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Maximise Your Profit Margins With Design Collaboration (6/9): How to spend less time coordinating, more time designing


Benefit 6: Spend less time coordinating, more time designing

Let’s face it: designing is cool, translating the design into 2D PDF sheets for others to view and review isn’t altogether that interesting. We’d rather just have people review the data as it becomes available.

In the previous posts, we‘ve already mentioned the ‘Large Model Viewer’ (LMV) and how it helps in improving communication between stakeholders. We’ve looked at the mobile app, so people can get to the data, no matter where they are and finally, we’ve been looking at the differentiation in roles, so we can split up reviewers and editors.

In this post, I’d like to dive a little deeper into the actual communication between designer and reviewer. In fact, as a designer, what would we like to have reviewed? The whole project, 2D information as it becomes available? 3D Views?

As a matter of fact, on ‘Collaboration for Revit’ (C4R) the designers get to choose what’s up for reviewing. Designers are indeed working on the ‘live’ model of the project (using the worksets mechanism), which is a hidden file on BIM 360 Team. When the design team is ready to communicate their ideas, they publish their model to a visible file on BIM 360 Team, ready to be reviewed by others.

Before publishing, they can actually decide on what views and sheets should become part of the published project.

This is done by selecting the appropriate views in the ‘Publish Settings’ Dialog box.

Once the views have been selected, we can then publish the model in the ‘Manage Cloud Models’ dialog box.

The end result is a published revit model on BIM 360 team in which only the selected (published) views and sheets can be marked up.

To summarize: this workflow helps us to streamline the coordination between designers and reviewers: as the project progresses, more information will become available and can be added as ‘released’ information to be reviewed.

All of this happens automatically at the push of a button: no need to extract information, translate sheets or send zipped files across. This is a huge timesaver for designers, so they can focus on what really matters: developing their idea’s.