A while back, I conducted extensive research into Revit content management tools. I was commissioned by Unifi to do this, and I told the story of the process over here. You can also watch the related webinar here. Over the last couple of years, some of you have approached me to gain access to the master Excel comparison matrix document that I produced. Recently, Jay Merlan updated this document on behalf of Unifi and it has now been approved for public release!
The document is very detailed and consists of a number of key sections:
Matrix – where data is entered and initial scores are calculated. This includes a ‘feature weight’ where you can allocate how important a given feature is to you personally.
Screencasts – links to actually tests undertaken
Test Results – summary sheet
Cost data – a series of sheets for attempting to compare and calculate overall cost of the content management system
Summary Pivot Tables and Charts
Overall Summary Chart
As it is an Excel document using Formulas and Pivot Tables, it could be a very powerful starting point for you to dig in and investigate the various features of Revit and BIM Content Management systems and Content Providers. I hope you find it useful!
Feel free to comment here with any of your thoughts, and if you have any questions about the document and how it works.
I’m pretty sure this is what Revit Skyscraper is going to look like when it gets released, and I’m guessing it will be called “Collaboration for Revit” or “Revit Collaboration” (sounds like an addin, yeah?). Check out the image:
Revit Properties is now available within the CTC BIM Project Suite download, and runs outside of Revit. This user interface provides access to basic data about Revit project files, family files, project template files and family template files.
See the version of Revit that last saved the file
View worksharing information about project files
This is a free tool that does not have licensing requirements
These are part of the Standard, Free BIM Project Suite by CTC:
BIM List is a content management solution providing the ability to sort, search and leverage your families more effectively. • Locate and insert families into a Revit project • Search parameter data using filters • Administrative controls help enforce company standards
Detail Link automates the process of linking AutoCAD DWG details for use in the Revit project environment. • Reduce errors and ensure consistency • Save time by automating an otherwise manual process
Project Link is an easy and customizable system for finding and organizing documents from inside the Revit interface. • Make important documents and hyperlinks accessible from within Revit • Locate and group all families that have a hyperlink associated with them • Both administrative and user interfaces are provided
Renumbering provides a fast and simple way to renumber your rooms and doors. • Auto-swapping avoids duplicates • Alphanumeric sequential numbering • Add separators and suffixes to room and door numbers