Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Newly Released Revit 2018.3 and the New BIM 360 Platform

Folks have been expecting Revit 2019 to drop, especially since AutoCAD 2019 and some of the other Autodesk 2019 products were released a couple weeks ago. Yesterday, Autodesk instead surprised us with a new 2018 "dot" release, Revit 2018.3.

What's the main thing Revit 2018.3 offers? Deeper integration with BIM 360, or, we should say, the new BIM 360.

What's new about BIM 360? According to Luke Johnson of What Revit Wants, the next gen BIM 360 offers a more controlled trust environment, and Revit now shares base technology with BIM 360 Docs.

Why the change? Autodesk is converging its AEC project delivery and construction management solutions into one cloud platform: BIM 360. According to Autodesk, "BIM 360 is Autodesk’s cloud platform for AEC project delivery and construction management that supports informed decision-making throughout the project lifecycle, helping to lead to more predictable and profitable outcomes. It does this by centralizing project data in a common data platform and connecting project stakeholders and workflows – from design to construction to operations, from the field to the office and back – in a single solution."

As part of the convergence, Collaboration for Revit (C4R) has been rebranded as BIM 360 Design. New features of BIM 360 Design not in C4R include:
  • Access controls by user, role, or company, and file- and folder-based permissions
  • Issue management
  • Tracking and deliverable coordination
  • Change visualization, and
  • Unlimited storage

According to Kyle Bernhardt of Autodesk, with the new BIM 360, "across Document Management and the new Design Collaboration module, teams can:
  • "Quickly and easily set up teams and define the data spaces they will work in.
  • "Easily understand the current state of the project, with an aggregated view of the project data that can be navigated the way they think about it, not how our beloved authoring tools structure it.
  • "Exchange data between teams in a controlled way, on the back of our new currency for data exchanges: Packages. These are like transmittals on steroids, allowing teams to curate the versions of Models, 2D Sheets, and 3D Views needed to communicate process.
  • "Understand how data has changed over time. Change visualization can be enabled with the touch of a button on any BIM artifact contained in a Package. No more hunting for revision clouds or exporting the 3rd party tools.
  • "Provide feedback on those BIM artifacts, with Markups and closed loop Issues created in Document Management (Issues are on their way to Design Collaboration).
  • "Use the Preview version of Desktop Connector to collaborate on non-Revit project data, centralizing the data platform used for all Work in Progress (WIP) project data.
  • "Use those BIM artifacts downstream for construction workflows across the Field Management, Project Management, and Model Coordination modules."

Product offerings in the BIM 360 construction management platform are now:
  • BIM 360 Docs
    • Keep your team on-track with the latest drawings, documents, and models
      • Controlled sharing of information across the entire team
      • Perform constructability reviews with 2D & 3D markups
      • Reduce rework risks through versioning and permissions
      • Manage contract documents and track project activity
  • BIM 360 Build (new)
    • Improve construction quality control and jobsite safety.
      • Improve construction quality control and reduce rework
      • Use checklists to promote jobsite safety program conformance
      • Create, assign and manage issues, RFIs and Submittals
      • Track field performance with construction daily reports
  • BIM 360 Design (new)
    • Co-author shared Revit models and coordinate deliverables
      • Connect and collaborate with multidiscipline design teams
      • Control worksharing at user, role, company, file- or folder-level
      • Track and coordinate deliverables exchanged
      • Visualize changes between deliverables in aggregated models
  • BIM 360 Glue
    • Streamline VDC & BIM collaboration through the acceleration of model aggregation and clash detection.
      • Conduct constructability reviews on the jobsite or in the office
      • Identify costly issues in the preconstruction phase
      • Improve multi-discipline coordination
      • Automate clash detection and speed reviews
  • BIM 360 Layout
    • Connect coordinated models to the construction layout process to improve building accuracy.
      • Conduct constructability reviews on the jobsite or in the office
      • Identify costly issues in the preconstruction phase
      • Improve VDC & BIM collaboration while accelerating clash detection
  • BIM 360 Plan
    • Build more reliable project work plans and reduce waste associated with overproduction, excess inventory and task rework.
      • Create work sequences
      • Customize project views
      • Track & analyze performance
      • Keep teams on schedule
  • BIM 360 Ops
    • Mobile-first maintenance management

Not all news is rosy; as often happens when Autodesk rebrands products, projects are not compatible between C4R and BIM 360 Design. BIM 360 Team has been discontinued, and it does not connect to the new BIM 360 platform, and Autodesk does not plan to migrate data between the two. However, you may continue using your projects in C4R and BIM 360 Team for as long as you renew, and your subscription also gives you access to BIM 360 Design.

The standard retail price for BIM 360 Design is now 900 USD/user/year, up from 804 USD/user/year for C4R.

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