I have been chatting with one or two industry insiders over at Autodesk recently, and there are some pretty big changes coming to the BIM360 fraternity of products. For the most part, it seems like these will be very welcome improvements. However, it may have an impact on how you run projects through BIM360, and so it might be advisable to check out the upcoming BIM360 webinar (link). Details below:
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I typically convert IFCs using the Link method, which results in DirectShape objects. It seems that one of the Architectural files that I converted this way from ArchiCAD to Revit and then to BIM 360 Glue was stopping the colours from getting baked into the BIM 360 Shared View.
To workaround this issue:
Determine what problem model/s you have (possibly those converted from IFC)
Open your Merged Model in Navisworks for BIM360
Hide these problem models in Navisworks scene
Run Appearance Profiler or otherwise apply colour overrides
In the BIM 360 Shared Views pane, click New to make a new Shared View on BIM 360 Glue with the colours ‘baked in’
Go to Glue desktop app and confirm the colours are working
Then, Unhide the problem model here…
And then make a new view in the desktop app
This new view should have all models you want showing, and the colour overrides working ok.
On a related note, you may have seen this warning:
View in model is still processing and some items may not be overridden
It seems that this might put your Glue merged model in a dirty state? Try deleting all views with this message before trying to create Shared Views from Navisworks with colour overrides.
Sometimes in Glue addin for Revit will fail with the message “Oneormoregluingerrorsoccurred“.
You may be able to workaround this problem by following these steps:
After receiving the error, immediately browse to your Temp directory. To do this, open Windows Explorer and type %TEMP% in the address bar.
Sort by Date Modified
Look for a DWF or NWC that matches the View Name that failed to Glue in Revit
Grab that file, and remove the suffix (usually a few digits) so that the DWF Filename = View Name = Glue Model name
Using the Glue desktop app, upload that model manually
Renamed model ready for upload
This process opens up an interesting possibility… usually when exporting a DWF using plain Revit, it will always use Project Internal coordinates. However, the Glue addin can actually export DWFs with Shared Coordinates (if you choose that in the Glue export More Options dialog).
Using the above steps 1-5, you can ‘find’ this DWF with Shared Coordinates and use it wherever you please… such as in Navisworks.
It is Autodesk’s mobile-centric implementation of an integrated FM system… It hasn’t been around for long, but it already allows you to export Equipment directly from BIM 360 Field. It also allows you to view the equipment in context, and attach photos and other information.
It would seem like the current cloud model and sharing workflow from Autodesk currently looks something like this:
Most of these are bug fixes, and some BIM360 Glue integration performance improvements. Details and direct links below: Autodesk Navisworks 2016 Service pack 2 delivers user experience and stability improvements to the Autodesk BIM 360 integration. Service pack 2 also addresses problems identified in other parts of Autodesk Navisworks 2016. Service Pack 2 also includes all of the updates from Service Pack 1. Service Pack 2 can be installed on either the original version or the Service Pack 1 version of Autodesk Navisworks 2016.
If you are having trouble getting a particular NWC uploaded to Glue, here are some steps to try:
you can open it in Navisworks, export to DWF and try Uploading that using the Glue client
you could open it in Navisworks 2015 and then Glue It from there. Unfortunately, there is no ‘Glue It’ addin available for Navisworks 2016. As I understand it, the new Glue sync features in 2016 mean that a simple Glue It button for Navisworks will not be available in Navisworks 2016.
Also, there are new addins available today (11 May 2015):