5 simple reasons to use Cloud Models for Revit

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If you haven’t explored using cloud models for Revit yet, I’m here to convince you to drop what you’re doing now and give it a try. The big news is that with Cloud Models for Revit, individual users can now store and share projects created in Revit and Revit LT as cloud models simply and easily in BIM 360.

Cloud models enable efficient data transfer

A cloud model is a very useful data format optimized for cloud storage and syncing that –unlike a desktop Revit file (RVT)– is comprised of smaller pieces of data that can be much more efficiently transferred between the cloud and Revit.  Other advantages of using cloud models include anytime, anywhere access to project data in the cloud and the ability to link directly into Revit.

Now for the individual user

It used to be that only workshared models could be stored in the Autodesk BIM 360 platform as cloud models.  This limited use of the cloud model format and by definition excluded those using Revit LT which does not have the capacity for multi-user collaboration. However, there are so many benefits to using BIM 360 — a unified platform connecting project teams and data in real-time—for storage and collaboration that we wanted to extend access to more users.

Now with Cloud Models for Revit you can manage non-workshared models in the same way you work with workshared models. Individual users can store and share projects created in Revit and Revit LT as cloud models simply and easily in BIM 360.

It’s simple:

1. Saving to the cloud is just part of your workflow

Simply hit the “save as” button, choose “Cloud Model”, then select the “Project Files” folder where you would like to save the model in BIM 360 Document Management.  Anytime you save, your changes are saved to the cloud.  Whether workshared or non-workshared models, the workflow is the same and you get the speed and syncing benefits of working in the cloud.

Dialog showing Cloud models for Revit

Using cloud models for Revit, individual contributors or Revit LT users can link in a workshared model into a non-workshared model.  This means it’s easier for individual contributors or small contractors to work with a larger project team using BIM 360, and the benefit to the team is that the individual can easily share their models with them.  You can also link a non-workshared cloud model to another workshared or non-workshared cloud model.


3. Leave versioning to the cloud

Because a new version is created each time someone saves their changes to the cloud, you can easily view and restore to previous versions of a project.  Sort by “version”, “time” or “by” to find the version you need and easily update.

versioning with Cloud models for Revit

4. Join the party: participate in BIM 360 projects

Subscribers to BIM 360 Design can easily turn a non-workshared cloud model into a workshared cloud model with just one click. You can pass on your Revit work to another firm for them to further iterate on in BIM 360 Design.  Storing your projects as cloud models is the entry point to a full range of tools and collaboration capabilities in BIM 360.


5. Upgrade your project to the latest Revit version in one-click

Cloud models are special for another reason – they can be automatically upgraded to later versions of Revit.  Just one click and you avoid the pain of manual upgrades and can use the latest Revit features and enhancements as soon as they are available with existing projects.  See how to get started.

Cloud Models for Revit upgrade

Ready to get started?

To use cloud models in Revit or Revit LT, you need to be running 2019.2 – available to current subscribers — or later versions and have an entitlement to BIM 360 Document Management.

Learn more about how to get started using cloud models for Revit in this post by Autodesk Technical Specialist Stephan Gumpert.


Sasha Crotty

Sasha Crotty joined Autodesk in 2005 as a developer for Revit Structure. She went on to lead the Revit Structure development team before switching gears into product management. As the Revit Platform & Services product manager, she is responsible for the direction and evolution of Revit's multi-disciplinary tools, Revit Cloud Worksharing (part of BIM 360 Design), and Revit-based Forge services. Sasha holds a BA in Architecture and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Boston University. In her spare time Sasha enjoys growing miniature orchids and traveling around the world.

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  1. jframe@framearchitecture.com

    So, how do you access your BIM files on Revit 2020? The home page only shows recent files not all Bim files. If you're in Revit and want to open a new project the BIM drive does not show up.

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      Reference this post on the Autodesk Knowledge Network https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/BIM-360-icon-does-not-appear-in-Revit-2020-File-Open-dialogue-box.html

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    I just started working with cloud models because of a large project with a HVAC company that also works in Revit. It has been a great experience and i started to setup and work in the cloud on all of my new projects. But then came a MAJOR issue, that put a stop on future use. I had a week of onsite meetings in a location with minimal internet connectivity. So i spent a full weekend downloading models and links and support files. Then disconnected from the internet and spent hours ensuring that i could access all the files and everything worked. It work great for the week of meeting, but then there was all the uploading and cross checking to ensure that everything worked. There needs to be a way to "work on the go" with cloud models temporarily. Maybe there is and myself and everyone i talked to is not aware of??

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      From the team: The cloud feature provides the best experience when used with internet access. Without internet, your changes to the cloud model will be saved locally and you will be able to save the changes back to cloud as you have access to the internet.

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    Hello, I have update my REVIT with 2019.2.1 but i do not show in "save as" the option to put model on cloud ? Could you explain how to activate this option please ?

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      I suggest checking your intall as this option should be visible to you.

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    We do not wan't save our models to the cloud! Accept it.

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