Coordinate Models

Before creating a coordination space, a project administrator must add the relevant members to the project and ensure they have member-level access to the Model Coordination module. For more information, see Manage Member Access.

Create Coordination Spaces

Project administrators create coordination spaces and configure them against folders in Document Management. Coordination spaces can be set up with automatic clash turned on or off, for use in clash detection, or model review workflows respectively.

Tip: Create specific coordination folders for model review and clash detection in the Project Files folder in Document Management. Name the folders appropriately so it is easy for project members to locate them, and ensure that project members have at least View permissions for the folders to ensure they can access the coordination spaces. While coordination spaces can exist in either the Plans or Project Files folders, using Project Files makes it easier to work with existing design data. For example, data from Revit that is used in the Design Collaboration module already exists in the Project Files folder.
  1. Click the Module Selector Project Admin .

  2. Click the Services tab.

  3. Select Model Coordination from the left panel.

  4. Click Create.

  5. Enter a name for the coordination space.

  6. Use the toggle to specify whether automatic clash is turned on or off for the coordination space.

    Important: This setting can't be changed later.
  7. Browse to select the designated folder for your coordination space.

    The coordination space will include models from the selected folder and its subfolders. The folder structure is not replicated in the coordination space. All the models will be listed alphabetically in a single, flat repository structure.

  8. Click Create.

  9. Repeat this process to create more coordination spaces as needed.

    You can create multiple coordination spaces to represent separate areas or phases of a project, or different trades or teams, for example teams set up in Design Collaboration.

    There is no limit on the total number of coordination spaces that you can create, but you can only configure them against 150 unique folders.

    Tip: Coordination spaces can also be created on the Design Collaboration administration page, using the Shared or team folders created during setup.
    Note: You can have a maximum of 20 active coordination spaces at one time. Any coordination spaces that are inactive for 60 days or more are deactivated until a new model is uploaded. You may have different versions of clash on coordination spaces in your project. See Coordination Space Versions for details.

Deactivate Coordination Spaces

  1. Click the Module Selector Project Admin .

  2. Click the Services tab.

  3. Select Model Coordination from the left panel.

  4. Click Deactivate on the relevant coordination space.

  5. Click Deactivate.

Note: To activate a previously deactivated coordination space, click Activate on the relevant coordination space.

Upload Models for Coordination

A project administrator should check that any project members that need to upload models for coordination have the correct permissions to view and upload models to the designated coordination folder in Document Management. Project members can then upload the models to the coordination folder to check for clashes.

  1. Click the Module Selector Document Management .

  2. Click the Folders tab.

  3. Navigate to the coordination space folder.

  4. Upload or copy the models to the folder.

    Note: Only 3D RVT and DWG files, NWC files exported from Revit and AutoCAD verticals, and IFC files exported from AutoCAD (architecture, MEP, and Civil 3D 2018 and onwards), ARCHICAD, Revit, MagiCAD for Revit, Siemens NX, Strakon, Tekla Structures, and VectorWorks are currently supported for coordination and clash detection. Other NWC files, other IFC files, and VUE files are supported for aggregation and can be viewed in combination with other supported file formats, but don't support clash detection. Any other file types that are supported for upload to Document Management will not be displayed in Model Coordination.

    For coordination spaces with clash detection turned on, clashes between models in the selected folder are automatically detected and can be viewed in Model Coordination. See View and Filter Clashes.