Autodesk has today announced an expanded international distribution for its A360 Collaboration for Revit, a product that was previously available only in the United States. The global rollout means that access to this cloud-based offering for AEC collaboration is immediately available worldwide in the English language only. Eventually, all regional languages supported by Revit will be supported in A360 Collaboration for Revit.
Team Work and Simplified Access
A360 Collaboration for Revit addresses users’ needs for real-time, centralized access to Revit models and associated project data. Project stakeholders and team members from all disciplines, on both the design-side and construction and operations side, can participate in access and work with models which are hosted in the cloud. What some may call “virtual colocation” is a major improvement over technical challenges associated with maintaining FTP sites and inefficient and non-centralized work-arounds for sharing data such as email.
“Collaboration for Revit provides us greater flexibility,” says Leo Gonzales, BIM Manager at Newman Architects. “If they’re on the road, at a job site, or just working from home, our users can access their Revit projects as if they’re sitting in one of our offices.”
A360 Collaboration for Revit opens the doors for multi-location and remote joint-ventures, notes Autodesk. “Seamless information sharing between joint ventures and project partners is the future of doing business,” says Gonzales. “And Collaboration for Revit gives us that future…today.”
A360 Collaboration for Revit reduces the need for in-person meetings or co-location of teams translating to lower travel expenses and better work-life balance for project team members. Physically distributed teams means that projects can leverage the power and ease remote team members as well as relieve the actual requirements for office space for all team members.
With the Communicator for Revit chat tool that comes with Collaboration for Revit, project team members can 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. Teams may not be sitting together, but they’re connected better than ever before.
Integration with Autodesk A360
Collaboration for Revit is tightly integrated with Autodesk A360, providing Revit design and engineering teams a centralized 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. This is ideal for building owners or others who want to have visibility to the project status, but don’t need full access. Jeff Cap, Director of IT at Newman Architects agrees, “Collaboration for Revit is amazing. Our partners and consultants can access Revit projects as if they’re sitting in our office, but without the security risk of accessing our internal network and without the cost of additional hardware or Revit software licenses.”
Availability and Further Info
A360 Collaboration for Revit is a cloud service subscription licensed per user and includes a subscription to A360 Team. A360 Collaboration for Revit is available globally in English starting 7, 2016, with support for all Revit software languages expected to be available later this month. Multiple Subscription options are available [annual via the Autodesk Online Store or Autodesk Authorized Resellers; quarterly via Autodesk Authorized Resellers; and monthly via the Autodesk Online Store].