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Testing Your Installation

After you've completed your installation of the Building Modeling Environment components, please follow these steps to verify it:

Send us your Autodesk ID

  • Please send a message with your Autodesk ID (the email that you used to sign up at Autodesk) to Renate and Flavia.  We'll need this ID to invite you to join two cloud services -- BIM 360 and the Team Stanford Revit A360 collaboration site (http://stanfordrevit.autodesk360.com) -- in order to complete tests 4 and 5 below.
    If you haven't received these invitations, please URGENTLY email Renate and Flavia to resend the invitations to you.

  • Please accept both of these invitations by clicking the Accept link the email messages that you receive, then send an email message to Renate and Flavia confirming that you've accepted these invitations and completed this step.

Download the Global AEC Install Testing Folder

  • Flavia will send you an email message link to download a folder containing the files needed for completing these tests.  If you haven't received or cannot find this message with the link, please notify Flavia, so she can resend the link.

  • Click this link to login and download the Global AEC Install Testing folder.

Test 1 - Create a new Revit Project using the Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, or Construction template (according to your discipline)

  • Open the Revit 2018 application.
  • On the Revit home page, click the link that creates a new Revit project using the template that matches your discipline:
    • Architectural Template
    • Structural Template
    • Mechanical Template
    • Construction Template
  • If a new project file is created with no error messages, you have the Revit content libraries installed on your computer.  If you receive an error message or a dialog asking you to locate the template files, the Revit content libraries are not installed at the expected location.  If this happens:
    • Try uninstalling and reinstalling the Revit 2018 application.  Be certain that the Revit Content Libraries are checked and selected for installation as per guidelines.
    • If that doesn't work, please contact Renate and Flavia for guidance.

  • Once you've created the new project file, switch to the Insert tab and open the Load Family tool.  This should take you to the Revit content library.
    • You should see a list of folders including Annotations, Boundary Conditions, Casework, and so on.
    • If you do not see this list of folders, the Revit content libraries are not installed properly.    If this happens:
      • Try uninstalling and reinstalling the Revit 2018 application.  Be certain that the Revit Content Libraries are checked and selected for installation as per guidelines.
      • If that doesn't work, please contact Renate and Flavia for guidance.

  • Navigate to the Furniture/Seating folder in your content library and load a chair family into your project (the specific families included in the Revit Library vary with each of the language versions, so choose any chair family that is available in your library).
  • Place an instance of the new chair component the Revit drawing area.
  • Switch to the Architecture tab and open the Model Text tool, then place a text object displaying your name in the drawing area next to the chair component.
  • Save a screen shot of the drawing area window showing the chair component and your model text, then send it to Flavia.

 

 Test 2 - Open a Revit Model

  1. Open the Revit 2018 application.

  2. Open the Revit application menu and choose Open>Project, then navigate to the folder containing the testing files:
    yourFilePath\Global_AEC_Install_Testing\Test 2 - Open this Revit Model.

  3. Open this Revit model file:  Test2-LabBuilding.rvt

  4. Open the 3D View: Interior - Test 2 Confirm
    Look for a message to confirm your success.

  5. Save a screen shot of this view to send to the course teaching assistant.

 


 

 Test 3 - Open and Link Revit Models

  1. Open the Revit 2018 application.

  2. Open the Revit application menu and choose Open>Project, then navigate to the folder containing the testing files:
    yourFilePath\Global_AEC_Install_Testing\Test 3 - Link these Revit Models

  3. Open this Revit model file:  MixedUse-Architectural.rvt
    In this model, you can edit any of the architectural elements in the main model. You can also view (but not edit) the structural elements in the linked model.

  4. Close the MixedUse-Architectural project.

  5. Open this Revit model file:  MixedUse-Structural.rvt

  6. Link the architectural model to this structural model:

    1. Switch to the Insert tab in the ribbon near the top of the Revit window and open the Link Revit tool.
    2. Navigate to the Test 3 - Link these Revit Models folder.
    3. Select the MixedUse-Architectural project file.
    4. Choose the Auto - Origin to Origin positioning option.
    5. Click Open.

    If the linked files are not aligned properly, you may have selected another positioning option.  If this has happened, you can remove the current link:

    1. Switch to the Manage tab in the ribbon and open the Manage Links tool.
    2. Select the MixedUse-Architectural project file from the list of links.
    3. Click the Remove button.

    Then, relink the architectural model using the Auto - Origin to Origin option.

  7. Open the 3D View: View 1 - Architectural.
    In this view, you can edit any of the structural elements in the main model. You can also see (but not edit) the architectural elements in the linked model.

  8. Open the Level 3 - Architectural floor plan view.
    Look for a message to confirm your success.
  9. Save a screen shot of this view to send to the course teaching assistant.

 


 

Test 4 - Glue and Merge Revit Models

Step 4.1:  Use the Autodesk Desktop App to verify that the latest updates to Revit are installed

  1. Open the Autodesk Desktop App from the Autodesk folder in your Start menu.

  2. Click the Revit icon in the left column, then check for and install any available updates.

  3. If BIM 360 Glue Add-In for Revit appears in the list of updates, you must install it before proceeding.

  4. Wait as the Autodesk Desktop App installs all the required updates.

Step 4.2:  Open the Revit 2018 application and glue several models to the BIM 360 Glue cloud service

  1. Open the Revit 2018 application.

  2. Open the Revit application menu and choose Open>Project, then navigate to the folder containing the testing files:
    yourFilePath\Global_AEC_Install_Testing\Test 4 - Glue and Merge these Revit Models.

