BIM 360: What Do I Need to Know About “Next Gen?”
Many of our customers are successfully integrating BIM 360 solutions in to their respective companies. Whether it be BIM 360 Field, or BIM 360 Glue, or BIM 360 Plan… Autodesk officially release the ‘Next Gen’ for their BIM 360 line on April 9th of this year. At the same time, they changed the name of the original products to ‘classic.’ …which begs the question: why is Autodesk changing something up that is already successful? To answer that question, we need to understand what the current issue or issues are with the ‘classic’ products. The main issue we’ve heard is that each of the ‘classic’ products functioned within their own silos. So, the challenge has been deciding with product would fit best for the customer needs. Docs, Glue, Plan, Field, etc. all had their individual strengths…but remained in their own silos. Work function silos are artifacts of a time when information was scarce, and connections were few. Now, Autodesk has taken all the core functions with within the classic products and have re-written them to be inter-connected with each other and away from the silos. (With the exception of BIM 360 Plan and BIM 360 Ops, those are remaining in their own silos for now) The ‘next gen’ products are as follows: BIM 360 Docs, BIM 360 Design, BIM 360 Glue, and BIM 360 Build. Here is an image illustrating those core functions of what we know and where we can find them within the new ‘next gen’ products. Now, whether we are within Design, or Glue, or Build, or Docs, we can access all of the project data without needing to jump or into or copy content in to another silo. -Written by Justin DeVore, ATG Technical Specialist Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com. Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.