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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs Now Available Commercially

 
February 4th, 2016 by Susan Smith

The construction industry is driven by documentation in the form of submittals, contracts, record sets, and RFIs. While this is still a priority, the design teams are adopting BIM, and there needs to be a way to consolidate all the information coming from various stakeholders on the project.

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walkthroughs.

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walkthroughs.

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs web service was just made available as a commercial product. Designed for the entire construction project team, BIM 360 Docs ensures that the entire team works from the correct version of documents and plans. Addressing the entire AEC lifecycle, BIM 360 Docs includes tools for publishing, managing, reviewing, editing and approving all project plans, models and documents from the beginning stages of the project all the way through owner occupancy. The cloud-based service is available on all devices or desktop, so that it is a complete collaborative tool.

Quickly navigate between 2D plans and 3D models on any device, without having to close the viewer.

Quickly navigate between 2D plans and 3D models on any device, without having to close the viewer.

Unlike typical document management platforms available on the market, which are generally in the form of document management platforms, AEC drawing viewers or model viewers, and project management apps, BIM 360 Docs goes beyond the focus on specific people or goals to putting the project at the center of the technology instead. The single cloud-based repository holds all project documents, models and plans for the entire project team.

BIM 360 Docs makes BIM more relevant and accessible to all project stakeholders, and all project users want to know about design and fabrication details. The design of the building and layout of the site drive cost, scheduling, code approval, quality planning, safety planning, etc. An integrated system that can view documents and models with access and version control is best.

Ensure that the entire project team is working with the correct documents with version control and online/offline access on mobile devices.

Ensure that the entire project team is working with the correct documents with version control and online/offline access on mobile devices.

Another way BIM 360 Docs is different is that it supports both 2D and 3D processes and in so doing, utilizes the efficiencies and analytic capabilities of BIM to more construction workflows, while keeping a centralized system of record for all the construction documentation. The traditional way of managing construction documents makes the construction project owners responsible for aggregating information, extracting insights and routing information to the customer, as well as controlling versions. Many areas of communication have broken down and cost companies time and money on projects with this process.

Create and share markups for collaborative design reviews with the team.

Create and share markups for collaborative design reviews with the team.

Commercial Availability and Pricing

Users will be granted access to a limited time trail of BIM 360 Docs that includes all available features.

It will be offered in both free and paid pricing tiers, with additive functionality across the tiers. Pricing for the paid tier is $249 per month, per project.

Both the paid and free tiers of Autodesk BIM 360 Docs provide access for unlimited users and unlimited storage for each project covered under the subscription. A 60-day trial version of the paid tier of BIM 360 Docs will be offered for use on a single project. www.bim360.com/docs

View 2D PDF drawings with optimized zoom capabilities to quickly review details.

View 2D PDF drawings with optimized zoom capabilities to quickly review details.

The free version of Autodesk BIM 360 Docs includes:

  • Support for a single project
  • Cloud-based document management for PDFs and project drawing and model file formats
  • Large model viewer for 2D sheet and 3D model viewing on the Web, tablet or phone
  • 2D markups, including a markup thumbnail view to control visibility of markups
  • Extraction of 2D sheets from 3D models
  • Separation of multi-page PDFs
  • Title block extraction via OCR for automated naming and organization of sheets and models
  • iOS apps for tablets & phones, including offline access and sync
  • Thumbnail and list views
  • Ability to add custom properties and attributes to folders and files
  • Project-level access control by role, company or user

The paid tier of Autodesk BIM 360 Docs includes all features in the free tier, plus:

  • Ability to add additional projects (priced per project on a monthly basis)
  • Cloud-based document management for all project files and file formats
  • Folder-level access control by role, company or user

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