Autodesk’s BIM 360 has revolutionized the way AEC firms conduct the entire project lifecycle including RFI’s and submittals, design collaboration, file versioning, cost analysis and final product handover. With BIM 360, Revit professionals and non-Revit users can manage project data unlike ever before via a cloud interface that can be accessed virtually anywhere. Users of this platform are enthusiastic advocates of its benefits, including design collaboration workflows, project document file sharing and issue tracking during early stages.
However, BIM 360 can be utilized by more than just the design team. Designers, architects, project managers, principals, owners, consultants and even clients can all benefit from this powerful tool, and here’s how.
Designers & Architects
Naturally Revit power users rely on BIM 360 to collaborate on the massive content and data required for a project while reducing clashes or issues that may arise during construction. They have the ability to evaluate the model, review and mark up sheets and interact with the project as they see fit without needing to request additional file formats be sent, posted or printed. The suite also reduces the need for a specific license to multiple software platforms as all files can be viewed in the intuitive BIM 360 Viewer. This holistic access to the entirety of the project reduces back and forth, redundant designs and costly change orders.
Although project managers are more focused on overseeing each aspect of a project while tracking key deliverables to deadlines as opposed to the models themselves, BIM 360 streamlines this coordination and improves commissioning all from a single, shared interface. Project managers can even control access to various sides of the project to keep stakeholders from being overwhelmed and ensure in-progress work stays private until it is ready for review.
Principals & Owners
Similarly, principals and owners may not be directly collaborating on the design files, but they do need access to these and other important documents regarding proposals, assets, resources and budgets on an as-needed basis. BIM 360 allows them to effectively coordinate with various team members and view 2D and 3D files on-the-go to get a quick update without needing a time-consuming review session. Most importantly, this platform can serve as a shared library for safety processes and compliance guidelines, reducing physical risk and liabilities for on-site personnel.
Team members from outside consultant firms can enjoy enhanced cohesion with the core design group when given access to BIM 360 projects without needing access to a firm’s network. Document and task duplication are reduced as the external and internal teams collaborate on the same files, easily reviewing and commenting on each other’s work regardless of location. This also means the handover process is simplified as everyone has access to original files, updated processes and final designs.
The main client contact can benefit from a BIM 360 license as well. Rather than wasting valuable time on multiple in-person meetings or requesting the latest design files, clients can simply access the project data library and download whatever they need in the file format they prefer. They can also easily get up to speed on the final product by having the entire repository available for ongoing maintenance and future expansions or updates.
The benefits of BIM 360 for project stakeholders, beyond the design team, are robust:
- Project managers can effectively manage mass amounts of data.
- Principals and owners can access whatever they need whenever they need it.
- Consultants can better partner with internal employees.
- Clients can stay updated on deliverables.
Successful project delivery requires the ability to manage all your data on one common platform, allowing everyone from planning and execution to project closeout to work efficiently and easily.
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