  3. Open this Revit model file:  Mixed Use-Architectural.rvt

  4. Open the default 3D View:  {3D}.

  5. Switch to the Add-Ins tab and open the Glue tool in the BIM 360 palette.

  6. Select the host:  Stanford_globalaec_glue, then click Next.

  7. Select the project: Global AEC Testing 2018.

  8. Scroll down thru the list of views and select the default 3D View: {3D}, then click Next.

  9. In the Review and Confirm dialog:

    1. Change the name to "Architectural" followed by your initials (to make the model name unique).
    2. Click the + Add to Folder button.
    3. Select the Models line in the Add to Folder dialog.
    4. Click the + Folder Icon button, and enter a name for your new folder -- user your first and last name -- then click Select.
    5. Click the Glue It button.
    6. If an Update Model dialog opens asking whether you would like to update this model with the new version or save it as a new model, click the Save new button.

  10. Wait as your architectural model is uploaded to BIM 360 Glue in the cloud.

  11. Close the MixedUse-Architectural project.

  12. Open this Revit model file:  MixedUse-Structural.rvt.

  13. Repeat similar steps to Glue this structural model to the same project.  

    1. Click the Add Views button at the top of the Select Views dialog.
    2. Select the default 3D view: {3D}.
    3. Change the name of this model to Structural followed by your initials (to make the model name unique).
    4. In this case, you won't need to create a new folder.  Use the folder with your name that you created in Step 9.
    5. Click the Glue It button.
    6. If an Update Model dialog opens asking whether you would like to update this model with the new version or save it as a new model, click the Save new button.
    7. Wait as your structural model is uploaded to BIM 360 Glue in the cloud.

  14. Close the MixedUse-Structural project.

  15. Open this Revit model file:  MixedUse-MEP.rvt.

  16. Repeat similar steps to Glue this MEP model to the same project.

    1. Click the Add Views button at the top of the Select Views dialog.
    2. Select the default 3D view: {3D}.
    3. Change the name of this model to MEP followed by your initials (to make the model name unique)..
    4. Use the folder with your name that you created in Step 9.
    5. Click the Glue It button.
    6. If an Update Model dialog opens asking whether you would like to update this model with the new version or save it as a new model, click the Save new button.
    7. Wait as your MEP model is uploaded to BIM 360 Glue in the cloud.

  17. Close the MixedUse-MEP project.

Step 4.3: Merge the Glued models in the BIM 360 Glue application

  1. Switch to Windows, and open the BIM 360 Glue application by double-clicking the icon on your desktop.  

    If you do not see the BIM 360 Glue icon, open your web browser and go to the address:  b4.autodesk.com/desktop.  This will download and install the BIM 360 Glue application on your computer.

  2. Login to the BIM 360 Glue application using your Autodesk ID, and open the Global AEC Testing 2018 project.

  3. Click the + Add Merged Model button at the top of the Merged Models list on the BIM 360 project dashboard.

  4. Open the folder with your name from the folder hierarchy at the left side of the Create New Merged Model window.

  5. Turn on the checkboxes under the Architectural, Structural, and MEP models in your folder.

  6. Enter a descriptive name for your merged model -- for example: Jane Student - Arch, Stru, and MEP , then click the Merge models button.  Be sure to include your first and last name in the name of the merged model, so you'll be able to easily identify your merged model in the list of all merged models.

  7. Your merged model will open in the BIM 360 Glue application window.  

  8. Click the Clashes tool in the palette at the left side of the Glue window.

  9. Click the New button.

  10. Select the Architectural model in the Compare (left-side) column, then select the Structural model in the To (right-side) column.

  11. Enter a Name for this clash test -- for example:  Jane Student -- Architecture vs Structural, and then click the Find Clashes button.  

    The clash report window will open in the Glue application.

  12. Save a screen shot of this view and send a message to the course teaching assistant indicating that you've completed this test.

 


 

Test 5 - Open and Edit a Workshared A360 Model

Note:  To complete this test, you must:

  • Send Renate and Flavia your Autodesk ID to get invited to the A360 team project.
  • Accept an email invitation to join the Team Stanford Revit A360 project.

Step 5.1:  Open the Team A360 Site and Accept Your Invitation to Join the Global AEC Testing v2018 Project

  1. Click the Access Project link in the email invitation or use your web browser to navigate to stanfordrevit.autodesk360.com and login with your Autodesk ID.

  2. Click the red bell notificaiton icon at the upper left of the A360 window to see your list of pending invitations.

  3. Click the Accept button to join the Global AEC Testing v2018 project.

Step 5.2: Confirm that You can Access the Workshared A360 model

  1. Open the Revit 2018 application.

  2. Open the Revit application menu and choose Open>Project, then choose BIM 360 from the list of Places at the left side of the Open dialog.
    If BIM 360 doesn't appear in your list of Places or if Global AEC Testing v2018 doesn't appear in the list of projects, please email Flavia to get added to the A360 Collaboration system.

  3. Send a screen shot to the course teaching assistant showing the File Open dialog with the Global AEC Testing v2018 folder visible in it.

  4. Wait for a message from the course teaching assistant to sign up for a slot when you can complete Step 5.3 together as a group.

 


 

Step 5.3:  Add your name to the Workshared A360 model (to be completed with the course teaching assistant)

  1. Double-click the Global AEC Testing v2018 project folder to open it.

  2. Select the file Arch_Model v2018.rvt and click the Open button.

  3. Switch to the Architecture tab in the ribbon and open the Model Text tool.

  4. Add a text object containing your first and last name at the Level 3 floor level.

  5. Switch to the Collaborate tab and click the Synchronize with Central tool.  

  6. Accept the default options, and click the Synchronize button.

 

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