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BIM 360 Design Collaboration – who is for and what does it solve?

Samuel Macalister
July 26, 2019

In its simplest form, BIM 360 Design is a cloud platform for Revit Cloud Worksharing (RCW) for unlimited projects, with unlimited storage and you can bring your own subscription (BYOS) to any project you’re working on.

For a number of years we’ve had Collaboration for Revit (C4R), which was a simple set up for multi-office practices to collaborate between their offices on large projects. This also worked well, but there had to be a high level of trust with who you were sharing the data with.

Now with BIM 360 Design, you have more levels of permissions, and more options to configure the project to share internally and externally whether you’re at a single office or a multiple regional office or an international practice.

Here are some examples of how BIM 360 Design can be implemented into your firm.

Revit Cloud Worksharing – is simple to set up and run from work or home or the jobsite or even the cafe. It’s always on and up to date. Users can sync their delta changes (small file size updates) in about 20 seconds to the RWC model, and others can sync to see the latest updates. No more having to upload, download, archive, re-link etc. Since the platform is built on BIM 360 Docs, RWC users can also publish a number of sets (sheets, key views etc) from RWC to BIM 360 to view in the Large Model Viewer (LMV). Its basically like a powerful version of a pdf file in the cloud, but with a lot more features.

This is a great way for you to share your project data in a single source of truth environment with other Consultants, Builders & Clients. Everyone can view the files on the cloud and it allows for the creation of issues and markups for team members to review and action.

Publishing – Every time the model is published, you get a new version of the model in the LMV environment which can be tracked throughout the project life cycle. You can publish a large amount of files from Revit all at once, or set up the tool to publish at certain date/time automatically.

In Revit 2019.2 and Revit 2020, you also have a new publish tool at the start up of Revit, so you can publish your latest files before you even open the project

Model Compare – You can also go back to previous published data and compare model versions (V4 vs V10)
The BIM 360 engine allows users to pick different published versions (2D or 3D) of the model, and automatically reviews the model for items that have been added (green), removed (red), and modified (yellow). This can be a huge time saver for team members needing to interrogate new file updates.

Single Office?
Maybe you just have one office, but your teams are working on large complex projects that are growing in size, on a server that wasn’t initial set up to handle the data/bandwidth. This can potentially cause some major problems if your server crashes on the week of a project deadline, or you run low on space.

There is NO file size limit with BIM 360, and its file linking is from the cloud with controlled folder permissions for different teams/companies.

External Collaboration – Sharing with external consultants can also be controlled with a Share, Review, & Consume (Verify workflow). This workflow was set up to align with the PAS 1192 framework (now ISO 19650). RCW users can choose when they want to share their BIM data with consultants in a low trust environment. At certain milestones, they can create sets to publish to BIM 360. These sets can be reviewed by a BIM Manager/Project Architect in BIM 360 Docs, or BIM 360 Design and packaged up to be shared with others.

When shared, this package shows up on a time-line for other consultants to open within BIM 360 Design to review, compare the changes, and then when satisfied – click the consume button, which loads a copy of the project data into the Consultants Consumed folder. This Verified file is the Revit Model that’s linked within the RCW environment.

If you want to know more about PAS 1192, and ISO 19650 – please check out this PDF document on the UK Level 2 BIM Mandate

Here another look at the Shared and Consumed folder structure

If you want to know more about BIM 360 design, and where to get started with purchasing, setup, webinars, security & learning, please check these sites:

BIM 360 Website

Design Collaboration training

Set up in BIM 360 Design

Getting Started with BIM 360 Design

BIM 360 Design Webinars

BIM 360 Cloud security

Samuel Macalister

Accomplished BIM/VDC Professional with an excellent knowledge of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industries. Acknowledged as a top industry speaker at international and local events. Experienced in working on large complex design and construction projects with various software for global design and construction companies.

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