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BIM 360 Admin Update – March 7, 2019

Sijie Zhang
March 7, 2019

Within BIM 360, Role is the means of indicating the members job title within the project or organization, such as Architect, BIM Manager, or Project Manager.

Today assigning a role to a project member will automatically set the default access to certain service modules on the Project Members page. For example, assigning someone the “Architect” role sets default access to Document Management, Project Management, Design Collaboration, Model Coordination, and Field Management. The project admin can change the defaults, but that can be tedious and time-consuming for a large project. And it may result in unintended variations. “Configurable roles” enables Account admins to view and configure the default module access associated with each role, in the new “Roles” tab in Account Admin. Your default access by role will appear each time a Project Admin adds a project member and assigns them to that role.

BIM 360 Administration is also continuing to work on the “Custom Roles” feature to let Account Admins remove or add roles to their account. When you add a new role, you can configure the default access for that role. Your set of account roles will determine which roles are available to Project Admins and will also set the default access for each role.

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Sijie Zhang

Sijie is a Product Manager for BIM 360 HQ/Administration at Autodesk. Before joining Autodesk, Sijie worked as a Research Engineer, Technical Safety Engineer, and R&D Program Manager at Chevron, where she worked with multiple stakeholders and developed and deployed technology initiatives. She led research and development projects for advanced visualization for construction and automated design review to support major capital project designs and executions. Sijie received her PhD in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2014 and her research area includes BIM, VDC, Construction Safety, Rule-Checking, and Semantic Data Modeling.


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  1. Avatarka-ri.walker

    will there be a way to allow users to set up Sets etc without having Admin access?

    1. AvatarJoan Allen


      Thanks for asking about this. We restricted it to Project Admins because it is a project-level setting (“Current Set” is a rollup of the latest version of each document assigned to a Set, and this is what teams in the field will rely upon).

      How do you envision using the Set feature?

      Best Regards,
      Joan Allen
      Autodesk BIM 360


    Love this new functionality, now we just need the ability to create our own roles names.

    1. Sijie ZhangSijie Zhang (Post author)

      Thank you! Custom roles are work in progress and we plan to release that in coming weeks.


    Hi Sijie, how will this affect on going projects member permission? Do they need to configure the permissions again or will the update only apply on project created from March 7 onwards?

    1. Sijie ZhangSijie Zhang (Post author)

      Hi Kenny, this won’t affect existing project members and their permissions. For a change you make on the Roles page to take effect, the edited role needs to be assigned to a project member. Thanks!

  4. Avatarrholland951

    Hi Suie, this is a great development and is very helpful, thank you.
    Regarding the comment about ‘custom roles’ I just wanted to check if part of the development is for the existing roles within the system to be deleted or hidden by the Admins? We would prefer the option of having a completely custom list of 5 or 6 roles that are tailored to our company.

    1. Sijie ZhangSijie Zhang (Post author)

      Hi Ryan, thanks for the comment and question. Once we released custom roles, you will be able to remove/hide unwanted roles and use a completely custom list for your company.