Why Can't I Open My Model on BIM 360 from within the Revit Application?

    If you've uploaded your Revit model to the BIM 360 Documents web interface and it's not appearing in the BIM 360 model list in the Revit application, here's what's going on...

    Revit models can be stored in BIM 360 Documents in two ways:

    • When you upload them to the BIM 360 Documents web interface, they're stored as single-user Revit models on the BIM 360 cloud drive (and aren't openable from within the Revit application).
    • When you upload them to BIM 360 as Cloud Revit Models using the Collaborate > Manage Collaboration > Collaborate tool, they're stored as shared Cloud Revit models that can be accessed simultaneously by your project team (and can be opened from within the Revit application).

    Although they appear to be similar in the BIM 360 Documents web interface, they behave differently based upon how they're uploaded to the cloud.

    So, If you want to share your model with other members of your project team to work on simultaneously:

    • Open your project model in the Revit application.
    • Switch to the Collaborate tab and open the Collaborate tool.
    • Choose to Collaborate in BIM 360 Document Management.
    • Navigate to the folder in BIM 360 Documents where you'd like to create the Cloud Revit Model.

    Once you've created the Cloud Revit Model (also called the Central Model), always open the Cloud Revit Model from within the Revit application.

    • Open the Revit applicaation.
    • Choose BIM 360 from the list of common locations at the left side of the File Open dialog.
    • Navigate to the folder in BIM 360 Documents where you created the Cloud Revit Model.

    Never open a Cloud Revit Model from the BIM 360 Document web interface.  The web interface is a great way to share your latest published version of the Cloud Revit Model with others who don't have the Revit application installed on their computer, but as a model editor, always open the Cloud Revit Model from the File Open dialog within Revit.

    Saving a Cloud Revit Model - Workflow


    Saving a Cloud Revit Model - Demo



    How Do I Set the Project Orientation?

    You can accurately set the orientation of your project relative to the compass directions using the Manage > Location > Rotate True North tool in Revit.

    Revit views can display your model using two orientations:

    • Project North -- which is typically used to align your model elements to be parallel or perpendicular with the edges of the drawing area.  Project North makes it easy to place model elements by snapping to 0 and 90 degrees.
    • True North -- which shows the accurate rotation of the building elements relative to the compass directions. 

    A good work practice is to:

    • Use the Project North orientation for views where you are placing and editing model elements.
    • Uset the True North for special views where you are setting the Project Orientation or displaying sun and shadows.

    Setting the Project Orientation - Workflow

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    Setting the Project Orientation - Demo

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    Setting Up the Building Model Creator Environment

    For CEE 122A/222A Students

    As a building model creator and editor, you'll need a laptop computer with:

    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 30 GB of free disk space
    • Windows 8 64-bit operating system (or a newer version -- Window 10)

    All students in Global AEC should complete the following checklist of steps IN THIS ORDER to set up their laptop computers with the Building Modeling Environment components:

    • Sign up for an Autodesk ID at the Autodesk Education Community website (  This Autodesk ID is required in order to download the software tools and use cloud services.  After you create your Autodesk ID (the email that you used to sign up at Autodesk), send it to Renate, and the course assistant -- Sara.
      Signing Up for an Autodesk ID

    • If you're working with a Mac, prepare your computer to install Windows. 
      Preparing to Install Windows on a Mac

    • Install Windows 8 64-bit or a newer version (if not already installed).
      Installing the Windows OS

    • Install Autodesk Revit 2021 -- IMPORTANT: This is not optional.  You must install Revit 2021.
      Installing Autodesk Revit

    • Check your inbox for the account you used to setup your Autodesk for invitations to join two cloud services -- BIM 360 Glue and the BIM 360 Documents collaboration site

      If you haven't received these invitations, please URGENTLY email Renate and the course assistant to resend the invitations to you.

    • Please accept both of these invitations by clicking the Accept link in the email messages that you receive, then send an email message to Renate, and the course assistant confirming that you've accepted these invitations and completed this step.

    • Test your installation.  You should complete Tests 1 thru 4 on your own. Follow the instructions and send the results in an email message to the course assistants.  You will complete Test 5 during an online session with the course assistant.
      Testing Your Installation

    Revit 2018; Why Do I Get a Structural Precast Warning When Editing Curtain Walls?

    Known Bug in Extension Creates Errant Warning Messages

    If you've installed the Revit 2018 extensions and are receiving a Revit Precast - Warning when editing other model elements (for example, making changes to a curtain wall), you're not alone -- this warning is caused by a known bug in the Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2018.

    Here's a simple workaround while we're awaiting a new version of the extension that fixes this bug:

    • Switch to the Precast tab in the Tool Ribbon.
    • Click the Off button to disable Structural Precast for Revit.

    You can also uninstall the Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2018 using the Start Menu > Settings > Apps & Features dialog. 

    Updating Revit Model Versions on A360

    Controlling the Versions Available thru the A360 Website

    A360 offers two ways of viewing your cloud-hosted Revit models -- thru the Revit application as well as thru the A360 website -- and this can create confusion about which version is being displayed:

    • When you open your cloud-hosted model thru the File>Open menu choice in the Revit application, it will always the latest version.
    • But when you open your model or download it from the A360 website, the last "published" version is displayed.

    Read onward for details of how to control the version published on the A360 website and choose the views of model available on the website.


    Sharing Revit Models with ETABS

    You can share your Revit structural models with ETABS for structural analysis and design by installing:

    • the ETABS application
    • the CSiXRevit connector add-in for Revit

    Note: You must be connected to the Stanford network environment (on-campus or via the VPN) to use our network license for CSiXRevit 2019.

    Installing ETABS on Your Computer

    You can install the ETABS application on our computer to perform structural analysis and design by following these steps.

    Note: You must be connected to the Stanford network environment (on-campus or via the VPN) to use our network license server for ETABS.

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    Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. They believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.


    Dare to Make a Difference

    As we begin a new academic quarter, I'd like to share a video that I've always found very inspiring...

    Originally produced for Apple's Think Different campaign in the late 1990s, the ideas are equally appropriate today as we choose our roles in imagining, designing, and creating a better world.