Autodesk Docs Offering Frequently Asked Questions
On June 2, in addition to announcing new workflows to help customers comply with ISO 19650 standards and the ability to primarily store project data in Europe for various Autodesk Construction Cloud products, Autodesk announced that there will be a standalone purchase option for Autodesk Docs available soon. Autodesk Docs' Common Data Environment (CDE) enables powerful, yet simplified collaboration and data management, creating a single source of truth across the project lifecycle.
Previously, Autodesk Docs was included with any subscription for Autodesk Construction Cloud and the AEC Collection. On July 7th, customers will have the choice of subscribing to Autodesk Docs as a standalone, through the AEC Collection, or along with Autodesk Construction Cloud products.
In addition, on July 7th, the "BIM 360 Docs" offering will be rebranded to "Autodesk Docs". This change reflects access to the new Autodesk Construction Cloud platform through Autodesk Docs being added to the BIM 360 Docs offering at no additional cost.
Over the last year, we've seen cloud collaboration shift from a nice-to-have to a must-have. Autodesk Docs' Common Data Environment (CDE) enables powerful, yet simplified collaboration and data management, creating a single source of truth across the project lifecycle. By adding a standalone purchase option for Autodesk Docs, customers now have more options to better connect data and teams across all project phases.
Each of the new subscription offerings contains entitlements to a set of products and tools.
Autodesk Docs, a common data environment, is a centralized document management solution that acts as a single source of truth across the project lifecycle for all teams. With Autodesk Docs, AEC teams can simplify collaboration and data management across design to construction and streamline document review and approval workflows.
It is included with subscriptions to Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro, Autodesk Takeoff and Autodesk Build, in the AEC Collection, as well as standalone.
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While each offering contains many of the same common data environment features today, Autodesk Docs supports document management for projects on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform, while BIM 360 Docs supports document management for projects on the BIM 360 platform. With Autodesk Docs, subscribers can access projects on the Autodesk Construction Cloud or BIM 360 platforms.
Learn more about Autodesk Construction Cloud: https://construction.autodesk.com.
Yes, if you have access to Autodesk Docs through a standalone subscription, the AEC Collection, Autodesk BIM Collaborate, Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro, then you can access projects on both the Autodesk Construction Cloud and the BIM 360 platforms.
There are two types of projects, depending on where it is hosted. There are BIM 360 projects and Autodesk Construction Cloud projects.
"BIM 360 project(s)", "project(s) on/in BIM 360", and "project(s) on the BIM 360 platform" are all appropriate ways to refer to projects in BIM 360.
The same applies to Autodesk Construction Cloud projects where "Autodesk Construction Cloud project(s)" and "project(s) on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform" are the preferred nomenclature.
Yes, while functionality is similar at this time, Autodesk Docs has its own development roadmaps, separate from BIM 360 Docs. This means that new features and functionality added to Autodesk Docs on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform are not guaranteed to be added to BIM 360 Document Management.
Autodesk Insight empowers architects and engineers to design more energy-efficient buildings with advanced simulation engines and building performance analysis data integrated in Revit.
Insight for Autodesk Construction Cloud is an ecosystem that delivers Autodesk Construction Cloud project-level data, analytics, and predictive insights. It can help get you up to speed with what's going on in a project, assess trends and patterns in project data, identify any gaps and problems, and use predictive risk data to improve project efficiency.
The Insight module in BIM 360 offers similar functionality to Insight for Autodesk Construction Cloud.
There are no plans to discontinue the BIM 360 platform, and Autodesk will continue to provide customers with the access and support they need for existing projects at this time.
With the launch of Autodesk Docs standalone purchase offering, the BIM 360 Docs offering will no longer be available for purchase.
All customers that previously purchased BIM 360 Docs will now show that their purchase has been rebranded to Autodesk Docs and now includes access to Autodesk Construction Cloud. There are no price changes for customers.
As with all parts of BIM 360, there are no plans to discontinue the BIM 360 platform.
A direct operational email notifying customers of the changes will be sent to contract managers of BIM 360 Docs prior to the change on July 7, 2021, linking to this full-length FAQ. There is also a press release from June 2, 2021 that announced the availability of Autodesk Docs standalone purchase option.
