Monday, January 21, 2019

Site Collaboration with Revit, Civil 3D, BIM 360 & Desktop Connector

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Site Collaboration with Revit, Civil 3D & BIM 360

Annie Phan
Nov 29, 2018

Site Collaboration is a Revit 2019.1 new feature that introduces unprecedented interoperability between Revit and Civil 3D. New workflows will help both save time and improve accuracy when you are transferring site information and project location data between project teams. You can easily link topography from Civil 3D into Revit using Autodesk Desktop Connector and BIM 360 Docs and will also be able to interact with this topography in Revit with surface hosting, tagging and scheduling.  Civil 3D is included in the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, which is great way to access Revit along with other essential tools at a great value.

Civil 3D Publish to Revit workflow:

The site collaboration feature connects architects using Revit and engineers using Civil 3D via the BIM 360 document management module. When publishing Civil 3D to Revit, the workflow focuses on topography only. Engineers in Civil 3D can publish topography from Civil 3D, view the resulting data in BIM 360 document management, and then link the published data into Revit.

  • In Civil 3D, from the tool space, select the surface for publish via Desktop Connector.
  • Use BIM 360 , to check the topography in a 3D view and verify the correct data has published from Civil 3D.
  • You’ll need to use the latest version of the free Desktop Connector to publish to Civil 3D surfaces for synchronizing the local files in BIM 360 Document Management.

Revit publish from Civil 3D Workflow:

In Revit, you will be able to easily link topography, which will help you to collaborate more effectively with civil engineers on the project.

  • Browse to BIM 360 and link to the Civil 3D export.
  • Civil 3D geolocation will try to place the model appropriately in Revit, but you also have the option to specify coordinates from Revit to update
  • It is possible to spot dimension, add a building pad on the topography link and create a topography schedule in Revit with name, projected area, and surface area.

This workflow also supports sub regions and hosting railings. Sub regions are good for changing the surface material in Revit.

It is also possible to place elements on the topography – this will function as a link. Updates must be made in Civil 3D and edited and published again for use in Revit.

To work best, this workflow will require strategy for efficient navigation and linking and we recommend developing your BIM execution plan accordingly.  Read more about this workflow on the Infrastructure Reimagined Blog

Making Updates to the Topography – Civil 3D and Revit Workflows:

This enhancement vastly improves the workflow for topography transfer from civil engineers to architects. You can make changes in Civil 3D and then upload as described in the previous process to BIM 360. In Revit, use reload or reload from and link topography again.

There's more information available on the Autodesk Knowledge Network »

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