Comparing BIM Collaborate and BIM Collaborate Pro

19 January 2022All, Architecture and Engineering, autodesk, Autodesk Construction Cloud, BIM 360, Civil 3D, Construction, Digital Transformation, Electrical, Mechanical, MEP, plant 3d, Plumbing, Revit, UncategorizedBIM Collaborate, bim collaborate pro, Cloud, Collaboration



If you have architects, engineers and construction (AEC) users that need to review design work, provide feedback and coordinate models among teams, BIM Collaborate and BIM Collaborate Pro (formerly known as BIM 360 Design) were created specifically to make those workflows smooth and efficient. Following is a description of how the two products differ.

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BIM Collaborate; image: Autodesk


BIM Collaborate

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BIM Collaborate is a cloud-based single platform for design collaboration and coordination. It connects AEC teams as they work on designs and make design intent clear. With it, they can produce models of high quality that have been pre-checked to avoid clashes and constructability issues. Features include:

  • Multiple disciplines can collaborate on designs.
  • Access can be controlled.
  • Web browser access for design reviews.
  • Analytics to understand how changes affect plans.
  • Project timeline that shows design progress.
  • View and resolve issues in the cloud.
  • Explore design options apart from live, ongoing work.
  • Track common issues during co-creation of designs.
  • Store and manage all project data in one location.

These features enable users to stay abreast of design progress. They can make more informed decisions through project insights. In addition, they can calculate constructability using automatic clash detection.

If you need a partner to help you assess your construction technology options, contact Applied Software today.

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BIM Collaborate Pro

BIM Collaborate Pro includes all of the same features and functions as BIM Collaborate plus added performance. The added capabilities enable teams to co-author designs in Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Plant 3D or Civil 3D, while managing the exchange of files and data in real-time.

The additional features include:

  1. Revit Cloud Worksharing – With this service, your company can host a central model in the Autodesk cloud for collaboration. Multiple organizations and offices can work on a Revit central model, increasing efficiency. Anyone invited to the project can collaborate on it and work in the same model – the same central file – even if they are working from behind different firewalls.
  2. Collaboration for Civil 3D – Teams can easily review designs in a web browser. They can securely collaborate on Civil 3D files, data shortcuts and external references (Xrefs) in one location.
  3. Collaboration for Plant 3D – Users can have secure access to Plant 3D files across teams. Further, being able to track and store asset data is paramount within the oil and gas sector in calculating and verifying the maximum operating pressures of pipeline infrastructure. Users can maintain these compliance requirements in the BIM Collaborate Pro cloud-based common data environment.

When using Revit Cloud Worksharing, Collaboration for Civil 3D and Collaboration for Plant 3D:

  • Projects on BIM 360 will support Revit 2018.3 or later, Civil 3D 2020.2 or later, and AutoCAD Plant 3D 2021 or later.
  • Projects on the unified platform will support Revit 2018.3 or later, Civil 3D 2020.5.1 or later, and AutoCAD Plant 3D 2021 or later.

These new Autodesk products empower owners, designers, general contractors, and specialty trades to improve efficiency and productivity and achieve better business outcomes.

To learn more about BIM Collaborate, BIM Collaborate Pro and the rest of the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform products, download the free new Applied Software eBook: The Importance of a Common Data Environment.




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