By Nick Harris
This month there has been quite a few interesting updates across the BIM360 modules.
Starting with BIM360 Docs Autodesk has completely updated the 2D drawing and 3D model compare tools. These tools are available for 2D PDF and 2D and 3D RVT, DWG and DWF files managed in both “Plans” and “Project Files” folders (previously, the compare functionality was limited to “Plans” folders). You can now compare 2 versions of the same drawing or model or two different drawings (for comparing two different disciplines, for example).
2D PDF Drawings – When you compare 2D PDF drawings, the differences between the two drawings are now highlighted in colour (red / blue). We also provide the ability to view the differences using a “slider” tool.
2D PDF – Version Compare
The compare tool experience for 2D DWG and 2D DWF drawings is similar to the PDF experience, with the addition of colour in the slider mode.
2D Compare – DWG
2D RVT Drawings – for 2D drawings extracted from a Revit model, the 2D version compare experience now provides object-level information on what has been added (green), removed (red) and modified (yellow). You can view the differences in either overlay or side-by-side mode.
3D Revit Models: Prior to this release, you could access the model version compare tool from the viewer “history” panel. In response to customer feedback, we have moved this to the viewer toolbar for easier access and consistency across the 2D and 3D compare user experience.
Add hyperlinks between drawings and documents in different folders.
Now you can add a manual hyperlink from a published 2D drawing (in a “Plans” folder) to drawings or documents managed in any other “Plans” or “Project Files” folder (including specifications, photos and other files).
Autodesk has also launched a design collaboration module. BIM 360 Design Collaboration allows controlled cloud worksharing in multi-discipline projects including milestone tracking and deliverable coordination. Here’s an overview of the main features and functionality:
- Quickly set up teams by user, role or company.
- Easily define data workspaces i.e. a separate workspace for internal design development and a shared folder for data that other teams can reference and use.
- Use more granular file and folder-based permissions and access controls, if desired.
- Enable multiple users to co-author Revit models with Revit cloud worksharing.
- Extend worksharing to project teams in any location, while centralising efforts of distributed teams.
- Manage 2D sheets and 3D models in a central repository.
- Better allocate resources and assign the best team members with the most relevant skill sets to each project.
- Control and manage Work-in-Progress data exchange so that only reviewed information is shared with other teams.
- Allow the entire project team to take part in the BIM process.
Deliverable Coordination & Milestone Tracking
- Track project progress in a shared project timeline.
- Easily understand the current state of the project model in an aggregated view.
- Exchange curated packages containing Revit sets & project models between teams.
- Reduce rework with trackable activity recorded for all teams.
- Enable transparency and ensure accountability for deadlines and milestones.