What is Autodesk BIM 360?
Although there are many construction apps out there that are designed to address target issues, the problem is the language barrier between platforms. When you transfer data between two software products, something gets lost in the translation. This is among the major issues that Autodesk BIM 360 hopes to address as it is billed as an all-in-one design-to-construction solution, which eliminates the need to install so many apps on your computer.
Machine learning has already been used in the construction industry for quite some time now. However, not all contractors are still using the technology to their full advantage. Although machine learning has often been interchanged with artificial intelligence, there are actually marked differences. One glaring difference is the fact that AI is used to efficiently replace the tasks typically reserved for humans while machine learning is the capacity of the technology to learn automatically from the data for a better outcome.
The machine learning capability of this platform has been used for data filtering, safety monitoring, and risk mitigation. You can now predict the potential problems even before they happen, identify the subcontractors that are not very efficient based on the historical trend of their performance, and also spot the highest safety risks in a particular job site.
A standard construction project will require countless requests for information, different changes in orders, as well as other open issues that can slow down the pace. With the Autodesk BIM 360, you have a smart assistant that can analyze and dissect the data into actionable insights. How would you like to know the top 5 crucial things in your project that need immediate attention right now? How would you like to know the most important safety gear you need right now? How would you like to know who among your subcontractors needed to be let go first due to low performance?
Autodesk BIM 360 can get you those answers. It’s fully compatible with the line of products of the Autodesk, including Revit/CAD during the design process, or Navis/BIM 360 during the construction phase.
There are many benefits to using this platform instead of installing so many different software products in your terminal.
Centralizing your data will give you full control over the integrity of the information and the accuracy of the records. All your team members also have access to the same set of data as everyone else. This eliminates the need to ask somebody else to verify some facts and figures when the tally doesn’t add up. The data remains the same across all the project phases. For project managers, it’s also easier to make decisions based on the real-time data.
The construction industry is extremely fragmented. In a single construction project, for instance, there are a lot of moving parts where different contractors and sub-contractors work on specialized tasks. To lessen spillage and wasted time, they need to be able to move in concert until the completion of the build. The interoperability capability of this software will bridge the wide gap between sections.
Integrity of Information
Total control means accuracy is conserved as the information is passed on from one section to the next across different lifespans of the design, pre-construction, and construction phase. You risk losing data due to file incompatibility if you use multiple apps for your project. Meanwhile, if you resort to manual operations, you are risking errors and oversights because people are inherently fallible. The data platform of Autodesk BIM 360 will automate this process and make sure you are in full control of the flow of information as it moves from one phase to the next.
Easier Flow of Information
It’s not an exaggeration to say that file sharing is a full-time job in the construction industry. However, this platform makes it easier to distribute and access information, which means teams can move faster. The data is stored in the cloud and can be accessed through both smartphones or mobile devices, as well as your standard desktop terminal. Team members no longer have to ask their supervisors for an updated data regarding the project. You cut the amount of time that a file is shared so all the teams can focus on their tasks.
Ultimately, project managers and even the supervisors on the ground are able to come up with better solutions due to an improved and informed decision-making process. Centralizing all the data in a single repository in a platform equipped with machine-learning will help you go directly to the information that you need. You don’t have to pore over voluminous documents and drawings for the right data. You can analyze the patterns, interrelationships, and the trends to allow you to extrapolate actionable data points and lessen risks at the same time.
- Easily manage and store different models
- The mobile app is very easy to use
- Print and report modules are extremely helpful
- Friendly GUI
- Syncing problems
- Latency in loading pages
- No single sign on
- No mature document capability
Using the mobile app, contractors can take photos of the project site and upload them into the system for review and approval by the project manager. Contractors can also make real-time comments and requests without necessarily calling for a team meeting for approval. This ensures no unnecessary delay in the project implementation. You also have to run clashes, most likely daily, every time the merged model is updated.
One of the most common complaints about this product is that it’s great as a general tool to manage a project from the design to the construction phase. However, there are issues when you use this product for a specific task.
Using this platform, you can view, edit, make comments, and approve the markups during the design review. You can upload the markups on the cloud for easy access by all the authorized team members.
