Collaborating with Revit

by / Wednesday, 15 February 2017 / Published in Architectural, BIM, Blog, Data Management, Revit
BIM Collaboration

Revit Central Model

Whenever you need to collaborate with multiple stake holders, whether internal or external, a centralized Revit model is required. This ensures all updates and changes are synchronized through the appropriate channels. Autodesk offers two main methods of collaboration using your Revit Central Model. First is the ability to host the Central Model on your own internal servers and the second, newer option, is making use of Cloud collaboration via BIM 360.

What is a Central Model? A Central Model is just a Revit Project that has been saved as a “Revit Central Model”. All design work, updates/changes are synchronized with Central.  This allows multiple individuals to work on the same model, at the same time. Otherwise, your OS will give you access to a just a read-only Revit Project file.

So, how does Revit make this happen?  Glad you asked!, Revit takes advantage of “Worksets”. In short, Worksets grant editing rights to different parts/areas of the Central Model to specific design team members.. It’s sort of like using a library card to check out a book that you can read, and write, into. Just don’t go to your local library and write in their books!

Want more details on how to set this up in your own office? AMS can help you implement Revit, with “best in practice” standards. Please reach out to us for any of you Revit needs.

That’s it for this week’s blog, until next time . . . happy Reviting!



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