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BIM 360 Docs Update – September 13, 2017

Joan Allen
September 14, 2017

Introducing 3D Model Comparison 

Now you can easily see what has changed between versions of your 3D models with the new Model Comparison tool (available for Revit, IFC, and DWG files managed in the published “Plans” folders).  The Compare tool provides insights on geometry and property changes, and enables solid understanding of the most current published model by providing detailed change information.


Features include:

  • Compare and view any two versions of your 3D model
  • View changes in Overlay or Side by Side mode
  • Review color-coded changes (added, removed, and modified) in both the model view and property panel
  • Filter between added, removed, and modified assets
  • Distinguish between geometry and property modifications
  • Search & Filter changes by categories, disciplines, and object properties
  • Navigate through changes in the 3D view and the results list
  • Export the list of differences to CSV for offline analysis

To use the new Model Comparison feature, navigate to a model with multiple versions and open the “History” panel.  Select the “Compare Versions” button.  By default, we’ll auto-select the two most recent versions, but you can select any two model versions.

2017 September A Model Compare 2.jpg

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Once you have chosen the two versions, select the “Compare” button and your two models will appear in overlay mode, like this:

2017 September A Model Compare 3.jpg

You can also view in Side by Side mode, like this:

2017 September A Model Compare 4.jpg

After you have explored the data and navigated the model, you can also export the list of changes to CSV.  Here’s a look at the data exported for the changes shown above:

2017 September A Model Compare 5.jpg

Please note this is currently limited to the “Plans” folders but we will extend this capability to all folders in a follow-on release.

RFI’s for 3D models and documents in any folder

In August we introduced Issues for 3D models, and now we are adding RFI support for 3D models.  In addition, you can now add RFI’s on PDF documents and drawings, as well design files and models, in “Project Files” folders, completing our initiative to extend markups, issues, and RFI’s to both folder types.

2017 September A RFI 3D Models.jpg

2017 September A RFI in Project Files.jpg

Search Improvements

We have improved the document search capabilities to make it easier to find the files you need.  These improvements include:

  • Tuning the search profile for file names
  • Recognition of spaces, hyphens, underscores & periods (“.”), using them as delimiting parts of text (rather than just contents)
  • Search using up to 32 characters (up from 10)

Here’s an example of the search result improvements you’ll see in Docs based on the new search profile:

2017 September A Search Improvements 2.jpg

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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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    @daniel.buehrer Every update applies to both the US and EMEA servers.  The following features are not yet available in the EMEA server environment:  search and RFI’s.  We will communicate timing around those features in EMEA at a later date.

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

    Autodesk BIM 360

  2. Avatardaniel.buehrer

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    @joan.allen When will this feature be ready on the Europa server?

  3. AvatarJoeyWhitney

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    You should add the model compare to the version button in the folder much like the 2d compare. But so far this is awesome

  4. Avataradamnicholes

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    @joan.allen thanks for the explanation. My suggestion would be to enable both methods of comparison (from the Viewer AND from the Folder) so customers can use the method that works best for them across the board. Thanks!

  5. Avatarjoan.allen

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    Hi @adamnicholes to access the 3D compare feature, select a model in a “Plans” folder and select the version history in the left hand side.  A panel will open, showing your the full version history and the compare button.  We have consistently heard from our customers that they would prefer to choose to compare from the viewer, so that is why we started with that for this new feature.   We intend to make the 2D and 3D compare user experience more consistent in future updates.  

    Best Regards,

    Joan Allen

    Autodesk BIM 360

  6. Avataradamnicholes

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    I’ve been unsuccessful at comparing 3D models in any of the various locations I’ve uploaded the files. I’ve tried it on different BIM Docs projects and every iteration of a 3D model I can find. I select the version link, just as I would when comparing sheets, and I don’t get the comparison buttons on the dialog box. Has the tool not been implemented yet? Or am I doing something wrong?

  7. AvatarTerryBaylis7528

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    @frank.pepping, it is now searchable for the Plans Section as noted in this release update, however it is not for the Project Files section.  The limitation of the Document Name being only within the Plans section is that only specific file types are available to be uploaded to the Plans Section.  If a Document is a Word File or an Excel File that is part of the project, you can only search by the File Name in the Project Files section which is the only place that such files can be uploaded.

    Thanks

    Terry Baylis

  8. Avatarfrank.pepping

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    @TerryBaylis7528 Document Name is already part of the search functionality. I Agree that it whould me more useful when we are able to search on values of (kustom) attributes. Regards, Frank Pepping

  9. AvatarTerryBaylis7528

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    The search function would be much more useful if it was expanded to Document Name, Folder Name, and any of the Custom Attributes that were added to the folder and subfolders that you searching within. This would be for both Plans and Project Files.

    Thanks

    Terry Baylis

  10. Avatarfrank.pepping

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    @marcelludwig, The search function work in Plans wit filename and document name (combination of Number and Title). In Project Files the result is based in Filename.

  11. AvatarChad-Smith

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    Thanks Joan and the Dev team. Another huge step forward with the 3D Model Compare from Team.

    So if I’m correct, that means all big ticket items from Team have been added to Docs with one exception, Collaboration for Revit.
    Hoping we can see that sooner than later to help the design to construction workflow.

  12. Avatarmarcelludwig

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    Is the search only about the Filename?

  13. Avatarfpensa

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    Great improvement, thank you very much! I guess/hope the version comparison tool for model is the first step toward clash detection between different models (like Glue)

  14. Avataradamnicholes

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    I’m looking forward to testing the 3D Model comparison, and I’m so glad RFI’s can be created in any folder now. A much-needed improvement.