BIM 360 Design

In this recording, you will learn how to set up and use Autodesk’s cloud-based collaboration product. It also address the following topics:

  • Why clients move away from traditional processes and adopt BIM 360 to overcome manual, time-consuming collaboration challenges
  • Overview of the BIM 360 platform
  • How to kick-start your BIM 360 Design Trial – a step-by-step guide including Account Administration, Project Setup and Collaboration.

To watch the BIM-360-Design-Kickstarter-Webinar: Click here!

To view the Excitech Product page: Click here!

360-design-single-file.png Single Project Repository

  • Unlimited Storage
  • Support for all file types
  • Project activity log
360-Design-Navigation.png Navigation

  • List and thumbnail views
  • Version control and rollback
  • Single viewer for 2D and 3D files
360-Design-Deliverable.png Deliverable coordination

  • Reduce rework with trackable activity
  • Facilitate model exchange and deliverable coordination
  • Curate sets to separate work-in-progress from shared files
360-design-control-access.png Access Controls

  • Project and folder level access rights
  • Define access by role, company or user
  • Assigne five permission levels
360-Design-Collaboration.png Change visualisation

  • View added, removed or modified elements
  • Understand changes in context between aggregated models in a single space
  • Navigate change visualisation by team, phase, building level and more
360-Design-Viewing.png Viewing

  • Online and offline access on web, phone and tablet
  • PDF and model viewer, optimised for Apple iOS
  • Navigate between documents without closing viewer



BIM 360 Next-Generation – New workflows


The result of using a single, unified platform for AEC projects is the ability to remove the causes of uncertainty such as data loss, information silos and disconnected teams that lead to cost overruns, delays and frustrations for project stakeholders.

The new Autodesk BIM 360 next-generation platform removes data silos, supports inter-operability between work phases and extensibility and connectivity with other business platforms and applications, putting the right information in the right hands at the right time.

For some very informative workflow videos: Click here!


Top Tips to Reduce a Revit Family File Size

Here are some top tips from my colleague Luke Davenport on how to keep those files sizes smaller.

For the full article: Click here!

If you’ve done some testing and you need to reduce the file size of your families – here’s all the best tips from around the Revitsphere. The last one is spectacular!

  1. Use only native Autodesk Revit geometry (no SAT files sorry!)
  2. Keep voids to a minimum where possible
  3. Practice good family nesting (if geometry is used more than once, don’t array it, nest it)
  4. Check for duplication of geometry in nested families
  5. Avoid grouping geometry in families – it bloats the file size
  6. Purge the family
  7. Purge any nested families
  8. Remove any unused materials
  9. Remove any imported AutoCAD and SAT files used as reference
  10. Remove any imported images
  11. Once you’ve finished creating the file, compact the file size of the family by doing a ‘Save-As’ (this auto-compresses the file)
  12. And if you’ve followed all the above and you still want to reduce the file size further: load the family into a project and save it out from the project file. Doing this can easily chop 30% off the file size in my experience, and in one case reduced it by 45%. Apparently RFA files get gunked up with all kinds of saved history if they’re worked on for a long time, and exporting from a project purges all this unnecessary information out without harming the file.