BIM 360 is a complete set of five solutions for field management and virtual construction that provide organizations with improved design insight and project predictability. The solutions are built to assist construction teams from project pre-construction through to execution, helping general contractors, construction managers, project managers, superintendents, subcontractors, architects, engineers and owners.
BIM 360 Docs was built specifically for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals to publish, manage, review and approve all project documents in the cloud. Project teams can stay up-to-date on 2D plans and 3D models, create design markups, and extract document sets from design files.
BIM 360 Glue helps users perform multi-disciplinary collaboration and streamlines BIM project workflows. Users can review projects and resolve coordination issues by directly loading models into Navisworks for 4D animated timelines, model-based quantification, and more. BIM 360 Layout enables vertical construction contracts to connect the coordinated model to the field layout process, improving accuracy of building components.
With BIM 360 Plan, users can create work sequences and track roadblocks that can potentially disrupt production. Project stakeholders can add edits to work plans, and sync data between the cloud and their iPad to keep up with the latest updates. Users can monitor field performance and create pushpin markers to communicate location, status and issue descriptions.
Being able to load and download different types of modeling content file types such as .dwg, .ifc, .nwd, and even .rvt. Merging models was extremely straight forward and useful as well.
How easily I am able to add, merge, and store models. Also, it is pretty easy to add members to a model along with understanding what the different membership levels allow.
The cutting planes can be really far from the navigation screen which makes it hard & confusing to use. It would useful to be able to alter the nearness & farness of the culling plane such as in Navisworks Manage. I understand that creating too large of an "area" to be viewed/understood by the program bogs down the model, which is trying to be avoided with GLUE in general. However, the near culling plane is sometimes just not cutting it (haha, I hope you enjoyed my pun). Also, people using GLUE specifically cannot create section planes or viewpoints in the iPad model, which makes the model hard for those using it out in the field that wish to save viewpoints or cut into a section of the building. Also in GLUE, it is nice to be able to lock measurements in the x, y, or z axis, but there is no shortcut to exit this mode and to go back to measuring in a 3-dimensional direction. The only way I have found it possible to get out of the dimension lock is by exiting the model & re-entering. GLUE is a great software honestly, but were pushing for the model to be a lot more user friendly & give trade engineers confidence to turn to the model to answer coordination questions easily. If the program becomes to hard to use or makes the model seem unreliable, then we have an issue. So far, a lot of people love the program, but going back and forth between Navisworks and GLUE, I notice some features in Navisworks Manage that the team would love to use.
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It is great to track your punchlist and rolling completion issues. We did not use it for commissioning, but I would have liked to try it so we could link it to our 360 Glue Revit models. This looks like a very helpful option.
1). In the field, the iPad app is very easy to use, with the exceptions of a few small things.
2). It is especially easy for contractors to walk their Issues, take pictures, make comments, etc.
3). The print reports and schedule reports module is really helpful. There are many different report types and layout options, which is repeatedly useful.
4). It is easy to see any pertinent info in Issue list view, and print quickly from that page.
5). Customizing the different types of drop down Issue Filters for different users is very handy, and necessary. And it is very easy to sort and search for Issues using the filter module in Issue List view.
6). After I figured out how to contact tech support, it was certain that I would get a diligent response. I would say response time was always within 24 hours, unless I said it was urgent, and very through.
Here are common Problems our large team and I run into often:
1). The website commonly has a huge latency when loading new pages. And I mean typically 3-10 seconds, and occasionally 10-20 seconds to load a page.
2). More often than I would like, the Issue List column sorting feature at the top of each column on the website version just will not work.
3). Pinning an issue from the website version is not very intuitive, and takes you a completely different pathway to find the maps. This should be something that is easy to get to from the window of an open issue, just like the iPad app version.
4). Sometimes the syncing function has an error and you need to re-sync.
5). Not frequently, but few times more than I would have liked, the site would just not let people do things like change statuses, or on a couple of occasions even just open the site.
6). After walking in the field adding issues for a while, the iPad app will stop letting you load photos. You have to close and restart the app and you're good to go again.
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Looking for better controls within the clash tools, better alignment with how Navisworks Manage handles clash tests. Tolerances, are not as good, as well the general navigation of clash results is slower than Navisworks.
I do like the product, in general try and implement on all my larger projects - it is a great tool for a VDC manager! However construction teams are using Navisworks instead of the Glue tools for clash detection coordination. It would be more collaborative if the clash tests were hosted\tracked on the 360 Glue site - at this time its much too time consuming to track and manege the clashing on Glue site. The cloud hosted models however do make it better even in Navisworks to ensure your using the latest modeling.
