Why BIM 360 Enables True Team Collaboration - A Platform For Construction Project Delivery

BIM has been evolving as a process in the Building and Construction industry since the 1970’s, defining ways to make construction projects completed more robustly and cost effectively. Back then BIM was being done the old fashioned way, with plans being faxed and later emailed to people for their reviews. That wasn’t such a long time ago either.

Over the last 10 years, as cloud technology became a reality, it changed the whole process of BIM. It was like a turbo charge boost to construction businesses being able to use BIM for Team Collaboration. For a team of people working together on a building project from many different locations, being able to access up to date project information was a big step forward and a huge benefit.

A few years on and BIM is evolving with products like BIM 360

Autodesk’s construction products have historically been focussed on the design phase. Now their products address both the design, construction and handover phase with the introduction of BIM 360.

Whether you are sitting next to each other in the office or 1000 km away makes no difference, the tools available now for co-working are enabling true collaboration. You can view, share and review your files in the cloud with your team whenever and wherever you need to.

Where once a project was designed by the design team, then handed over to the construction team to build, the entire project now has all stakeholders involved from start to end, with everyone focussed only on their roles within the project, but able to keep a high level overview of the project’s development.

Of course it makes sense to have a project managed this way. But before cloud based technology became a reality, this was virtually (pardon the pun) impossible. This level of team collaboration is only available today because technology has enabled it. Thanks to cloud-based services!

Autodesk’s BIM 360 family of products allows everyone involved in a building project to be involved from design to construction

So, wherever you are – in the local city, interstate or aboard, whether you are the designer, architect, engineer or builder, you can log in via a web browser, access the latest and most up to date documents for a construction, do mark-ups and reviews, download any necessary papers and get on with the next stage of your work. And everyone on the team is kept up to date with the changes you have just made.

The process of the building phase defines the success of the project - summarising the benefits of BIM 360

The BIM 360 suite of products supports and accelerates the building project’s delivery which has a direct impact on the success of a project. BIM 360 improves the process of construction by managing the entire lifecycle from design to handover by:

  • Supporting informed decision making throughout the project lifecycle from documentation and design reviews to construction and handover
  • Connecting all the people, data and workflows on your project so everyone can see the big picture
  • Enabling anytime anywhere access to project data so you can recruit the best people for the job no matter where they are located
  • Providing a shared database of project information spanning pre-construction through to handover
  • Analysing data for quality and safety, future planning and handover

Connect, predict, correct, improve your construction project

BIM 360 creates an environment where the project can be assessed and reviewed, corrected and improved at any time by any member of the project team who has been allocated certain controls inside BIM 360 by the project administrator. In a simple sense, the BIM 360 cloud environment enables the following:

  • Connects the team – eliminates silos of information and out of date project data so that you are always working on up to date data.
  • Predicts problems – everyone’s input makes it possible to review plans in detail during the pre-construction phase.
  • Corrects problems – Provides an opportunity for improvement.
  • Improves the process – being able to analyse collective information makes it easier to find issues to improve upon ultimately resulting in a better building construction overall.

Autodesk’s BIM 360 includes the following products

The BIM 360 family of products takes you from design to preconstruction, to construction, to commission and handover, to operation. The software components, which are all cloud based, include the following:

  • BIM 360 Docs – creates a haven for all your documents in one secure place accessible by everyone on the project team. This means the entire team is building from one set of up to date design and construction documents.
  • BIM 360 Glue – coordinates project reviews and coordination workflows for the entire team.
  • BIM 360 Plan – brings order to weekly project plans and spreadsheet and master plan printouts.
  • BIM 360 Field – for 2D and 3D documents, mobile accessible field information at the point of construction, for everything required onsite to improve quality and safety.
  • BIM 360 Ops – extends the BIM process to the commission and handover phase so that all the intelligence and data of the building goes with it to the new facility management team.


What is BIM 360 Team and what are the benefits?

Where BIM 360 is Autodesk’s suite of software for AEC, BIM 360 Team is cloud based design collaboration software that works with any AEC software. It brings the project team together and allows designers, architects, engineers and other project stakeholders to work together on a project from start to end.

BIM 360 Team includes:

  • Centralised 500 GB cloud storage per user
  • Ability to view, comment, and markup features
  • Tracking of version history
  • Web and mobile access to BIM models

BIM 360 Team supports more than 100 different file types of which more than 60 are 2D and 3D design files, from both Autodesk and non-Autodesk software. So it doesn’t matter what design and construction software products you are using, BIM 360 team works with many types and brings the collaboration benefits to your business

Project administrators manage the project team and allocate who has access to what level of features and decision making. They can also create calendars for project timelines and commitments. They can provide access to specific design files depending on your role in the team.

Here is a 6 minute video showing an overview of how you can use BIM 360 Team in your business.

Redstack is a leading provider of BIM (Building Information Modelling) Services, Consultation and Training (

Redstack provide BIM Consulting and Management services to architecture, engineering and construction professionals. Redstack  has extensive experience implementing BIM on major projects throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Contact Redstack on 1300 667 263 or +61 8 8360 7000 to talk to us about BIM and our suite of products, or to discuss BIM Training or BIM Consulting and Services. For Autodesk BIM 360 software please visit the Redstack online store or give us a call.


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