Project Review with BIM 360 Glue

We are actively searching for a cloud-based solution for reviewing our models, and products from Autodesk were among the candidates, so I give a try to the Glue platform.

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is the cloud-based solution for visualizing and reviewing BIM project, based on the DWF format from Autodesk.

I have to check it as a potential solution, so I will share my first thought here.

BIM 360 Glue work with a cloud-based repository, were we access from the web-browser admin page and the local client. As usual, everything is project-oriented.

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The admin interface provide every basic tools for administrating your projects.

Creating a project come in a few easy steps, were you name it and select user to be project administrators.

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After this first step, every project admin can invite new members to the project, and define their permission level.

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Once you have been invited to a project, you will receive a nice invitation to download and install the client. The entire process is well thought, and no user should have any problem to download the client.

This client provide everything you need to review your model, with properties, length and area measures, saved views, sections and markups.

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To upload content to the Glue platform, we use the Revit plugin. Once you are connected with your Autodesk account into Revit, you can upload view and sheet directly from the Revit interface.

Just click the Glue button, select your project and the views you want to upload, and Glue will take care of everything else.

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It also check if a given view has already be uploaded, and ask us if we want to update it, or create a new one.

If we update one, a notification appear on the client. Hitting the refresh button give us the latest version.

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The activity panel show us every version of the uploaded view, and allow us to reload any previous version.

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It seems than Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is a really interesting solution for project review. The integration with Revit and the versioning system add great features to an already nice viewer. The only missing thing here is the ability to print directly from the client.

Drawings in Navisworks

One of the main complain I heard from Navisworks is to only be able to see a 3D view of the model and not the drawings created from it. It is why I use Design Review to review drawings produced within Revit.

On the other hand, Design Review is generally not powerful enough to display large 3D models, and in this case, Navisworks has to be used.

I recently discover a solution for combining the best of these two applications by integrating DWF files in Navisworks.

To showcase this function, I create a new Navisworks model and append a Revit model in it.

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To be able to see sheets produced within the Revit model, I export them in a new DWF file from Revit:

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This DWF file can be loaded into Navisworks through the Broject Browser menu. Just hit the Import Sheets & Models button to load the content of this DWF file. We can see its sheets displayed in the Project Browser window:

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After a right-click -> Prepare All Sheets/Models, we can display these drawings in Navisworks just like in Design Review:

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Every element in these views is selectable, and its properties are displayed as well.

An interesting feature is the ability to select an element and display it in another view. Just select the element, right-click and hit Find Item in Other Sheets and Models. Navisworks display every views were we can find the selected element.

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This feature present in Revit was missing in Design Review and allows for a quick review of elements from the drawings to the 3D view. On the other hand, some markup tools present in Design Review are not available in Navisworks, and we don’t have the ability to import these markup back in Revit.