Integrate Autodesk Docs with a BIMcollab project

Integrate Autodesk Docs with a BIMcollab project

BIMcollab Nexus provides online model viewing features. Users can choose from the standard BIMcollab Model WebViewer or opt for two other integrations: Autodesk Docs and Trimble connect viewer, both of which can be enabled based on their preferences and project requirements. The integrations with Autodesk Docs and Trimble connect are only available for the connected or enterprise plan of BIMcollab Nexus. 

The BIMcollab Autodesk Docs integration allows users to view models from an Autodesk Docs folder, create new issues and evaluate existing issues directly from the BIMcollab Nexus web application. You can test the integration on your Join (free) or Starter account for a period of 4 weeks.
The integration for Autodesk Docs with BIMcollab Nexus can be set up in 2 different ways. 
  1. Use Autodesk Docs as your CDE and view the models in BIMcollab Nexus with the integrated BIMcollab Model WebViewer (Soon to be available.) 
  2. Use Autodesk Docs as your CDE and view the models in BIMcollab Nexus using a mirror from the Autodesk Docs viewer (Forge viewer) 

To enable this integration, follow the following steps.

Set up your Autodesk Docs account

This step can only be performed by the administrator of the Autodesk Docs account. If you are a team member, skip to the last step.
  1. Log into your Autodesk Docs account
  2. Go to the Account Admin page of your account
  3. Go to APPS
  4. Find the BIMcollab application in the list
  5. Add the application to your account
  6. Repeat the previous steps for every account necessary



On occasion the tab APPS might not be available to you. In that case, please follow these instructions on the Autodesk website.

Set up the integration in your BIMcollab account

This step can only be performed by the Project leader of a project. If you are a team member, skip to the next step.
  1. Log in to BIMcollab Nexus
  2. Select one of the projects of which you are a Project leader
  3. Go to the Settings page of the project
  4. Click 'Integration'



  5. Select 'Autodesk Docs' as your integration
    Choose which viewer to use in BIMcollab Nexus. 



  6. Click Sign in
  7. Complete the Autodesk Docs sign in process
  8. Click ALLOW
  9. Choose the appropriate account and project
    When you don't see all the accounts linked to the email address with which you are logged in, please check the following: 
    1. The BIMcollab app has been installed in all of the Autodesk Docs accounts.
    2. If you notice the app has been installed, but you cannot see the account in BIMcollab, the app might no longer be correctly installed, because of changes in the Autodesk API. 
      Follow these steps to reconnect the account:
      1. Log out from your Autodesk Docs account in BIMcollab Nexus
      2. Uninstall the BIMcollab app in your Autodesk Docs account
      3. Log out of your Autodesk Docs account
      4. Log in again to your Autodesk Docs account
      5. Re-install the BIMcollab app
      6. Log in to you account in BIMcollab Nexus
      7. Setup the integration again from your project
  10. Select the file types you want to make available in the integration, only files of these types will be available to choose in the model selection



  11. Click OK
The Autodesk Docs project is now integrated into the BIMcollab project. In the next step you can choose which models from the Autodesk folder will be displayed in the Model tab of the project.

Choose the models

This step is specific for every team member of the project. Users can choose themselves which of the project's models they want to display in the model tab.
  1. Go to the Model tab of the project in which the Autodesk Docs integration was set up.
    The first time you go to the Model tab after the integration was configured, the model selection window will automatically pop up.



  2. On the left side, all folders and models in the project, matching the selected file types, are shown. Select all models you want to display.
  3. Click on the arrow button to add the selected models to the view.

  4. Once all desired models are added to the 'Selected models' list, click 'OK'.
If you want to change or add models to the list of selected models, click on the  button in the top right corner of the model viewer.
All selected models will be shown as a combined model in the Model tab. Use the model viewer functionalities to further filter the model and define its appearance. You can zoom to issues in the model and create new issues from the issue panel on the left side of the screen.




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