues during design reviews etc…… Soo many things that you can do with BIM360 Docs, but that is another article for another day.

Enjoy.

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Stephan Gumpert

I have been working for Autodesk since Nov 2014. I am a Technical Specialist for Advance Steel both in Steel detailing and Steel Design Drafting, Revit Structural Steel & Concrete and MEP space. I have a strong knowledge in Concrete and Steel Construction, Design & Fabrication. I also have experience in programming / automation in AutoCAD / Advance Steel and other windows applications. During my last 20 years of being in the workforce, I have worked in many fields from Mining to Commercial and even worked for an Autodesk reseller at one stage. During this time I have also used a variety of software from many different vendors. The roles I filled included Design Drafting, Steel Detailer, Automation Developer, CAD Support and Trainer. I strongly believe in working smarter not harder.