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BIM 360 Docs Update – September 28, 2017

Joan Allen
September 29, 2017

The September 28, 2017 BIM 360 Docs update includes new viewing, navigation, and measurement tools in Docs web.  This release also includes an iOS update with the ability to better analyze a 3D model with new sectioning tools, extended RFI and Issue management capabilities (create Issues and RFI’s on 2D drawings and 3D models in any folder), and the ability to create project-level Issues and RFI’s.

New viewing, navigation, and measurement tools

The new “First Person” walk mode in Docs makes it easy to navigate the model and experience the design before it is built.  From the new toolbar, select the “First Person” tool:

2017 Sept B Viewer Toolbar.jpg

Next, you’ll see this handy tutorial for the navigation controls, which you can dismiss.  

2017 Sept B BIM Walk Tool Navigation.jpg

 The “First Person” tool in action:

  

The measure tool has been completely updated, now with point-to-point, angle, and area measurement options.

2017 Sept B Measure Toolbar.jpg

Improvements include:

  • create multiple measurements (of any type) in the same view
  • manipulate anchor points after you have placed them
  • clearer snapping indicators and snapping to center points of circles and arcs.
  • completely new look and feel

The new point-to-point measurement tool:

2017 sept b measure.jpg

Angle measurements:

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Area Measurement:

2017 Sept B Area Measurement.jpg

Multi-sheet / Multi-view File Navigation Improvements

We have added thumbnail images for multi-sheet / multi-view files, for improved navigation within files managed in “Project Files” folders.

Multi-sheet PDF with thumbnails:

 2017 Sept B Thumbnails PDF.jpg

Multi-view RVT with thumbnails:

2017 Sept B Thumbnails RVT.jpg

Docs iOS app V2.7, now with model sectioning tools and Issue and RFI improvements

The latest version of the Docs iOS app (V2.7), now available on the App Store, provides the ability to easily explore and understand any aspect of the model with intuitive X, Y, Z, and Box sectioning tools.  

2017_09 iOS Section Tool.PNG

Select a plane and drag the control to view model details.

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This update also includes the ability to create RFI’s and Issues on drawings and models managed in “Project Files” folders, as well as the option to create RFI’s and Issues on 3D models in both “Plans” and “Project Files” folders.

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In addition, we have added the option to create project-level Issues and RFI’s from the project Issue and RFI lists.

2017_09 Project Issue 2.PNG

2017_09 Project Level RFI.PNG

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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. AvatarTerryBaylis7528

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    Hi, Love the new first person walk.  One thing that I noticed with the change though, is that when you are in the first person view and want to select an object to check it’s properties, you need to select the pan (hand tool), it backs you out of the first person view.  Before you were able to select an object in the first person perspective and select an object to check it’s properties without the view changing.  

    Please bring that ability back.

    Thanks.

  2. Avatarzawmyotun

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    Great improvement ! Love each of improvement.

    gmuehlemann : First Person view mode is great! I found it surprising that when selecting another navigation mode (after using it) like Pan or Zoom Window I am teleported back where I started with the first person navigation (outside the building in my case). Could we not stay at the point where I stopped with First Person ‘walking’? “

    Agreed and got the same weird Feeling, but only in this condition, when “first person view” enable from Isometric, it is teleport back to original isometric view where before first person walking unable.

    but i also realized, if we enable “the first person view” from perspective view, even though you unable the first person walk through, it will stay at the point where you stopped.  

    Guess still need program to force it to stay in perspective view after first person walk through.

  3. Avatarharry.mckinney

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    Adding to gmuehlemann’s comments about surprising behavior of Walk mode – It does not seem possible to select a model component then “hide selected” when you are in Walk mode.  It would be helpful to be able to hide ceilings, floors, walls, etc while in this mode.

  4. Avatarfrank.pepping

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    Nice updates! At this point, I have still an issue with the reset of the measurement units to feet every time a drawing or view is changed. Saving the units to the user account or environment would make is a lot easier to use.

    regards,

    Frank Pepping

  5. Avatargmuehlemann

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    First Person view mode is great! I found it surprising that when selecting another navigation mode (after using it) like Pan or Zoom Window I am teleported back where I started with the first person navigation (outside the building in my case). Could we not stay at the point where I stopped with First Person ‘walking’?

    Also, it seems some strings are not translated to German, e.g. ‘First Person’, ‘Zoom window’, measuring tool, etc.

  6. Avatarstephan.gumpert

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    Awesome!!!! 

  7. Avatarasafaryan

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    Excellent progress!

  8. AvatarChad-Smith

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    I think the new Sheets tab needs a few tweaks.

    Also, will this come to Plans and make the Documents browser (bottom right corner) redundant? Just thinking about it now, maybe the new Sheets tab should be called Documents?

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