Which BIM 360 Products Do You Need?

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It can be a little confusing when first considering BIM 360 which products one will need. Excluding BIM 360 Plan and BIM 360 Ops, below is shown the New Generation BIM 360 offering which all leverage the BIM 360 Document Management module as the Common Data Environment.

Autodesk, Micrographics, BIM 360, Licenses

Except for the Design license (with which one can join onto any project one is invited to), all these licenses are held by either the Lead, Principal Agent or the Client themselves. These licenses are then assigned to others on an as need basis.

It is interesting to note that there is one person (the project administrator) who will have insight into each and every folder and file that is loaded into the CDE. Contractually this person would have to show restraint such that they don’t access documents that may open them to a conflict of interest.

Autodesk indicates the modules needed per role, which may be included under various products.

Autodesk, Micrographics, BIM 360, Licenses

As an exercise, I mapped the modules needed to licenses for a project that is worth, say, R200 million. The green cells indicate the product is needed; red cells that they are not. Yellow cells indicate design licenses, which would typically be owned by a consultant.

Autodesk, Micrographics, BIM 360, Licenses

The licenses represent a good chunk of money, but consider that on clash detection alone, the functionality of the platforms should more than pay for the licenses.

If you are considering adopting BIM 360 as your CDE, contact Micrographics so we may advise on the licenses required, their cost, setup and training.