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BIM 360 Docs Update – June 14, 2016

Joan Allen
June 15, 2016

The June 14, 2016 release of BIM 360 Docs provides powerful new capabilities, including subfolders for the “Plans” and “Shop Drawings” folders, the ability to compare two different 2D sheets, improved accuracy for title block OCR of vector PDF’s, and improved security and control for enterprise customers.

Sub-folders in Plans & Shop Drawings  

  • Now document managers can better organize and manage project documents thoughout BIM 360 Docs.  The new Subfolders capabilities in Plans and Shop Drawings allow you to separate documents into subfolders, such as project phase, discipline, or status (“work in progress” or “shared”).
  • Subfolders let users leverage the sheet extraction and OCR capabilities of the special purpose folders for any model or multi-page PDF – whether it is the published current set, or a work in progress design.
  • For paid subscribers, permissions can be set at the subfolder level, which enables workflows for releasing sheets and models for review while maintaining tight version control and access.

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Compare two different 2D Sheets

  • On April 29, we introduced the “version compare” feature for comparing two versions of a 2D sheet. Now we have added the ability to compare two different 2D sheets.
  • Now, you can compare two different documents, such as Floor 1 against Floor 2, or Architectural drawings against Mechanical drawings, which simplifies 2D coordination.

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Issue Management Enhancements

  • We have added Issue audit logs in the BIM 360 web user experience.  Now all comments, activity and decisions made on issues throughout their workflow are tracked, providing context around how issues are addressed.  This makes it easy to find a record of how issues were handled – at any point in a project.  
  • We have also added filtering and sorting options,. As a project progresses, there can be a large number of issues related to a document or model. Having the ability to narrow the list of issues to a certain date range, assignee, or status will make it easy to find the information you need.

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Big Improvements to Title Block OCR Results

  • When you upload a multi-page PDF set of project drawings to BIM 360 Docs, we will automatically separate out the sheets into individual documents and OCR the title block for sheet number, sheet title, and any other custom attributes you choose.  Customers have asked us to improve the OCR results, and we are delivering on that request for vector PDF’s (which constitute the vast majority of PDF’s used on AEC projects).
  • We have improved the processing and title block extraction for vector PDF’s, and we think you’ll agree that the results are significantly faster and more accurate!  

Stronger security & control for enterprise users

  • For enterprise customers, security and control over their information and users is critical.  To support this, two major enterprise-level capabilities have been added to BIM 360 Docs. 
  • Support for enterprise login for both Web and mobile access means that enterprise customers that have integrated their Active Directory services with Autodesk User Management (AUM) can now simply enter their corporate email address to login to Docs. 
  • Enterprise account admins can use Mobile Device Management (MDM) with BIM 360 Docs to protect mobile data from getting into the wrong hands and control user app downloads and usage.

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Joan Allen

Joan leads product management for BIM 360 Docs. Joan is a registered Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience in construction management and technology for the AEC industry. Since joining Autodesk, she has focused on delivering innovative, cloud-based solutions for connecting AEC project teams and improving project delivery workflows, including Autodesk BIM 360 Glue and Autodesk Buzzsaw.

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  1. Avatarjoan.allen

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    HI Andrew,

    Re – the first comment to this release notes post

    The June 28 Docs release includes folder sorting options.  For full details, see the release notes.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, BIM 360 Docs

  2. Avatarjoan.allen

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    Thanks for the feedback. We are currently working on the delete / move / copy capabilities for files and folders in the Plans and Shop Drawings areas of BIM 360 Docs, and you should start seeing these released in the near future. Thanks in advance for your patience.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

    Sr. Product Manager, BIM 360 Docs

  3. Avatarvogel_am

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    Its nice to be able to have sub-folders for the drawings, but why can’t I move my existing drawings into the subfolders?  Now I have a bunch of empty subfolders, which I can’t delete, and I cant move drawings to them, and I cant revoke access to them.

  4. Avatarjoan.allen

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    Thanks for the feedback.  If you open the email on your mobile device and click on the link, you will automatically navigate directly to the document.  If you are using the web version, the link will take you to the project.  We are planning to enhance the capabilities on the web, so that you can go directly to the document.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

  5. Avatarcjcook

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    I dont know if it is just my experience but any time I am assigned an issue, I recieve an email with a hyperlink notifying me that I need to take action. When I click on the hyperlink it just takes me to the Docs home page and not to the actual issue. I then must go back to the email find out what page the issue is actually on then try to find the issue. Meanwhile the pages are not sorting properly so it causes a lot of headache and is not something I would want to inflict on our designers. 

    Is this being experienced by anyone else? 

    Thanks, 

  6. Avatarjoan.allen

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    Thanks for the feedback.  We are currently working on both items that you mentioned, and will deliver them as soon as they are ready.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

  7. AvatarAndrewWoods.PT.BMan

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    These are some welcome additions, especially a folder structure under PLANS…..but please please please resolve the alphanumeric sorting on folder names. Whilst this is not resolved it is unusable on a large scale project along with the lack of ability to delete files/folders.

    These surely are such basic requirements to have in any system, and these issues are still present in the latest release and prevent me from recommending it for use to our document controllers…..they would find it a nightmare to navigate.

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