C4R and Forge API Access

Occasionally I receive a question: “Can we access Collaboration for Revit (C4R) model using Forge API?” The answer is: “not quite, but a partially, yes.” Here is the reason why the answer is not a simple yes or no.

When you are working with C4R, you can see a model on BIM 360 Team. This is actually a “published” model. When Revit model is initially uploaded to the cloud for the first time, and every time you press “Publish Latest” (image below), the system publishes the Revit model to BIM 360 Team. The central file that project members works in work-sharing is stored somewhere else. Using Forge API, you can only access to a model published to BIM 360 Team. If you are interested in the API access to the central file, you cannot do currently. Unfortunately, there is no API to publish to the Team, either.

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Selecting Views to Publish Revit Project on A360

When you publish a Revit model on A360, by default we will see only the default 3D view and all the sheets published. Occasionally, I get a question: “Is it possible to publish other views?”  The answer is “Yes.”

If you want to include other views or want to select views that you want to include or not to include, you can use a “Views for A360” tool in Revit. The tool is a part of Collaboration for Revit (C4R) feature. If you have C4R installed, you can find it under “Collaborate” tab >> “Manage Models” panel >> “Views for A360” button. (See the picture below.)


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Setting Up for A360 Collaboration for Revit

In my earlier post, I gave a quick introduction to A360 Collaboration for Revit. Your next question might be: “where can I get started?”

I recently went through the process of setting up the collaboration environment for our DevTech AEC team. The best instruction I found so far is this page on help.autodesk for Revit >> A360 Collaboration for Revit >> Get Started with Your A360 Collaboration for Revit Subscription (*1)

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A360 Collaboration for Revit

Autodesk has introduced a new cloud-based services called  “Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit” (or C4R in short) during Autodesk University last month. Prior to the official release, it was called “Skyscraper” and was available as a technology preview. Some of you may recognize with this code name better. In simple words, we may describe it as a cloud version of Revit Server; it provides a centralized location in the cloud to save and access a work-shared Revit project file among a team of architects and engineers who are sparsely located across the globe. But it actually goes beyond that. Let me give you a brief introduction to this new services through my point of view.

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