Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Breaking down the BIM 360 modules, part of Up and Running with BIM 360 Glue.
- I was confused when Autodesk launched the BIM 360 cloud platform. I saw tons of demos and was immediately sold. Yes, I'd like 10 seats of BIM 360, please. Then I found out there are quite a few drastically different modules. Some that tie in with each other, some that don't. I guess it could never be simple. What I would like to do here is explain the different 360 products out there. I won't go into great detail and try to sell you on anything as I'm not a reseller, or an Autodesk employee. So let's just jump in and let's break down the 360 modules.
First we'll look at A360. Next we'll look at BIM 360 Glue. Then I'd like to take a look at BIM 360 Field. We'll talk about A360 Collaboration for Revit, talk about Fusion 360, then there's PLM 360. So let's look at A360. What A360 is, it's a file/project cloud hosted management system which replaces conventional FTP sites. You're allowed to add members, schedule events, and track download stats. I like to think of this as Buzzsaw Lite. Next we've got my favorite, BIM 360 Glue, the topic of this course.
This allows us to manage, collaborate, clash and view models in realtime, using the Autodesk cloud. This module 360 has a PC-based application, as well as a mobile device application. BIM 360 Field can also read BIM 360 Glue files. BIM 360 Field, this mobile application is used for on-site construction project management. 360 Field also takes advantage of the cloud, allowing users to track issues, schedule tasks, view equipment, look at photos, and a lot more. 360 Field can also view models in 360 Glue.
A360 Collaboration for Revit. This one's pretty cool. A360 Collaboration for Revit allows design teams to establish a live, linked Revit project on the Autodesk cloud. This allows design teams in different offices from different firms to work as if they were all in the same building. It basically simulates a live project in your office, only from different firms and different buildings. Fusion 360. This version of 360 is for coordinating projects in the manufacturing space. This allows for users to share ideas, view and mark up mechanical models, and utilize the Autodesk cloud.
This version of 360 will take Inventor files. PLM 360. This version of 360 is for product lifecycle management. It is used for facility management, as well as asset management, of course, all on the Autodesk 360 cloud. These are different, but kind of the same. Just think about the theme here. Autodesk is going to the cloud. These are applications that run off the cloud. Expect more, and expect a couple merging together in the future. But as far as I know, the future's here, this is it, we are on our own. So let's glue up some models and worry about the future later.
- Breaking down the BIM 360 modules
- Creating projects
- Inviting members to a project
- Gluing models
- Merging and aligning models
- Creating views
- Adding links and markups
- Finding and resolving clashes
- Using the BIM 360 Glue mobile app