Rina’s Random Revit-isms #13


Rina’s Random Revit-isms #13

This is a series of Revit tips and war stories inspired by my daily experiences working with the software


Last Revit-ism of 2020 – Are You Ready For 2021?

2020 was an unforgettable year.

Starting from March 2020, the AEC industry underwent a total overhaul of how things are done.

Large scale adoption of cloud-based collaboration showed that being in the office is not essential for AEC firms to remain productive.

On the other hand, this brought about its own set of challenges – management of projects and content, monitoring of model health, among others

 Looking back on 2020….

What a year it’s been!

A year of changes, innovations – a crossing of the Rubicon, so as to speak. The COVID-19 lockdown that started in March caused a major shift to working in the cloud. BIM360 became the tool of choice for the majority – and this brought about its own set of challenges –

  • Successfully uploading projects to BIM360
  • Sharing BIM360 projects between disciplines and companies
  • Managing project members and their permissions
  • Addressing issues of model health and project access

Then came AU2020

This explored (in a totally digital format) a prominent theme  – the fact that every Industry is changed forever and is permanently digitized with automation and collaborations were major keywords.

2021 – Ready, Get Set, GO!!!

Going forward – are you prepared for the coming year? Have you –

  • Upgraded old BIM360 projects to the required version of Revit? Make sure to verify the requirements and software availability of owners and consultants first!
  1. log into BIM360
  2. go to Document Management
  3. select the project that needs to be upgraded
  4. go to Project Admin >> Services >> Revit Cloud Model Upgrade
  5. Select the desired Revit version

Remember –

– This is a task that can only be performed by BIM360 Project or Account Administrators.

– All Revit models in the Project can be upgraded in one operation

– Also – only projects that have had Collaboration initiated in Revit can be upgraded.

– Before the actual upgrade – the Project can be tested. This will help to identify issues like project corruption that may impede the upgrade process.

  • Ensured that all team members are on the same build of Revit?

Note – Project Team members on different builds of the some version of Revit is a known cause of Project corruption.

  • Upgraded company libraries to the current version of Revit?

Typically most company libraries run to thousands of families (I updated 3629 families. Really). Try this handy little Dynamo Script – prepare to let it run overnight!

Don’t freak out when you see the error in the screenshot – the panel to the right shows the missing package that needs to be installed to run the script.

  • Purged, scanned the company Project template for corruption? Some things to watch for –

Dynamo Script – Delete Imported DWGs

Dynamo Script – Delete IMPORT Line Patterns


These steps should get you to a running start in this new year.

Final words –

Revit is more than just a tool for AEC productivity – sometimes I think that it’s a state of mind, where out-thinking the software is a running challenge.

I would like to close this year’s Revist-isms with a dose of cuteness. After all, you can’t start them too early, can you?


Stay safe and healthy! Keep Revit-ing till my next Revit-ism, then!

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