The Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit is a service that works with Revit software to connect project teams with centralised access to BIM project data in the cloud.

Collaboration for Revit helps project teams overcome the barriers of corporate firewalls and limitations of their physical location by enabling centralised access to Revit models. Team members from diverse disciplines across multiple firms or globally distributed sites can access and work in models hosted in the cloud. Autodesk’s Collaboration for Revit replaces traditionally inefficient methods of sharing models such as FTP or email, adding up to significant benefits for global building project teams.

Centralised access to project data contributes to more efficient and easily-managed collaboration within a firm as well as for projects involving remote participants.

According to Leo Gonzales, BIM Manager at Newman Architects, Collaboration for Revit provides team members greater flexibility in accessing their Revit projects regardless of their physical location. A360 Collaboration for Revit opens doors to participation in joint ventures and multi-location projects. Gonzales explains that seamless information sharing between joint ventures and project partners is the future of doing business, an ability that Collaboration for Revit provides today.

Some of the advantages of Collaboration for Revit include reduced need for in-person meetings or co-location of teams translating into lower travel expenses and better work-life balance for project team members; physical distribution of teams reducing the requirement for office space for all project team members; and more options for project leaders for accessing people with the right skill set for a project, resulting in better allocation of team resources.

Collaboration for Revit comes with an integrated Communicator for Revit chat tool, allowing project team members to communicate directly with each other, in real-time, within the project models. A designer in any location can chat with other team members and attach files, images, or Revit screen captures. Though teams may not be sitting together, they're connected better than ever before. Using real-time chat within project models helps designers not only to stay in touch but to know instantaneously who is working in the model and what they are doing.

Collaboration for Revit is tightly integrated with Autodesk A360, providing Revit design and engineering teams a centralised cloud-based workspace in which to work together more efficiently on projects and make more effective decisions. External team members and project contributors who do not use or have access to Revit software can view, search, and socially interact on models, discuss challenges and successes, and stay current with project activities.

Timely feedback and input from an extended team speeds up communication timelines and can help ensure project understanding and buy-in. A360 Collaboration for Revit software revolutionises project collaboration by connecting team members within the Revit models where they work.