BIM 360 Docs: How Far It’s Come in a YearErin Green
posted on November 25, 2016 |
At the 2015 edition of Autodesk University, the namesake company’s annual user conference, BIM 360 Docs made its debut from the ashes of Project Alexandria.
The software, which is designed to keep all plans, models and documents associated with a given project in a single place, is cloud based to connect offices and job sites and maintain accurate information for team members all the time.
At the 2016 event, BIM 360 Docs again took center stage during the product keynote. This year, to wish the software a happy first birthday, Autodesk has given the software a few big updates to add to the more than 50 it has received since last year’s event. Here’s a look at what’s up and coming for BIM 360 Docs.
The ‘Droid You’re Looking For
When it first came out, BIM 360 Docs was touted as an app for iOS and Mac. As of Dec. 12, 2016, the document-sharing software will be available on the Android platform as well. This move should help open up the potential for teams to work across mobile and desktop platforms, as well as across offices and job sites.
Here Come the RFIs
Autodesk used customer feedback to add request for information (RFI) functionality to BIM 360 Docs. This feature will be hitting the market in mid-December 2016.
The goal of this addition is to enable teams to receive and resolve issues quickly so that projects can stay on budget and on schedule.
What’s Up, Doc?
The third announcement that Autodesk made is that BIM 360 Docs is getting a metaphorical expansion pack. Its document repertoire will be expanded to include submittals, which will come in handy for construction administration and management.
With these and the countless other updates that will undoubtedly come out before its next birthday, BIM 360 Docs hopes to tackle one of the biggest issues in construction: a lack of communication between the office and the job site.
When team members don’t have access to the right documents at the right time, it can lead to project delays and additional costs that just aren’t feasible. By bringing these documents onto the cloud and making them accessible to various platforms, software like BIM 360 Docs can help to close the gap on communication.
For more information, check out the BIM 360 Docs website.