Construction Safety Risks
The platform gives you an extra eye to spot the blind spots in terms of construction safety. While your project managers and supervisors are tasked to ensure the safety of the construction project for areas that they can see, the Autodesk BIM 360 will crawl through the data and spot the risks that you can’t see. Using this product, you can also hand over a comprehensive safety checklist down the line.
You can choose from the different Revit sets to be uploaded to the cloud during the design phase. You can also curate the multiple packages before being shared with the other members of the team. Prior to file sharing, you can first scrutinize the different models and deliverables to determine the impact on your current project. Any changes can be implemented quickly and without problems.
By automating your workflow, you can now ensure the highest standards for each of your projects through proactive quality management. Automating the process will also ensure that you don’t have to waste more time on redoing a task because of oversight. This usually happens when your system still relies on people for doing most of the mundane tasks. You can easily print out checklists to be handed over to the team. You can assign and reassign work with a few clicks.
In a fast-paced industry, a little delay in the decision-making process can have devastating results. You need a platform that can help you spot the issues at the job site and in the process quickly and accurately. You can ensure more accountability from contractors and subcontractors because you will be able to track their progress. You will know which tasks remain pending and who among your contractors are not doing their jobs properly.
The automatic clash detection functionality will lessen the number of times you encounter clashing objects upon publishing. If you do spot clashing objects, you can easily track where the process went wrong for an easy resolution. You can also choose from the preset list of models, which you can view on a single page. Afterward, you can then load the models for easy inspection and highlight objects that you want the team to focus on.
You can better manage the 3D sheets and 2D sheets when shared between teams by storing them in a central repository. You can give permissions and restrictions to each team member through the shared project timeline. In the timeline, you can also track the progress of the project. By setting milestones and deadlines, you are assured that the teams are always on pace to finish their tasks at the appointed schedule.
RFIs and Submittals
Requests for information are properly filtered and distributed to specific users. You can assign roles and restrictions using this platform to ensure the integrity of data. Any RFI will be properly tracked through the audit trail capability of this software. Meanwhile, workers on location can easily make their requests in real time with their mobile access. You can easily view, edit, and approve the RFI.
The dashboard will give you all the required information to give you the full status of the project at a glance. You will also know the amount of spillage based on the trends on the ground. All the data is stored in a single repository which you can access all the time.
The best part of this platform is its mobile capability. Anybody with permission can access the data whenever they are on location. If you have no Internet, it won’t be a problem since you can easily transfer the necessary data to your gadget before you go to the site.
Autodesk BIM 360 operates by subscription and the price will depend upon the number of users and the project size. Here are some of the examples.
This is restricted to a single subscription and will cost $29 per month. The number of team members who can use the software is unlimited.
Project Team Collaboration
Also called the 25 subscription pack his package allows the user full collaboration with all the project team members. Again, the number of users who can access the software is unlimited and the size of the project won’t matter. The price for this package is $249 per month.
Full Collaboration With Stakeholders
This 100-subscription pack will allow the full collaboration with all the stakeholders. You will get an unlimited number of users, projects, and storage. This one will cost $599 a month.
You will have to call the developer for a customized package that will match all your needs.
Meanwhile, you can also opt for a free trial that is good for 30 days. In this way, you can try out all the features of the product to find out if this one is for you. You are under no obligation to commit to the product after the trial period. After the period ends, you can choose from the free plan or the number of subscription packages that will be billed on an annual basis.
- Cloud Hosted
The Autodesk BIM 360 is designed to work for small businesses, mid-sized businesses, and large enterprises because of the customized fields.
The developer offers phone and email support for this product. It can also send a team to your site to walk your team members through all the features of the Autodesk BIM 360.
As a unified solution, the Autodesk BIM 360 delivers as promised. The flexible pricing packages ensure that you have the perfect solution for the size and needs of your company. Certainly, there are issues that needed to be addressed but the good thing is that the software can easily integrate with different apps and design models without any compatibility issues. To sum up, the Autodesk BIM 360 is a good product but it could be better.