Copy and Paste Folders and Files to BIM 360 using Autodesk Desktop Connector

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How easy is it to manage folder structures in BIM 360?  

When BIM 360 first came out, not easy at all. Each project would have to have its own folder structure created from scratch. Then it became possible to create a “template” project to use when creating a new project.  Useful if one had one folder structure in mind, irritating if more than one folder structure was needed.  

With the current iteration of the desktop connector, it is now possible to paste not only folder structures, but files contained in them as well. This is done directly on the desktop.  

The usual options to copy and paste are not available for the BIM 360 desktop folder on right mouse click (RMC), but the shortcuts still work: <CRTL> + C and <CRTL> + V. 

I have used Revit and Dynamo to rename files and folders before, and I can conceive a need for reference documents to be renamed en mass before uploading to BIM 360. Much easier to use the Windows platform to copy the folders and files. 

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Then paste this into the Desktop Connector.  

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The result: 

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As Autodesk Vault Professional can now upload and download from BIM 360 (one may even schedule uploads or downloads), one may even use this platform to transfer files from the LAN to BIM 360. Care must be taken in how the two separate folder containers are to be used. I am looking forward to testing this out for myself soon using AutoCAD, Advanced Steel, Civil 3D. 

If you need training using BIM 360 or help in your office to apply it correctly, please contact Micrographics so we may be of assistance. 

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