Linking Non-Initiated BIM 360 Files into Revit

If you have Desktop Connector installed, you probably realise you can ‘upload’ Revit models and other files to BIM 360 Docs by dragging and dropping to the folder in Windows Explorer (using Desktop Connector). However, when you try and link this using the BIM 360 shortcut in Revit, you might not be able to see the file…

Here is a workaround that may allow you to link a non-initiated Revit model into your Revit file:

  1. Ensure you have Autodesk Desktop Connector installed
  2. Start Link Revit command from the ribbon
  3. Update: Click on the Address drop down
  4. Click on This PC
  5. Browse to BIM 360 from the window below:

  6. Select the file (non initiated) that you want to link

You should get the BIM 360 prefix in Manage Links:

There is a short video of this process here:

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Dave Plumb
Dave Plumb

We’ve been using this process on one of our BIM 360 projects where the Engineers are not on BIM 360.
What we’ve found, however, is that the every morning when you open a model, all of the Linked .RVTs uploaded thru Desktop Connector will re-create all of the worksharing “…_backup” folders.
This can take quite a while every morning.
I don’t understand why, because although the Links ARE workshared, none of the worksharing can be accessed, since the were uploaded thru Desktop Connector. But we still have to wait for the permissions to be generated.

Scott D Davis

This method adds an extra step…because Desktop Connector builds into the Windows file system, it will be at My Computer>BIM 360 in any file dialog box, including Insert Revit or Manage Links. No need to cut and paste the path from Windows Explorer.