Another feature that I would really like to see is a managed folder structure (As administrator) I would like to have the capacity to create folders that only certain users could access (Like a client area only) this would allow me to publish modeling (Clash free) to my clients folder - they could then review the finished product.
Saves time in downloading and uploading - creates better collaboration by having a format all team members can review - without specialized software.
For construction trades to fully embrace the clash tools need to be more powerful, and "Navisworks Like".
More control for owner, or client access of finished product - it generally does not translate well in review of an ongoing clash coordination model (problems may be evident and misunderstood by some clients).
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Experience is good with BIM360 if you use the total cycle of BIM360. Great workflow for design partners (A/C/MEP).
I'm a General Contractor and also have to deal with subcontractors, suppliers and partners. they deliver other formats such as IFC files. that¿s lacking in BIM360 and Navisworks right now. there is no good workflow to engage the partners to the platform.
Even so is Issue Management missing. in Design stage it is difficult to track an Issue.
then we miss the integration with planning/scheduling software there is no development on:
the same with:
Quantity Take Off
BIM Model check on standards / BIM execution plan
Rule based checking in the model for example: clash on: swing of the door hits anything in his way.
integration with planning /scheduling to make 4D still images and animations.
there is one in Navisworks I know but it would be great to have that integration with:
Revit model + Partner Models -> Glue -> planning connection with geometrie -> make animations or images/bookwork for realisation stage.
Then data -> cross project data pull out for Quality / Safety advisors and board.
visualisation of that data
And the biggest miss is one single platform login. now its scatered all around single point solutions.
Still waiting for BIM360 Docs to be more mature. Our current document management system is still better than Docs so I can¿t start implementation of BIM360 Docs if there are some key functionality missing right now.
I'm sorry for the critical notes I made above but I think it's good to be critical and hopefully you can get the benefits of it.
And as you might know we love BIM360 and are heavily using it on our projects!
keep up the good work and great vision for the future of BIM360!
Greetings, Gert-Jan Ditsel - Dura Vermeer
Design stage integration and workflow
Revit -> Glue -> Navisworks (clash +Model Coordination) -> Field
no single sign on, no mature Document management
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I've used BIM-360 as part of the BIM coordination process on 2 separate projects. The idea is that you store your CAD files in the cloud, and the BIM administrator for the project creates composite ("merged") models, combining all of the trade models. These merged models are stored in the cloud and are accessible from computers and ipads. The ability to view current and updated models on an ipad in the field is really the main benefit to using BIM 360, in my opinion.
Having said that, the only way that particular feature (and all of the others, for that matter) works properly, is if the project BIM manager does all of the necessary "housekeeping" so that you have good model hygiene - like using proper model origin and orientations, eliminating "space junk" from the model files. If you have any of those things, the default model view is zoomed way out, and makes it almost impossible to zoom into the model. Every time you hit the "top view" or "home view" buttons, it resets back to being zoomed way out. The BIM 360 model viewer actually works better on the ipad that it's PC application.
Other features that leave a bit to be desired are:
*Navigating the model (PC app). Saving and recalling viewpoints, and running clash detection. Navisworks Manage is far superior in all of those areas.
*If you use BIM 360 to view your model, as opposed to using Navisworks or Revit, you have to upload your CAD file every time you want to see a model update. The upload takes some time and becomes somewhat tedious. There is BIM 360 plugin for Navis Manage that allows you to log into the BIM 360 server through Navis, and view any of the merged models that have been created. So you're essentially using Navis to navigate, take viewpoints, make annotations, run clashes. But you still have to upload your own CAD file to the cloud if you want to see the changes take place in current Navis session. You can save a local copy of the model as an NWD file.
*Navigating the file/folder structure is tedious. When you download a file (another trade's CAD, for example) from Bim 360, it NEVER remembers the previous save location. Very annoying.
FINAL THOUGHTS: We scrapped BIM 360 and use only Navis and Dropbox for coordination currently. If our foremen could view an accurate and current model on an ipad in the field the product would be worth consideration. Proper BIM management makes all the difference. There are glitches, and a learning curve.
The ability for the field to call up the model on an ipad.
Everything else is inferior to currently existing market products.
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Below are some frequently asked questions for BIM 360.
BIM 360 offers the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $29/month
Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription
Free Trial: Available
BIM 360 Docs plans:
- $29 per user, per month
BIM 360 Docs is available in both free and paid pricing tiers.
Contact Autodesk for further pricing details.
BIM 360 offers the following features:
BIM 360 has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business
BIM 360 supports the following languages:
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BIM 360 supports the following devices:
Android, iPhone, iPad
BIM 360 integrates with the following applications:
Box, Oracle Field Service Cloud, Salesforce Sales Cloud, SharePoint, Splunk Cloud, Tableau Software
BIM 360 offers the following support options:
Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials