The April 27, 2017 BIM 360 Docs update delivers major improvements for uploading, reviewing, publishing, and viewing PDF drawings and design files. We have completely redesigned the PDF upload experience and now provide a single project-level “publish log” for managing your uploads in one central location. In addition, we have added the highly-requested ability to upload and view linked Revit models and DWG files with XRefs! And, for those of you that access your projects on your iPhone or iPad, we released a new update (V2.3) this week, too!
PDF Drawing Upload – New Experience, New Capabilities
We have completely redesigned the PDF upload, review, and publishing experience, with faster processing and support for both multi-page PDF files as well as multiple single-sheet PDF files.
We have also made it easier to track the status of your uploads with a project-wide Publish Log.
- View, at a glance, the status of your project drawing and model uploads
- Select links to take action as needed on in-progress uploads
- Cancel uploads and remove completed or cancelled jobs from the list
- Access “legacy” folder-level Publish Logs if needed
If you are uploading multiple single-sheet PDF’s, you can apply the same “template” (previously known as “title block template”) to multiple files at once instead of having to publishing them individually.
- Select a previously-defined project-level template and apply it to the files upon upload
- If you don’t have a template, you can define it using the first file and then apply it to the remaining files (multi-select and apply any template)
We have also updated the “Review” page, to make it easier to review and publish your drawings.
- Start reviewing when some, but not all, files have been processed
- Review the results, make edits as needed, and save your edits (especially helpful if you have hundreds of drawings to review – save your changes and come back later to finish)
- Publish or cancel
When your files have successfully published, you can view the results with a summary (available from the “view” link in the Publish Log). You can also view this summary in the confirmation email.
Linked File Upload – support for Revit linked files and DWG’s with XRefs
Designs created using Revit and AutoCAD, with multiple team members working on different aspects of the same design, frequently include “linked files” (for Revit) and “external references” or “XRefs” (for AutoCAD). We now support linked file upload in BIM 360 Docs, and this capability is available for both “Project Files” folders and “Plans” (sheet extraction) folders. To upload your linked files, simply select the “Linked Files” option in the upload drop-down menu, select your files, and confirm which file is the “parent” (or “host”) file. Once the design is ready for viewing, the parent file will display the linked file data. Please note that this option is not available for drag-and-drop upload; in that case, the files will upload separately.
- “Project Files” folders: Docs will display the complete parent 3D model, including the linked data from the other files. You can also view the individually linked models (e.g. Architectural, Structural, MEP).
- “Plans” (sheet extraction) folders: Docs will display the complete parent 3D model, including the linked data from the other files. Note that only the 2D sheets defined in the “parent” in Revit will be extracted for viewing (if there are 2D sheets in some of the linked files, these will not be visible unless explicitly linked into the parent model in Revit).
BIM 360 Docs iOS App
This week we also released an updated iOS app (V2.3). This update includes additional support for RFI and workflows, including the ability to filter and sort the RFI list and the ability to navigate directly to an RFI from an email link.