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Autodesk just recently released an Android version of BIM360 Docs to the Google Play store. This is a first product on the BIM360 Platform to release an Android version. I know many contractors have been asking and hinting at this for years and it looks like they will finally be receiving android support just in time for Christmas.  We hope that this is a continued trend among all of the BIM360 products as it will often eliminate hardware as a reason to refuse adoption. Support of more platforms opens up more possibilities for collaboration on the site.  Read more here. 

I'm excited to announce 360 Sync for Glue - Applied Software's new app that seamlessly syncs your desktop or server (or Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, etc. cloud service) with BIM 360 Glue. We've had this planned for a while & finally got the time to build it. What does 360 Sync with Glue do & why did we create it? Quite simply, 360 Sync automates the upload process from your computer to BIM 360. We created it specifically with the non-Autodesk user in mind: the Tekla / Bentley / Cadworx / QuickPen / Rhino users who use Glue, and don't already have a Glue button built in to their software. We wanted to eliminate the process of manually uploading your model to Glue - it's essentially double-entry & is a waste of time. You're already saving it to your computer or server, so why not have it upload to Glue as well? How does it work? First, you upload your model manually for the first time to BIM 360 Glue. Next, you open up 360 Sync & create a new configuration. You select the model on ...

We have recently revised our A360 Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team white paper to include some late-breaking details in the set up and operation of A360 Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Team. You can get your updated copy here.

It seem like at least once a week, we are asked about how to improve or optimize the size of Navisworks & BIM 360 Glue models - teams Confederated Merged models are getting larger & larger as more data is added to each element. We created 360+ in part to help with this problem. What is 360+? 360+ is a Revit Add-In, created by Applied Software, that helps optimize the viewing & creating of models for Navisworks & BIM 360. We originally created it to help BIM 360 Layout users better utilize their models in the field - we received feedback & learned through experience that most people like laying out points using a 2D system, and sometimes 3D visualization sometimes isn't helpful. But for the purposes of today's blog, we are going to review the use cases for BIM 360 Glue & Navisworks. The Red Button: Create 2D & 3D Views in Revit for Export Always start with the red button. It sets you up for the remainder of the project. Just click on the button, choose a View Template (you can ...

One of the cooler things about my job is the optimism that's associated with it. People come to us with problems everyday, and we solve them. Sometimes we solve a complex workflow problem. Other times, we help teach a client how to better use software. We might even help Autodesk fix a bug in their software. My favorite thing that we do is create something completely new to solve a problem. That's what we did when we created 360Sync with Windows. The Problem People kept coming to us, saying that they really hated updating the BIM 360 Field Library, especially when they had already updated their server, "why can't the Field Library just Sync with our server?" That's why we created 360Sync - to solve this very problem. I've said on just about every blog that I've done that the Construction World is filled with redundancy & double (sometimes even triple or quadruple) data entry, and it is one of the biggest sources of frustrations in the industry. We are aiming to eliminate as much of this as ...

Every so often, one of our clients gets an error in their BIM 360 Field Library with one of their uploaded files. The file is either corrupted or won't upload. There could be any reason as to why this happened, but one of the more consistent issues that pops up is with "Restricted Text Characters." This blog will set the record straight for what characters should & should not be used when making BIM 360 Files.  I would also use this blog as a Rule of Thumb for any computer file, whether on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, the web / HTML, etc. Also, for sake of argument, use this blog for all devices Windows 8 / Mac OSX or greater. USE THESE: It should come as no surprise that upper-case letters, lower case letters, and numbers are OK. Other safe characters include parentheses, underscores single spaces & dashes. You can safely use any and all of these characters in BIM 360 Field and almost all operating systems & web locations. USE CAUTION: Depending on the language of your computer, special characters, characters with accent ...

 Last month I did a post about gathering information for Quality Assurance / Quality Control & how it really revolutionized the way I managed & organized my data (it can be viewed here). This month I'm going to talk about how BIM 360 really saved me a ton of time by reporting on the data that you collect  The Old Way Before BIM 360 Field, I used an Excel file & a marked up 11x17 floor plan as a QAQC reporting tool. It was cumbersome - the data was extremely difficult to sort & custom reports required a ton of extra work. Also, the company responsible, location data, description, pinpointed location (on a floor plan) were in 2 separate reports, so I had to essentially pull double duty whenever updating my QAQC report. It took forever & was confusing & somewhat unhelpful to my team. I was looking for something - ANYTHING - to improve this process. With BIM 360 Field With BIM 360 Field, my process greatly improved. I was already gathering the information in the field, ...

