by James Hughes
Director of Technical Services, ATG USA

For decades, Architects and Engineers have struggled to collaborate efficiently with other firms. The problem plagues both large, multi-office firms and those simply needing to collaborate with their consultants.

The firms I worked for solved the multi-office issue by not having personnel from different offices collaborate on project design. This is NOT a solution.

And then there is the issue of updating files. The old way of updating files looks something like this:
• Stop working on production every day to send files
• Email the right person
• Receive and audit their files
• Archive the old files then overwrite with the new
• And finally, email the team that the files have been updated.

Firms lose at least 30 minutes of production, per person, per project using this tried and true method of pushing files around. My billable rate was $70/hour, so this had a very real cost of $35/day per project.

With Collaboration for Revit, Autodesk has solved the longstanding and expensive issue of collaboration, but why aren’t more people talking about it?

I have worked on projects with C4R, and I will tell you that it is a beautiful and elegant solution. C4R is a cloud-based model hosting and synchronization service built upon Autodesk BIM360 cloud services.

Your model remains your own, and your consultant’s models are linked to it. Changes made are updated with every synchronization. Using the BIM360 web portal, a principal can mark up a published sheet. The markups are stored and broadcast to the team for comment. The model you pull up always has the latest changes. It is incredible in its simplicity and effectiveness.

In my next post, I will share more about my personal project experiences, but I wanted to share this success story. The focus of this story is on the power of collaborative design for the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures in the Northeastern part of the United States.