Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the New Autodesk BIM 360

With the 2019 Autodesk releases, there have some new shake-ups in the BIM 360 product line. From the renaming of several products to expanded features in others, it can be daunting for both new and existing users to understand what has changed, what hasn’t, and what to do next. That’s why I’ve compiled this quick FAQ to answer some common questions.

What is BIM 360 Design?

BIM 360 Design is what was previously known as Collaboration for Revit. It offers insight, design collaboration, document management, and project management. Think of it as essentially Collaboration for Revit and BIM 360 Docs combined.

Admins for BIM 360 Design will need to activate their “Teams” (which is not referring to BIM 360 Team) via Design Collaboration in order to enable the usage of Collaboration for Revit. Here’s where you’ll need to activate your Teams.

BIM 360 Design admins can activate their teams in the Design Collaboration section.

Which do I choose: BIM 360 Team or BIM 360 Design?

Ongoing projects utilizing BIM 360 Team should stay in Team. There is currently no indication of a migration path or tool, so don’t count on one coming. Moving a project from Team to BIM 360 Document Management (aka the next generation of Docs) will eliminate any versioning, markups, and other historic dialog on the project to-date.

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On the other hand, new projects should start on BIM 360 Document Management. Here’s why: Team is at end of life. Currently, no new subscriptions can be purchased and only renewals can be purchased for the time being.

I received an email from Autodesk stating that I need to activate my BIM 360 Design contract now. What should I do?

Activate your contract! Doing so won’t disable any current licenses of Collaboration for Revit or prevent the usage of Team; instead, you’ll be prepared to launch new projects in Design when you need to.

What’s going to happen with Collaboration for Revit?

Well, for now, here’s what going on:

  • Revit 2018.2 and prior can utilize BIM 360 Team only (see the above question regarding Team vs. Design).
  • Revit 2018.3 provides the option to use Team or Document Management.
  • Revit 2019 only allows hosting to Document Management.

What’s different with BIM 360 Document Management (aka Docs)?

Document Management allows for unlimited projects and unlimited storage. It also offers more options in the areas of setting permissions and sorting data. More on this to come!

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Will these changes affect how I manage my BIM 360 licenses?

Licensing and license management works the same as before. Collaboration for Revit is the only BYOL (bring-your-own-license) piece in all of this; it’s licensing structure is similar to AutoCAD’s and Revit’s. Anything else that is labeled as “BIM 360” is provided and administered via each host.

Has project hosting changed?

Project hosting works the same as before.

What is BIM 360 Build?

BIM 360 Build refers to what was previously known as BIM 360 Field. It now includes:

  • Insight tools
  • Field Management with an option to use Classic Field (which most general contractors should still do!)
  • Model Coordination with an option to use Classic Glue (which is recommended for Navisworks users, general contractors, and other avid Glue users)
  • Document management tools
  • Project management tools
  • BIM 360 Plan

I hope this quick FAQ helped simplify some of the latest changes to the BIM 360 portfolio. As always, we’re dedicated to your success, so let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you would like answered!

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