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What is BIM 360? – A Cloud Collaboration Tool for CAD users

A novel way of working on BIM projects which comes with useful project management features.

BIM 360 is a cloud collaboration tool that allows teams of Revit users to work with each other in real time. The rich cloud collaboration features that come with BIM 360 does not come bundled with the AEC Industry Collection, and is a licence which needs to be purchased separately on a per-user or per-team basis.

How does BIM 360 work?

BIM 360 consists of 4 separate modules which consists of:

BIM 360 Docs is a file storage system that is hosted on a cloud server. Individual users can be assigned access to designated folders within the server. Design, Coordinate, and Build are built on top of BIM 360 Docs.

BIM 360 Design provides features such as change tracking, version history, and monitoring tools for ensuring that new changes have been consumed by project teams. Its objective is to enable work-sharing in real time.

Allows users to merge local project files to the master model in the cloud and manage clashes in the process.

Enable contractors to access the central model in the BIM 360 cloud via their mobile devices when they are on the field.

A more comprehensive review of what the various BIM 360 modules can do is available directly from the Autodesk website.

Where are BIM 360 files hosted?

All project files are stored in servers maintained by Autodesk. Changes made by a local user can then be synched to the central Revit model in the cloud. 

Does BIM 360 work with other Autodesk software like Navisworks and AutoCAD?

Tools such as Navisworks, AutoCAD, and Revit are installed in the individual client machines. In order to upload files from your local machine to the BIM 360 project, you will need to install the respective BIM 360 plugin for each software.

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