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Collaboration

One of the major advantages of a web-based simulation platform is the ability for project sharing and live collaboration. Close team collaboration and the sharing of results and insights is important to realize the value simulation brings to the engineering design process. Currently, SimScale offers collaboration with different options to share projects with other users, within or outside an organization, and also with the SimScale Support team. Find out more below.

Project Sharing

The Share functionality can be accessed from the project overview page:

project sharing from the individual project page for collaboration in simscale
Figure 1: A project can be shared from the individual project page.

Or directly from within the workbench:

sharing project with support from workbench
Animation1: Share your project from within the SimScale Workbench

In the share dialog box, you can either provide a user’s email address or the SimScale username to share the project with a specific user. When sharing a project, the user granted with access permissions will receive an email from SimScale with a link to the shared project.

Public v/s Private

Public projects can be seen and copied by everyone. On the other hand, private projects are only visible to users who created them. That means if it’s your project then only you can view it and nobody else.

With the community plan, you can only create public projects.

Sharing Permissions

While sharing the project you can also control the level of access permissions as follows:

  • Can view: Allows a user to open and view the project, including all its settings and results. Copying the project or making changes to the project is not possible.
  • Can copy: In addition to the permissions included under “Can view”, it allows a user can create a copy of the project. (Default)
  • Can edit: In addition to the permissions included under “Can copy”, making changes to the shared instance of the project is supported as well (only available to users with the Professional plan). Find out more.

Note

Please note that whenever the recipient creates a copy of your project, the copy will be a snapshot of your project at the time of copying and won’t see any changes of the project that have been saved afterwards. The end user can make subsequent copies for any new changes to be reflected in the original project.

Share Project With Support

In case you need help with your project from the SimScale support team you can ask for support via the integrated chat. Your SimScale support engineer might ask you to share your project with them, which you can do by ticking the Share with support option in the share dialog or by ticking the same option at the bottom of the chat window.

share project with simscale in the chat window for collaboration
Figure 2: Share project with the SimScale Support from the chat window by ticking the box. Someone from the team should be available to you within minutes.

When sharing your project with support, “Can edit” permissions will be granted, which allows the SimScale support team to edit and copy your project. Any copy of your project created by SimScale will always be kept private.

Last updated: December 30th, 2020

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