Embedding Data, Cloud Computing, and Accessibility with A360 Team and Unifi

Over the past few months I’ve been pretty busy exploring this idea of embedded data and content in our Revit families. In the mechanical and plumbing world it’s important to understand how to attach documentation and specifications in to your content, so that the end user is able to actually interact with that data. This is all fully possible now thanks to Unifi and A360. Through several forum suggestions on A360’s idea station (located here: http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/a360-ideastation/idb-p/206/tab/most-recent), I’ve been able to suggest new features that the team has been immensely generous in adding because they’ve seen value for the end user. Some of these recent enhancements include hyperlink support in the mobile, tablet, and website versions. This is huge because currently Revit does not allow you to embed pdfs, (probably justified for file size), but this can be worked around through the use of shared parameters that are URL based. Then referencing those documents from your A360 drive folder through the utilization of a shared link.

Here’s our workflow.

1.) Specification & Installation Data is placed on A360 Team folder.

2.) Our Revit family content creator in our office generates a Revit family that has parameters that reference the “A360 Specification URL” and “A360 Installation URL”. This becomes a parameter that the shared link can be placed in for future content creation…

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