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Introducing the Assets module to BIM 360!

Krystian Macek
June 16, 2020

The Assets module in BIM 360 is now live! Assets provide you with the tools you need to track all of your project’s assets and equipment from design to handover.

With Assets, you can track an asset from its specification to acceptance, through the use of customized status steps. It’s easy to maintain an inventory of job site equipment, carry out inspections, document defects, and generate issues related to assets for quick resolution.

The Assets module is currently supported on both web and iOS.

What’s included?

  • Importing and customization
  • Centralized documentation
  • Barcode / QR code scanner
  • Export and Bulk Edit
  • Integrated field management workflows
  • Connect asset data from Assemble

 

Key Features

Importing and customization

Quickly populate an asset list from spreadsheets and then easily track when an asset has been specified all the way through acceptance using custom categories, statuses and attributes.  Project Admins can establish a status workflow for assets to help your project members find and track assets.

When you’re setting up statuses, think about which members of the team will need to update the asset record as it moves through different stages of the status workflow. Based on your project needs, configure your asset categories, custom attributes, and status sets. Once that’s done, your team has everything they need to track everything on the job site. 

 

Asset import template

Asset import template

 

 

Centralized documentation

Quickly access all asset information including product information such as cut-sheets, certifications, training materials and warranty documents through a centralized repository.  Users can attach documents, photos directly as well as from Document Management.

Barcode and QR code support

In the field, your team can carry out relevant inspections and ongoing maintenance effortlessly with the simple scan of a barcode or QR code from your mobile device. When you bulk upload asset records, you can optionally include barcodes and location data if desired. This allows you to carry out room to room walkthroughs on site while having all the equipment and location data available at your fingertips. 

 

Locate assets using barcode or QR codes

Locate assets using barcode or QR codes

 

Export and Bulk Edit

When you’re ready, you can export a spreadsheet with all asset details, including custom attributes with a single click.  Users with Full Control permissions, have the ability to bulk edit exported items and import them back into the project to efficiently update the asset records. 

Integrated Field Management workflows

Connect assets and commissioning efforts to other field management workflows such as documenting defects using Issues and completing inspections with Checklists – all from a mobile device.  Project Admins can map Checklist templates to Asset Categories or Sub-Categories, making them available for use out in the field.

While performing quality and safety inspections, as you complete your customized quality and test checklists on your mobile device, you can also quickly document any defects or progress by capturing photos and attaching them directly to assets.

 

Create asset issues and assign them to the responsible person, company, or project role for quick resolution.

Connect asset data from quantity take-off

With the Assemble and BIM 360 Assets integration, you can easily extract asset data directly from models and import into BIM 360, allowing the office team to track assets in the field and with a bi-directional connection, you can also see progress visualizations in Assemble.

What’s next

We’re delighted to offer you the Assets module, and we’re working hard to deliver even more functionality. In the future, Assets will support APIs, filtering by custom attributes, multi-level asset categories, activity history, and more. 

For additional information on Assets and all BIM 360 capabilities, visit our [help pages].

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Krystian Macek

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  1. Avatardave.shepherd

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    This is a useful and important update, which I’ve tested.

    1. Contractor’s can use COBie spreadsheets with VLOOKUP to complete the required import spreadsheet.
    2. You can apply Uniclass or Omniclass classification to the model and use this classification in the exported COBie spreadsheet to define the required category and sub-category for each asset item.
    3. You can export a room schedule from Revit as the basis for the Locations import spreadsheet
    4. To provide a corresponding location for each asset item, you can use VLOOKUP to retrieve the Level that corresponds to each room on the Space worksheet
    5. For import, the required date format is MM/dd/YYYY
    5. For this module to gain traction, there’s a pressing need for search and filter capabilities. The list is useful, but it’s a chore to scroll though 5000-odd asset items that currently can only be filtered by status sets (e.g. Purchased, Delivered, Installed, etc.)

  2. Avatareldad

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    Wow, this looks oddly similar to the presentation i gave Assemble last year!

    1. Avatarrandell.matt

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      At this point this looks a lot like thw classic ‘field’ asset module. It starts getting powerful when you combine imports with document review workflows to create change control, as well as connecting checklista directly to asset lines… a great first deployment for sure.

  3. Avatarmac_EH

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    Very interesting integration with assemble and progress visualization. The big picture is coming into focus!