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New Features for BIM 360

Autodesk, Inc. announces enhancements to BIM 360, including a newly designed layout app for mobile devices on Android operating systems. Autodesk also unveiled new BIM 360 features that make the project setup process easier and increase collaboration between the field and the office, with expanded machine learning capabilities to better identify risk.


Traditionally, construction layout and verification tasks were handled by 1 or 2 trained individuals who had access to siloed point information and knew how to operate complex layout equipment. BIM 360 Layout solves this major pain point by making the layout process easy for any construction team member. With model data accessible directly from within Layout via the cloud, anyone on a project team can now collaborate across the BIM 360 unified platform. BIM 360 Layout also enables construction teams to connect a coordinated model directly to the layout process with Robotic Total Stations and GPS devices, increasing jobsite productivity, and reducing rework and waste while improving the accuracy of staked or installed building components.


Features in the enhanced BIM 360 Layout app include the following:


Direct sync with the cloud: With access to the most up-to-date project information from the cloud, teams can verify changes or layout points directly from the model, collect real-world conditions while out in the field, create deviation reports and update models based on actual conditions. Issues can also be created in the Layout app, unifying workflows within the common BIM 360 data platform.


Direct connection to Robotic Total Stations and GPS devices: Users can connect BIM 360 Layout directly to Robotic Total Stations such as Topcon, Sokkia or Leica Geosystems, as well as any external GPS devices, including NMEA data format-supported hardware or even GPS in a mobile phone. A seamless connection allows for greater precision in layouts and a reduction of issues, RFIs and ultimately, rework.


Intuitive and user-friendly UI: With an easy-to-use interface, BIM 360 Layout empowers any team member to contribute to the layout process without needing to be a layout expert, facilitating greater cross-team involvement and collaboration.

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