Autodesk BIM 360 Coordinate 2021 – Where to Create the Coordination Folder?

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In the past coordination, spaces were only allowed in the BIM 360 Plans folder, however, BIM 360 Coordination spaces can now also be defined in the BIM 360 Project Files folder. A common practice is that BIM 360 Cloud (non-workshared) or BIM 360 Design (workshared) files are used as container files that link in “live” models from the BIM 360 Shared area. They may also link in other files, like IFC and 3D DWG.

Now there have been changes in the Revit 2021 API: “Disallowed saving a non-workshared cloud model to Plans folder in BIM 360 Docs via API.”

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The implication is that one should consider moving the coordination spaces into the BIM 360 Project Files folder permanently.

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When a container file is used to divide up the model per level for clash detection, either a BIM 360 Cloud (non-workshared) or BIM 360 Design (workshared) file may be used.

If it is a design file, then the actors must be given access to the folder. It is therefore conceivable that Coordination then becomes a team in Design Collaboration, but because no files need to be shared with others, it does not need to be.

Just so there is no confusion, a Coordination folder is created. Subfolders may be used to indicate where a coordination is within the building stages. The links that are loaded into these files may originate from the BIM 360 Design Shared folder (live “unilaterally” vetted files).

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Files may also be loaded from archived folders (a copy of the files are created to store the state of the project in time). This method is not advised as the issued that are then created are specific to that share and cannot be transferred to the next clash detection.

If you need help adopting Revit and BIM 360 Coordinate in your office, please contact Micrographics so we may be of assistance.

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