By using Navisworks with BIM 360, you can ensure that everyone on the team has access to the “single version of the truth,” collaborate and connect with the rest of the team for collaborative project review and coordination workflows.  This integrated BIM 360 solution gives you and your team access to the most up-to-date project data in the cloud, anytime, anywhere. There are different points of access tailored for specific roles, such as direct access from desktop apps for designers and VDC managers, and mobile access for project managers, clients, and field personnel. 

It’s important to know that Navisworks and BIM 360 share the same core technology for large model viewing, navigation, and clash detection. If you run a clash test in Navisworks and the same test in BIM 360, you will get the same results. Navisworks and BIM 360 share the same data structure – which supports round-trip data exchange throughout. 

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When Autodesk 360 is installed (current version is, it creates a “special” Autodesk 360 link that lives directly under My Computer.  Additionally, certain Autodesk applications can directly access Autodesk 360 using a special link.

However, some current Autodesk applications do not seem to have direct access to Autodesk 360 via any special “links”.  What to do?

  • In Windows Explorer, open the special Autodesk 360 link (which has your Autodesk login name appended), and then
  • right-click on a subfolder and
  • select Open in New Window
  • Now, click in the address bar and the “location” should be revealed…

In my case, it was:
C:UsersLuke JohnsonAppDataLocalAutodeskAutodesk SyncCloudluke.johnson

So, yours should be:
C:UsersyourWindowsUsernameAppDataLocalAutodeskAutodesk SyncCloudYourAutodeskLogin

I know its not rocket science, but you can now use this path to access Autodesk 360 from any application.

You could also add this address to your Revit My Places list, and then modify the name of it in the Registry to be Autodesk 360 🙂

This is the current tree node for editing Revit 2014 My Places names:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit 2014ProfilesAllAnavDialogs

Hypothetically, the above method allows you to Link a CAD file from your local sync of your online Autodesk 360 data directly into a Revit project.

From the description by uploader Alex Neihaus on Youtube:
 the screens shown were pre-release versions of the product, the music was an original composition (not stock music) and at an AIA convention, Revit rented a 20,000 watt stereo system and mounted it in a 16-foot glass tower to overpower the competition. The video was produced on a then massively sophisticated Avid system with something like 54 layers in Watertown, MA.

Here is the promo video:

I extracted some screenshots out of it, and here they are – prerelease Revit!


From Mark Wieringa in comments on my previous post:
Hi Luke,
There’s a quick workaround for your problem. You’re able to hack tags for certain categories to show the Level that the elements have been created on.
What you need to do is open a ceiling tag, then make the label for Level. Copyclip the label and delete the original, then change the category to for instance floors and pasteclip.The label will still refer to the Level parameter and will report it for categories that have the parameter available.

Mark Wieringa

Great tip!  As proof of concept, please see files for download at:

Over the years, there have been a few attempts at modelling a Mobius Strip (or band) in Revit.  The BIM Troublemaker had a go back in 2010, Chad also tried in the comments, and The Proving Ground showed a method with RevitPythonShell.  Another guy tried using a massive rig on Youtube (skip to 7.55).

For me, the conceptual analysis of this problem goes back to a fundamental question – is a piece of paper a surface, or a solid?  It is really both, depending on the accuracy of the equipment you are using to measure thickness.  When it comes to modelling it in Revit, I prefer to think of it as a surface – something with no inherent thickness, just a piece of stuff that we twist 180 degrees and try to stick back to itself.

Similarly, I’m more concerned with making the Mobius Strip out of one piece (one “Create Form”), rather than two pieces.  And I’m not too worried about seeing a single seam line – even the piece of paper Mobius Band has visible sticky tape 🙂

So in my example, I created a form derived from nested line families (parametric band width) that are hosted on Reference Points.  These Reference Points are driven by the Normalized Curve Parameter and Rotation Angle to set up a slowly twisting rig for the Create Form.  The Reference Points live on a Spline, that was placed on a Divided Path based on Arc / Circle segments.  This gives me two things – a simulated rig-driven “circle” that is actually a Spline (that has a parametric radius), and the ability to add a “Closer” parameter to push the two ends of the band together.

Hey, I know its not perfect, but it was a bit of fun!  Oh, and did I mention that the Wall by Face tool in Revit will happily generate a wall from this family in a single click?

You can download the example here: