BIM 360 Glue: Setting Up Your Project Origin and Creating Background Models and Files for Use


Steps Involved:

STEP 1: Set up shared coordinates system based on civil survey file in Revit and move and rotate Revit models to correctly locate them on site. (See BIM 360 Glue Shared Coordinate Process)  

STEP 2: Upload native Revit files with shared coordinate data to BIM 360 Glue - mark date and corresponding contract drawing set they reflect to.

STEP 3: Convert 2D floor and ceiling plans and 3D model view in Revit to AutoCAD dwg files with shared coordinate data. 

STEP 4: Open the files in AutoCAD to confirm coordinates system has been shared. 

Upload them to BIM 360 Glue under (2D and 3D AutoCAD Backgrounds) - mark date and corresponding contract drawing set they reflect to.

STEP 5: Set up trade-specific 3D views in Revit and separate them by building and levels for coordination in BIM 360 Glue

STEP 6: Glue 3D views using BIM 360 Glue add-in for Revit under “Swinerton and Design Team Models” folder.


Why this step is important:

1. Using a common set of coordinate system will eliminate alignment issues when subcontractors and SB models are merged.

2. Subcontractors with Revit software can use as a reference in drafting their own models

3. Background files for subcontractors to draft in shared coordinate system

4. Allow ease of use on BIM 360 Glue iPad and web version in turning on/off trade views.


1. Verify all Revit, 2D and 3D AutoCAD dwg files contains the share coordinate data correctly by comparing against with the real world coordinate data from civil survey file and/or survey station.


1. Don’t distribute Revit and AutoCAD files to subcontractors without establishing shared coordinate system first.