BIM 360 Docs – ‘Shall I compare thee to a rose?’

I’m not much of a poet but I did remember a few lines from the odd English class (Google helps). We may not be comparing buildings to roses but it is often nice to find a ‘Needle in the Haystack’.

A couple of releases back, Autodesk updated BIM 360 Docs with a tool that gives users the ability to overlay revisions of drawings to compare (or contrast) the differences within. A wonderful update that justifies that you can realise workflows within this app. The latest release bumps up this functionality one step further with a colour mode. The latest revision of the drawing appears as the overlay in ‘blue’. The compared revision (as underlay) appears in red. It just gives that little bit extra when searching for objects that may have changed.

When in ‘Align’ mode, the user can pan the overlay, just as an animation artist might keep flipping the pages of his comic to check the next panel represents a future moment. Engineers and Designers are of course artists in their own right and being able communicate their revisions in the clearest way is a sure way of reducing risk and misunderstanding. A metric at the forefront of BIM 360 implementations.

The colour mode also gives a much clearer interpretation of the ‘Slider' functionality and helps define the line of sight.

In the ‘olden days’, you might have to squint a bit to understand where a change was. Here we can see that a change in alignment is clear.

We are starting to see real value in the Autodesk’s latest addition to the BIM 360 portfolio. Workflows are starting to appear and the potential value of this tool is exciting. I think we can all agree that there is space to grow here but kudos to Autodesk for giving us a ‘Future full of Roses’.

If you are interested in knowing more about how BIM 360 Docs can assist your business, then please get in touch.

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