Use Autodesk Docs with BIMcollab

Use Autodesk Docs with BIMcollab

Autodesk Docs can be used in combination with BIMcollab in several ways:
  1. With the Autodesk Docs integration in BIMcollab Cloud
  2. As a Project folder in BIMcollab ZOOM
In this article we will demonstrate how to setup and use these connections to use both applications to their full potential

Autodesk Docs integration in BIMcollab Cloud

In the Connected and Enterprise plans, you have the ability to integrate an Autodesk Docs folder with your projects. You can test the integration on your free account on join.bimcollab.com, or in the Starter plan for a time period of 4 weeks.
This integration allows stakeholders to view all IFC, RVT and NWD files that are located in the folder as a combined model directly in BIMcollab Cloud. This makes it unnecessary t o first download the models to be able to study them. Users can evaluate existing issues in the context of the model, and create new issues from the model viewer.

For each project in your BIMcollab Cloud space, you can setup a separate connection to the preferred Autodesk Docs folder.
To view the models located in Autodesk Docs in BIMcollab Cloud, proceed as follows:

As a project leader

  1. Set up a folder on Autodesk Docs which contains all the files which are related to the project. Make sure the folder is accessible to all team members
  2. Set up the connection between your project and the Autodesk Docs folder, as is described in the article How to integrate Autodesk Docs into my project
  3. Go to the Model tab on the project page
  4. All models in the linked Autodesk Docs folder will be shown as a combined model



As a team member

  1. Log into your BIMcollab Cloud account
  2. Select the project where the Autodesk Docs integration has been set up
  3. Go to the Model tab
  4. Click the 'Sign in' button
  5. You will be redirected to the Autodesk Docs login page
    Complete the Autodesk Docs login process
  6. On the 'Authorize application' page, click 'Allow'



  7. You will be redirected to BIMcollab Cloud, and all models in the linked Autodesk Docs folder will be shown as a combined model on the Model tab



Project folder in BIMcollab ZOOM

In BIMcollab ZOOM it is possible to link IFC files and point clouds stored in a shared folder to a project on BIMcollab Cloud to which you are connected. This way it is ensured that all team members of the BIMcollab Cloud project, always have access to the most recent files in ZOOM.
This shared folder can be located in Autodesk Docs.
To use a Autodesk folder as a Project folder in BIMcollab ZOOM, proceed as follows:

As a project leader

  1. Set up a shared folder on Autodesk Docs which contains all the files which are related to the project. Make sure the folder is accessible to all team members
  2. Download and install the Autodesk Desktop Connector as described on the Autodesk website
    Make sure the models which you would like to load in BIMcollab ZOOM, have the status 'Synced' in the Autodes Desktop Connector. If the status is 'Online', right click on the model, and choose 'Sync'.
  3. Open BIMcollab ZOOM
  4. Connect to the preferred space and project
  5. Connect the folder to your project as is described in the article IFC and Point cloud sharing in BIMcollab ZOOM using BIMcollab Cloud (Advised)
  6. When browsing to the correct folder, select the folder in the Autodesk Desktop Connector
  7. The models will be displayed in the 'Navigation' tab
  8. Right-click on the models that should be loaded and choose 'Load model'

As a team member

  1. Download and install the Autodesk Desktop Connector as described on the Autodesk website
    Make sure the models which you would like to load in BIMcollab ZOOM, have the status 'Synced' in the Autodesk Desktop Connector. If the status is 'Online', right click on the model, and choose 'Sync'.
  2. Open BIMcollab ZOOM
  3. Connect to the preferred space and project
  4. Connect to the project folder as described in the article Open a shared project folder in BIMcollab ZOOM by connecting to BIMcollab Cloud
  5. When browsing to the correct folder, select the folder in the Autodesk Desktop Connector
  6. The models will be displayed in the 'Navigation' tab
  7. Right-click on the models that should be loaded and choose 'Load model'

The next time the user connects to the project, the models will be automatically loaded from the correct location.
The load status of the models is stored for each individual user.

Because this setup is folder based, all changes in the connected Autodesk Docs folder are recognized automatically when a user connects to the project for the first time after the change.
Therefore this workflows ensures that all team members are working with the most up to date models at all times.
Replace updated models, add new models and delete outdated models from the shared folder. 
An updated version of a model can only be detected when the new file has the same name as the previous version. If the updated version has a different name, it will be added to the project as a new model and the previous version will be shown as missing (if it was deleted from the folder).
The model tree will give feedback on the load status and availability of the models by its color. Consult this article about different colors of model names for more information on the meaning of the different colors. 
    • Related Articles

    • Integrate Autodesk Docs with a BIMcollab project

      The BIMcollab Autodesk Docs integration allows users to view models from a Autodesk Docs folder, create new issues and evaluate existing ones directly from the BIMcollab Cloud web application. The integration is available for users with a Connected ...
    • Which file types are supported in the Autodesk Docs integration?

      The BIMcollab Autodesk Docs integration will allow you to view IFC as well as native Revit models and Navisworks .NWD fileformat. Other model types will not be shown.
    • Can I see models located in separate Autodesk Docs sub folders?

      No. But the Autodesk Docs integration will create a federated model from the (reference) models stored in the folder(s) selected by the project manager.
    • Connect to BIMcollab Cloud from Solibri

      Solibri is a very powerful and flexible BIM tool. Connected to BIMcollab Cloud it becomes part of an equally powerful Issue management ecosystem. Version 9.12 - The BCF Live connector The BCF Live connector is introduced in Solibri 9.12. Configure ...
    • Transfer Saved Viewpoints to BIMcollab Cloud

      Saved Viewpoints in Navisworks are viewpoints created during a visual check of the model. Import Saved Viewpoints directly from Navisworks in the BCF Manager as issues. For this function to be active you need to be connected to a BIMcollab project. ...