Three Reasons Why Your Project Teams Need Collaboration for Revit (C4R)

Work sharing and effective communication on projects are essential to maximizing efficiency and communication on your Revit projects. In the August From AutoCAD to Revit webinar, Gerald Garrett discussed three reasons how the Revit plug-in, Collaboration for Revit (C4R), can help you do just that: through real-time communication, making informed decisions, and advanced BIM collaboration.

Real-Time Communication

The C4R plug-in is located under the Collaborate ribbon in the Revit tool bar. Under this ribbon, you’ll find several tools like Communicator and Synchronize with Central that allow you to effectively workshare with colleagues on the same Revit model. The Synchronize with Central tool allows you to send live updates to your colleagues and comment on specific areas of your model. With the communicator tool, you can view your colleague’s sync updates, and discuss any changes in a group chat. The ability to share model information to the cloud in real-time allows you to collaborate and communicate more efficiently with your colleagues.

Making Informed Decisions

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Source: What is the difference between Autodesk Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team. (Autodesk Knowledge Network)

It is important to note that to effectively collaborate on a Revit project with the C4R plug-in tool, each user must have a license to C4R and access to the BIM 360 Team project. BIM 360 Team is the online cloud platform where users can view, comment and markup the most updated Revit model.

In order to make informed decisions, project stakeholders and owners need to know the status and direction of the project at various stages. The ability to view, comment and markup changes in the most current Revit model is a must. With BIM 360 Team access, stakeholders and owners have all these capabilities without requiring a license of Revit. The model is safely stored on the BIM 360 Team hub, which can be access via desktop browser, or mobile web browser.

Advanced BIM Collaboration

With a team of several designers working on a project at a time, ideally everyone in the internal team is syncing their models to their desktop or local network every 30 minutes to an hour. While it is important for everyone to update their models every day as they work, syncing to the local network and publishing to BIM 360 Team are two different tasks.

At the end of the week, project stakeholders or owners may want to see the progress of the most recent model in one place. This is where the Published Settings allows you to edit and customize your output to have exactly what you want to see in the model that’s uploaded to BIM 360 Team. In Published Settings, you will find the full list of your Revit views, floorplans, and sheets available to sync to BIM 360 Team cloud. This allows you to specifically build different model views, such as realistic 3D models, architectural models, and structural models. Once you’ve identified which items you want in your version model update, you would simply Synchronize with Central, and select the BIM 360 Team site.

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