Friday, 24 May 2013

BIM 360 Glue

Finally I have gotten access to BIM 360 Glue.

I am quiet excited about the possibilities of this product. Basically it's navisworks in the cloud. This opens some very interesting communication options for companies working together.

Autodesk states that Glue offers:
  • Enable more stakeholders to contribute
  • Gain better project insight with up-to-date, single project view
  • Improve project delivery with less RFI’s and better coordination
  • Manage & resolve conflicts in pre-construction
  • Anytime, Anywhere
  • Design Review
  • 3D Coordination
  • Clash Detection
  • Includes Mobile Application
It's not going to replace Navisworks at all. It complements it communication abilities.

It extends typical navisworks functionality to people without Navisworks. Below I'll give you an impression of glue in screenshots.

Starting in Navisworks
Notice the Glue it button. This is a separate add in you can download from:

Glue it
Create folders

BIM 360 glue is launched from a website:
 Open your project
 It very much feels like you download some form of the navisworks engine. Notice al the Navisworks features.
 My Revit models keep turning up in annoying imperial units. Might have something to do with Revit running on an imperial engine underneath.
 Show and hide like you would in Navisworks.
 Create views and share them directly to someone who needs to see this
Section planes
 And ofcourse mark ups

 But also Clash detection online! (not with all the feature you have in Navisworks but still very nice)
 The clash shown under is a bit stupid but the emphasis for this picture is more on the inofrmation screens and the ability to contact people about this clash. If you send a clash to someone they will get a link which they can open in their browser. (chrome like browsers seem to work best)

After you have merged uploaded models you may also download an nwd. I didn't yet get class results in the nwd or the views I created but I think that's just a matter of time.
 Although you can change the units in BIM 360 glue, I have not yet been able to get a autocad dwg and a revit model on the same spot as I do in Navisworks. This might be just me at the moment. (another option is first sticking the stuf together in NAvisworks and then glue them.) I'll look into it and if it needs additional trickeries I'll blog about it)

Autodesk Bim 360 Glue is a very promising tool. Be aware that the major software packages have already plugins to add content to glue. (Revit Navisworks Civil 3D and Autocad)

If you are interested get a trial account here:


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