There are many ways to have multiple teams work Revit. Within the office over a network you work share with your colleagues, all synchronizing your respective local files to a central model. Nothing new here. Your external consultant teams send you their detached central model via FTP and you link these into your central model. Once again, nothing new. If you have colleagues that are not local, you will utilize a Revit Server. What happens though if you are working with external teams remotely and they need to work in your model, such as an architect of record partnering with a design lead architect? You don’t necessarily want the other architect perusing your other projects and files? You also don’t want to pay for their Revit licenses or setup dedicated workstations for them to remote desktop into. Luckily for you there are a few options.
Collaborate for Revit (C4R)
A simple solution is to utilize the “Cloud”. Autodesk have created such a product, linking multiple Revit users to their respective models via their BIM360 integration. Setup is relatively simple and intuitive. Communication is handled via their proprietary chat engine.
Hosting in the ‘Cloud’ may not be for everyone. You may even be worried that access at times may be spotty. You may be right!
Wouldn’t it be great to host the all Revit files on your Revit Server restricting user access to other folders? Now you can! Imaginit have done a nice job of overlaying permissions onto your Revit Server using their product they have coined ‘Clarity’. The remote firm can use their Revit Server and sync the files. Setup is a little more complicated as firewalls need to be navigated, IP addresses white listed and users need to be managed. Yet when all is set up, it works great. There is even the bonus of scheduling Revit tasks such as exporting files, printing drawings etc. Want the communication of C4R, federate your Skype for Business and you have a more enhanced experience. The cost is competitive also, with only the host paying for the service, all others need only set up their Revit Server, if they haven’t done so already.
Here is a précis of Revit collaboration methods
- Free for partnering firm
- Not a good user experience due to bandwidth
- Utilizes hosts hardware
- Licensing concerns
- Have to restrict network folder access
- Easy to implement
- Can be pricey – subscription requirements
- Communication platform restrictive
- Cloud offering could go down
- Little cost for non host
- Files host on servers rather than Cloud
- Perform scheduled tasks
- IT departments need to typically set up
Need to know partnering firm IP address, Revit Usernames, Autodesk ID’s, email addresses of users.