Seems like collaboration-speak is everywhere these days. And Autodesk BIM 360, design and construction management software for project delivery, is at the forefront of the collaborative movement. The BIM 360 product group has 71 notable features, from accounting integration to workflow management. Of the next two closest competitors, one has about half of those features, and the other has only nine. Comparing over three dozen construction software applications, BIM 360 has 19 of the 20 most popular features. No other application even comes close to the overall functionality of BIM 360.
But maybe you’ve grown weary of hearing all the hype about BIM 360. You’re busy, you’ve got schedule pressures, you’re shorthanded, and the last thing you want to do is integrate new software into your process. Well, there are some things about BIM 360 that are tops among AEC professionals industry-wide, and you’re just gonna love number one:
- Ease of use. That’s right, in review after review, users report that the BIM 360 product line is easy to use and easy to integrate into their day to day activities. In fact, this is the number one feature hands-down.
- Real-time tracking. Track and manage at a glance. No waiting around for revised paper drawings, and no schedule delays over little details.
- Intuitive interface. Upload documents with ease, and save time with automatic hyperlinking of drawings. Using a digital workspace positions companies steps ahead of the competition. Read more about digital transformation in the Autodesk eBook “Guide to Digital Construction Drawings & Documents.”
- Daily reports and updates. Stay on top of your project’s drawing versions, and attain a level of project oversight you just can’t get with paper drawings.
- Remote access. Perform design reviews, give feedback and provide markups onsite or in the office. Reviewers consider BIM 360 a good mobile tool. The Hill Partnerships Case Study reports that two hours per day were saved by accessing information on mobile devices.
- Centralization of data. Not only are drawings, models and documents all centrally located, BIM 360 allows your team to sync across multiple platforms, ensuring a “single source of truth.”
- Design stage integration. BIM 360 products have an intuitive workflow, and everything fits together to benefit your project, for example: Revit -> BIM 360 Glue -> Navisworks -> BIM 360 Build.
- Collaboration. Last, but certainly not least, using BIM 360 to coordinate on the job saves time and reduces errors. Maybe everyone gets tired of hearing the word “collaboration,” but no one gets tired of being able to finish a project on time and under budget. Immediate issue notifications can be sent to subcontractors, including maps and photographs. Management of punchlists saves time. And again, it’s easy to collaborate and share information among subcontractors and trades.
According to a McKinsey & Company report in 2016, many projects take 20% longer and cost 80% more to complete than planned. Don’t let your project become another of these statistics. Check out the Applied Software blog “How to Explain BIM Coordination to Your Mom,” then contact Applied Software today to discover even more things to love about BIM 360.