Once Contract Managers have set up access to the Autodesk Construction Cloud, they can invite users to the account and project and provide access to the included modules.
In Autodesk Account, contract managers should ensure they have assigned entitlements to Autodesk Docs as applicable.
The functionality of the Account Admin modules in Autodesk Construction Cloud mirrors that of the Autodesk Account portal, which means Account Administrators can assign subscriptions for Autodesk Docs, Autodesk BIM Collaborate, Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro, Autodesk Takeoff and Autodesk Build to users in Account Admin. This will make administration easier on new projects in Autodesk Construction Cloud going forward.
Users who were already Account Administrators should follow these steps to enable access to Autodesk Docs and to invite project members:
Figure: Autodesk Construction Cloud Account Admin and Account Member areas.
Figure: Autodesk Construction Cloud Project Admin and Project Member areas.
"License", "seat", and "subscription" essentially indicate the provision of access to an Autodesk offering, product, or service.
BIM 360 or Autodesk Construction Cloud users in Revit, Civil 3D, and Plant 3D will need a license in Autodesk Accounts as well as an invite to a project.
Users who are only working in BIM 360 document management on the web or mobile-only need an invite to the project.
Yes, support for ISO 19650 workflows is available in both Autodesk Docs and BIM 360 Document Management, helping customers' compliance with ISO 19650 standards.
Yes, Autodesk Docs subscribers will have unlimited storage on the Autodesk Construction Cloud.
APIs will be available, but there may not be 1:1 parity between the APIs available in the Autodesk Construction Cloud and those in BIM 360. For more detailed information about specific APIs please reach out to the Autodesk Developer Network.
You can log into acc.autodesk.com and access both Autodesk Construction Cloud and BIM 360 projects from the Projects home view. The icon next to the project name identifies the type of project.
In the UI of the authoring tools (Revit, Civil 3D, Plant 3D, and Desktop Connector), there is currently no indication whether it is a BIM 360 or Autodesk Construction Cloud project.
In the web UI, the BIM 360 environment will have a dark banner, while the Autodesk Construction Cloud will have a light banner.
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BYOS continues to work in a similar way. For more information, please refer to this page.
Yes, you can still provide licenses to your consultants.
However, be aware that their consultant could use that license to access any project to which they've been invited.
At this time, there is not a way to prevent the consultant from accessing other projects with the license.
For BIM 360 document management only users, they can simply be invited to a project.
For users in Autodesk Construction Cloud projects, they'll need to be entitled to those services in Autodesk Accounts as well as invited to a project.
If you know the user you want to provide access to does not have a subscription, there is a public share link that can be generated to allow that external user to collaborate on that document.
If a user without a subscription is given file access or invited to a project, their experience will depend on which platform the project is hosted.
For BIM 360 projects, they'll be added to the project, but for Autodesk Construction Cloud projects, users without a subscription will have the option to start a trial or purchase Autodesk Docs.
Yes, all users of the Autodesk Construction Cloud must have a license for the functionality they are using to contribute to their project(s). In Autodesk Construction Cloud, an account can only provide access based on the number of licenses they have purchased. Alternatively, a user can be invited to a project and be asked to purchase her or his own license to contribute.
Users are responsible for having enough licenses to cover everyone in their account as Autodesk reserves the right to audit usage and potentially force users to purchase enough subscriptions to cover all users in their account(s).
No, users will only be counted once even if they have access to both BIM 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud projects.
Project analytics can be viewed in the Insight module in the platform where the project is hosted. There are no combined analytics at this time.
Yes, but you will need a contract with a different contract manager for each account. The additional contracts need at least 1 seat of BIM Collaborate or BIM Collaborate Pro, Autodesk Build, or Autodesk Docs to set up the account, and then anyone in your company can access those accounts/tenants as covered under BYOS.
Existing BIM 360 Docs subscriptions will be upgraded to Autodesk Docs automatically on a 1:1 rate.
Autodesk is working on a migration tool. Availability TBD.
Until the tool is available, we recommend that existing projects would remain on BIM 360, while new projects can be created on the Autodesk Construction Cloud or BIM 360 platforms.