Autodesk has announced the introduction of BIM 360 Design. So, what exactly is this and what does it mean?
To start, a little history… The BIM 360 platform is not new, and it’s forever changing. Autodesk is positioning BIM 360 as the one place for cloud collaboration. For Revit users, cloud collaboration meant Collaboration for Revit. That was the tie-in to Autodesk’s BIM 360 Team, where project files for Collaboration for Revit resided. You created a “Hub” which was where all of your projects would be created and managed. When you bought a new seat of Collaboration for Revit, you would have gotten a prompt to set up this hub when you signed into your Autodesk Account. From there you’d set up projects and assign users and their access.
That process went something link this:
- Buy Collaboration for Revit
- Give end-users access to Collaboration for Revit through Autodesk Account
- Create and name the Hub.
- Create a Project
- Create Project Members and assign their Access Level
Each seat of Collaboration for Revit came with a BIM 360 Team entitlement, as Team was the necessary component for Collaboration for Revit.
Today, you’ll buy a seat of BIM 360 Design. If you owned Collaboration for Revit, it’s now BIM 360 Design. Set-up is a little different. Where Collaboration for Revit needed BIM 360 Team, BIM 360 Design needs BIM 360 Docs.
(It will be interesting to count up the number of BIM acronyms that are in this post.)
So, you’ll need to sign-into BIM 360 Docs to create and manage projects.
From here, you’ll create a company (yours) and then you can create projects under that company. You’ll have the ability to create as many companies as you’d like, and when someone from outside of your organization shares a project or file with you, you can categorize it under any company in your Docs account. Nice and tidy.
Lots of other features too for user permissions, and a plethora of features and tasks you can perform with Docs. Make no mistake, moving away from Team and moving to Docs is an upgrade.
To wrap up… BIM 360 Design IS Collaboration for Revit. It’s important to mention that when you install Revit 2019, it will have BIM 360 Design already in it. When you installed Revit 2018, it already had Collaboration for Revit in it, too. If you choose to install Revit 2018.3, you’ll have access to both Collaboration for Revit projects and access to BIM 360 Design.
The BIM 360 button is still there, but now, you’ll see two options.
BIM 360 Document Management – which is BIM 360 Design Projects
BIM 360 Team – which is Collaboration for Revit Projects
You can access both in Revit 2018.3, but in Revit 2019, you’ll only have access to BIM 360 Design Projects.
As you can see, instead of the options, I’m taken directly to my Project home, or my company page.
We’ll have more info soon, and more introductions into Docs and it’s functionality, so stay tuned!