Create iModel from iTwin Synchronizer

iTwin Synchronizer Client enables you to synchronize design changes from your desktop design tool with an iTwin in the cloud. Both Bentley, as well as non-Bentley products, can successfully utilize this service.


To be able to synchronize data to the iModelHub you will need to install the iTwin Synchronizer Client application on your machine. You must be added to a ProjectWise Project, by the Project Administrator or Team Coordinator who has access to "Product Settings Service > Manage Settings" in the CONNECT portal. There should be iModel(s) created in the iModelHub and Synchronizations created by the team coordinator, for your project to which you can push your changes.

To be a Team Coordinator you must have the "Product Settings Service > Manage Settings" enabled in the CONNECT portal for your profile. Your organization's IMS (Identity Management Service) administrator can grant you this permission. You must also have access to iModelHub.

The following RBAC permissions are required for a user to synchronize Design and Reality Modeling data:

You can read more on RBAC roles here.


Creating an iModel

  1. Open the Administration module at the bottom left, then select iModel importer and create a New iModel.
  2. Next, enter a Name for the iModel and select Create

Setting up a Connection

Once the above prerequisites are set you can start synchronizing your changes as needed.

  1. Start iTwin Synchronizer.
  2. Select the desired Project from the Project Name drop-down at the top of the dialog.
  3. Select the New button. The New synchronization page opens.

  4. Specify a name for the synchronization, and select an iModel to which the synchronization will be mapped.
  5. Browse to the location containing files to be synchronized. You can select multiple folders in a directory.
  6. Add files to the Synchronization from the selected directory using the Add   button . The list of files selected is displayed under Files.
  7. Select a file that defines the Geographic Coordinate System using the corresponding radio button   . You can remove a file using the Un-map   icon. 
  8. Click Next. iTwin Synchronizer will check for required connectors and enable them.

  9. Click Save. The newly created Synchronization is listed along with information about the iModel and the files associated with it.

  10. A new connection is created. You can now Synchronize using the  buttons on the right.

  11. Select the Create Named Version box and enter a Name for the version.
  12. Next, select the Synchronize button.

  13. Once the synchronization is complete select Go to iModel.

  14. From the iModel Manager page select View to access your iModel. 

  15. (Optional) Go to your Control Project and select the Administration option, then iModel importer to access the iModel.