What is Autodesk BIM 360 Design?

Autodesk has announced the introduction of BIM 360 Design. So, what exactly is this and what does it mean?

To start, a little history… The BIM 360 platform is not new, and it’s forever changing. Autodesk is positioning BIM 360 as the one place for cloud collaboration. For Revit users, cloud collaboration meant Collaboration for Revit. That was the tie-in to Autodesk’s BIM 360 Team, where project files for Collaboration for Revit resided. You created a “Hub” which was where all of your projects would be created and managed. When you bought a new seat of Collaboration for Revit, you would have gotten a prompt to set up this hub when you signed into your Autodesk Account. From there you’d set up projects and assign users and their access.

That process went something link this:

  • Buy Collaboration for Revit
  • Give end-users access to Collaboration for Revit through Autodesk Account
  • Create and name the Hub.
  • Create a Project
    • Create Project Members and assign their Access Level

Each seat of Collaboration for Revit came with a BIM 360 Team entitlement, as Team was the necessary component for Collaboration for Revit.

Today, you’ll buy a seat of BIM 360 Design. If you owned Collaboration for Revit, it’s now BIM 360 Design. Set-up is a little different. Where Collaboration for Revit needed BIM 360 Team, BIM 360 Design needs BIM 360 Docs.

(It will be interesting to count up the number of BIM acronyms that are in this post.)

So, you’ll need to sign-into BIM 360 Docs to create and manage projects.

From here, you’ll create a company (yours) and then you can create projects under that company. You’ll have the ability to create as many companies as you’d like, and when someone from outside of your organization shares a project or file with you, you can categorize it under any company in your Docs account. Nice and tidy.

Lots of other features too for user permissions, and a plethora of features and tasks you can perform with Docs. Make no mistake, moving away from Team and moving to Docs is an upgrade.

To wrap up… BIM 360 Design IS Collaboration for Revit. It’s important to mention that when you install Revit 2019, it will have BIM 360 Design already in it. When you installed Revit 2018, it already had Collaboration for Revit in it, too. If you choose to install Revit 2018.3, you’ll have access to both Collaboration for Revit projects and access to BIM 360 Design.

The BIM 360 button is still there, but now, you’ll see two options.

BIM 360 Document Management – which is BIM 360 Design Projects

BIM 360 Team – which is Collaboration for Revit Projects

You can access both in Revit 2018.3, but in Revit 2019, you’ll only have access to BIM 360 Design Projects.

As you can see, instead of the options, I’m taken directly to my Project home, or my company page.

We’ll have more info soon, and more introductions into Docs and it’s functionality, so stay tuned!

Basic Autodesk Subscription Software Tips and Reminders

Autodesk is moving its software from a perpetual license to a subscription based license.  With this change are a couple of items a Contract Coordinator or Software Coordinator needs to be aware of when installing the software.

A user must be assigned for the software you wish to install on their computer.  This is done with a company email address usually.  Once you have set up a user, you can then assign them the software they will need.  With AEC Collections, you can assign certain software or the whole collection.  The user will get a confirmation email stating they have been assigned access to the software.

Make sure your computer is up to date with the Operating System you are using.  This includes video cards and devices.

Clean out your Temp folder regularly.  I recommend doing this prior to installing any software.  If you are not sure how to do this, here is a link to an article to help: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/search-result/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-delete-temporary-files-in-Windows.html Continue reading “Basic Autodesk Subscription Software Tips and Reminders”

New Downloadable Content: Revit 2018.1 and 2018.2

As Autodesk moves forward, users won’t be seeing simple fixes as updates are released. Rather, Autodesk is incorporating new features and content, treating each update as a new product release.

However, when new content to support the updates is available, they are not incorporated within the update itself. Fortunately the content is available online. Here are two of the content updates released this year.

In Revit 2018.1, Autodesk incorporated new ready to use content, including cubicle families, parametric windows, and numerous others. See here for additional information and download:


Revit 2018.2 also added new content, including a system family library with walls, floors, ceiling, roofs, stairs and railings, also precast content and more. See here for additional information and download:


Keep an eye out with each update as they may add some useful content that you don’t want to miss.

How To: Work with Linked Files with Collaboration for Revit

First things first, you cannot yet work with any other file type except RVT files. So you cannot yet link in IFC files, DWG files or any other file type using Collaboration for Revit (C4R).

Now that that’s out of the way, how do you work with an architectural model with a linked structural model, for instance?

There are two scenarios I’ll work through here:

1: The Host model have not yet been added to BIM360 through C4R.

2: The Host model has been added to BIM360 through C4R.

Scenerio 1: The Host model has not yet been added to BIM360 through C4R

You’re going to need to add both files, so open the Host file (the file you’ll be linking the other file into) and send it up.

Open the model you’ll be linking in, and send it up.

Open the Host file from BIM360, and link in the 2nd file from the External References >BIM360\*PROJECTNAME*\ path.

Collaborate > Synchronize > Synchronize with Central.

Collaborate >Manage Cloud Models and Upload a new version of the Host file.


Scenario 2: The Host model has been added to BIM360 through C4R

In this case, you’ll upload the model you’d like to link to the BIM360 project through C4R.

Open the Host model from the BIM360 project. Open the Host file from BIM360, and link in the 2nd file from the External References >BIM360\*PROJECTNAME*\ path.

Collaborate > Synchronize > Synchronize with Central.

Collaborate >Manage Cloud Models and Upload a new version of the Host file.


This video will help: