Friday 5 June 2015

Collaboration for Revit - New to us....

Were starting to use Collaboration for Revit on a number of projects, subsequently I’ve had a couple questions about local files and back-ups for C4R projects.

Here’s a couple quick points about C4R that are different to what we normally do.

Autodesk A360-Collaboration for Revit is a Cloud Subscription service that hosts building information models in the cloud, enabling project participants from multiple companies or locations to concurrently author models.

There technically is a local RVT + an RVT for each linked model. They are tucked away in the Collaboration Cache but you’re not meant to access them.

This is purposely located in special location because team members using Revit shouldn't need to access their locals. Team members navigate to A360 within Revit's file browser, and Revit makes sure they are working on fresh local versions of the Cloud Workshared model in C4R.
You can Publish, Rename and Relinquish elements from C4R.

Saving a back-up file.
Currently there is not “official” way to create a back-up file. However every time we share our model with the consultants we keep a duplicate which can be considered as our back-up file. You can do a "Save As" from Revit for any cloud workshared model and that'll detach it and save it locally. You can also download RVT files in bulk from the A360 Hub, and they'll be downloaded along with any links into a zip file.
I’m sure something will be developed soon as I think it’ll be a commonly requested task.

How does C4R cache Data?
Collaboration for Revit, proactively caches updated model data locally on the machine. This helps to significantly improve the overall performance experience.
It caches the date differently to how Revit Server does

Will there be any “Latency” in accessing the file in the Cloud?
Since Collaboration for Revit operates with a Revit application naively executed on a Windows PC, the overall performance experience depends on the hardware of the machine and the size of the model(s) being operated on. Operations that require a transaction with Collaboration for Revit will depend on the latency and bandwidth between the PC and the Collaboration service. Basically it depends on your PC and your Internet connection, so far I haven’t seen any latency.

Here are a couple links with further information on C4R.

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