Hot off the presses! Today at Autodesk University, Autodesk, announced a “new world order in construction document management” with the release of BIM 360 Docs.
This comprehensive, cloud-based service for the construction industry provides a virtual workspace to create, access, maintain, markup and share 2D and 3D project documents, plans and models.
Formerly known as Project Alexandria, BIM 360 Docs takes a lot of the pain out of rework (a task that takes up to 25% of any construction project) and reduces materials that are wasted during the process.
In its press release, Autodesk says that “Much of this waste can be attributed to the error-prone process of managing hundreds to thousands of project documents. Today, the construction industry must contend with a tangled web of multiple document management solution providers, contributing to significant inefficiencies and risks on construction project sites.”
BIM 360 Docs solves this problem head-on by ensuring that the entire project team is building from the correct version of documents and plans – saving time, and reducing risk and errors in construction projects.
Autodesk BIM 360 Docs works by connecting construction project team members through collaborative, real-time access to construction documents throughout the project lifecycle. Planned capabilities include:
• Linked 3D and 2D experience, allowing users to interact with models in 2D views and visualize them in 3D on the same page, and vice-versa.
• Permission-based access control and approval processes to manage the updating and release of documents, preventing project teams from working from out-of-date information.
• Blazing-fast viewing experience for large-format PDF design documents, optimized for Apple iOS devices.
• Automated organization of original and updated construction docs into sets, including highly accurate and customized optical character recognition (OCR) of title blocks.
Below are a selection of screenshots and information about availability of the solution:
Publish and manage all project document file types in a single system with support for unlimited users and unlimited storage.
Easily extract and organize individual project documents from multi-sheet files & 3D models, featuring title block.
Ensure that the entire project team is working with the correct documents with version control and online/offline access on mobile devices.
Create and share markups for collaborative design reviews with the team.
View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walk-throughs.
Autodesk is now accepting reservations for a limited release and free preview version of Autodesk BIM360 Docs at www.bim360.com/docs. The product is expected to come to market in early 2016. In addition to the free, limited version of BIM 360 Docs, Autodesk will offer the option to subscribe to additional capabilities that scale to meet more advanced needs of construction firms. The product will initially be available in English only. Copied from Technically speaking.
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