First Look: Autodesk BIM 360 Ops
Phillip Keane posted on June 05, 2017 | 4117 views

Autodesk BIM 360 Ops, according to its blurb, is a “mobile first maintenance management” tool designed to allow contractors and building owners to streamline the handover process, as well as the operations of the building once construction is complete.

Formerly known as Autodesk Building Ops, the application allows real time maintenance alerts for work teams, and sends the right data to the right personnel at the right time. Information is conveyed through a tidy GUI that seems focused on usability, displaying only relevant and useful data to the end-users while hiding all the backend stuff for the more advanced user (or admin).

Maintenance tasks are divided up into three main groups:  “reactive”, “preventative” and “predictive”. 

Figure 1 Maintenance-team view (Credit: Autodesk)
Figure 1 Maintenance-team view (Credit: Autodesk)

Reactive maintenance tasks are assigned tickets as and when they occur, allowing maintenance staff to deal with them on the fly, and also features a “nearby” ticket feature that allows staff to deal with tasks in the vicinity. Additionally, videos and images of the issue, as well as the building asset data (such as CAD models and other BIM data), can be accessed via the ticket descriptions, allowing staff to see a complete overview of the problem before arrival.

The preventive maintenance part of the app allows managers to define their maintenance and inspection schedule, and includes checklists, scheduling, personnel assignment details and compliance monitoring.

The predictive maintenance section allows the software to be integrated with hardware sensors such as the Panoramic Power Sensor, and can automatically generate tickets as and when a fault occurs thanks to the sensor feedback.

BIM 360 Ops and Panoramic Power make predictive maintenance accessible to everyone. With just a few steps, your maintenance workforce can be alerted to anomalies as they happen, before equipment failure.

Ops can integrate across other platforms from Autodesk, including BIM 360 Field and BIM 360 Glue, and can import 3D data from Revit.

The software is free to use for unlimited users and unlimited buildings, and costs around $125 USD per month for unlimited maintenance tickets (as opposed to the free version, which allows just 100 tickets in the queue).

So if you are a building operations manager, or working as part of a maintenance team in a large building, then you may want to give this app a try. It is free, after all, and it could make your life that little bit easier.

You can find out a lot more about the functionality of BIM 360 Ops over at the blog

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