Before coming to Applied Software, I worked for Walsh Construction, and I was tasked with implementing BIM 360 Field midway through our project. I was working on BIM Coordination & QAQC at the time, so I was pretty happy to get away from our old QAQC workflow which consisted of the following:  Printing out an 11x17 floor plan or floor plans of what I planned to walk Printing out our excel sheet that kept track of all of our Discrepancies (it reached 300 at its apex) and sorting it by location & subcontractor manually Bringing my phone or iPad out to the field to document & take pictures After the walk, come back in & make my chicken scratches on my 11x17 presentable, attach the photos & send it to all parties Fight with the subcontractors about scope of work and location of the discrepancy I hated this workflow. Every week I had to rewalk the issues. Every week I had to take new pictures ...

One of the most common questions we get from our Fabrication clients & our Construction clients is "BIM & modeling is great. But how can I take that knowledge & information and apply it to construction?" This blog will attempt to tackle that question. View the video above to see a demo of this workflow. Step 1: Model & FabricationLet's start in Fab CAD MEP. You'll want to design & model your system like usual, leveraging your materials database along the way.  Once you have modeled everything and in most cases completed coordination of a floor, segment, or building, you'll likely start creating spools and creating shop drawings for your pipe spools, duct systems, mechanical equipment (VAVs, AHUs, Pumps, etc.). So far your workflow hasn't changed at all - this is how you're already doing things most likely. Once you have setup your pipe spools, duct systems, etc., that's where our Fab2BIM360 add-in comes in. It's quick and easy to use. Just click on the button in your Add-Ins ribbon and hit "Prep for Spooling." The tool automatically ...

The Current Workflow: When I first started doing BIM Coordination 4 years ago, the typical workflow went like this: The subcontractors created a 3D model using design or fabrication software The subcontractors uploaded their model to an FTP site at a designated time The BIM coordinator downloaded the design / fab models & created a federated Navisworks model The BIM coordinator ran clash tests using Navisworks & generated clash reports The Coordination Team met & discussed the Clashes The process repeats. The Problem: When I ran coordination meetings, this process was pretty successful, but it was slower than it should be. For the most part, coordination moved along, but there were often times where clashes would go untouched for weeks at a time - multiple weeks. The most common answer I recieved about why the clashes weren't promptly fixed, "I didn't know what the <other coordination team member> was going to do with this clash. I was waiting on him." ...

Construction managers commonly use BIM 360 Field to productively manage jobsites. The ability to seamlessly integrate a construction team’s daily workflow has quickly established BIM 360 Field as the industry gold standard for cloud-based, field management tools. Managing the flow of documents between Windows and BIM 360 Field, however, can be a time-consuming process. Now, with 360 Sync, document management is effortless. Applied Software developed 360 Sync to provide integration between Windows and BIM 360 Field. For example, 360 Sync allows you to house one file on your PC (with all of your construction documents) that automatically updates into BIM 360 Field. Once synced, all of your file structures will remain the same. 360 Sync is easy to use and requires only one initial set-up per project. Once the initial set-up is complete, the entire process becomes automated. When setting up projects, you can create templates for repeated use or you can create unlimited custom projects. You choose when to sync the files for each project including from which computer to which project. You can also set multiple computers to sync ...

I've heard people talking about Glue and how they're disappointed that it doesn't do clash detection in the same manner as Navisworks Manage. It doesn't have the robust reporting and clash management/tracking capabilities that Navisworks Manage has. I think this stems from the misconception they have that Glue is supposed to be sort of a "Navisworks Light" for mobile applications. It's not. Not even close - and it's not intended to be. So... just what IS it for? BIM 360 Glue is an on-line collaboration tool that allows for multiple design team members to access the same model (meaning  the same version of the same model) at the same time to ensure that everyone is working from the most current project information. The following graphic illustrates the difference between working in a traditional fashion where multiple participants are submitting updates at different times (to Navisworks, for example) and therefore working on different versions of the model and BIM 360 Glue, which allows for simultaneous collaboration on the same model version. In the traditional workflow on the left, different team members post different versions of their ...

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