Managing files between the site and the office can be a pain. While people on the site collaborate in BIM 360 by viewing and marking up files via apps on their mobile devices, folks in the office often times use multiple desktop applications to work with those same files. Without proper cloud sync for construction drawings and documents, your team might not always be working with the most up-to-date documents, which leads to errors and delays in communication.
Project teams working on desktops express frustration around the download and upload process. Files that are downloaded to a desktop for viewing and manipulation continue to exist in the cloud, where they may be changed or viewed in real time. Once complete, they then have to upload the file back to the cloud and hope that it hasn’t created a conflict.
Likewise, folks working in a design function want to be able to manipulate files in real-time and get new information to the field quickly. This is difficult with traditional download-upload functions on desktops.
Here’s how we’ve begun to tackle the problem with the Desktop Connector for BIM 360 plugin. Think of it like Dropbox for Construction.
What is the Desktop Connector for BIM 360?
The Desktop Connector for BIM 360 connects the cloud seamlessly to your desktop. It allows you to open, save, move, rename, and delete 2D and 3D files from your cloud-based BIM 360 projects just as you would any other files or folders saved locally. Changes made from your desktop are automatically synced to BIM 360.
Watch BIM 360 Desktop Connector in Action
Here’s What You’ll Love About Cloud Sync for Your Construction Drawings and Documents
The Desktop Connector for BIM 360 is going to make a lot of things easier for you. Here are three of them:
- A more seamless workflow. In our fast paced environment, fewer clicks is better. With Desktop Connector, you’ll no longer have to download files in order to edit them, and then upload them when you’re done. You can simply open, edit, and save.
- Eliminates silos. With traditional file sharing, it’s easy for a the same file to be opened by different people in different locations, which can lead to version conflicts and rework. In other cases, if files are downloaded to be edited and then not immediately re-uploaded back to the shared cloud, they can end up stuck on individual computers making it impossible for the team to view any timely edits. With Desktop Connector, files are automatically synced back to the cloud almost as soon as you save them, and everybody is working from the same source of truth instead of copies of it.
- Dynamic linking. With Desktop Connector, you can link files on BIM 360 to other files, and the links will remain intact for use by others on your team.This is especially important with large design files that have embedded links to other documents. Dynamic linking allows linked paths to read from BIM 360, rather than your local desktop. This means once you’ve linked a file, it remains linked within the entire team environment.
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How to Access BIM 360 Desktop Connector
We’ve made it easy to get the benefits of the Desktop Connector for BIM 360 right now. Simply visit the download page and follow the instructions to download and install the application. Once it’s installed you’ll see BIM 360 (Preview) as a data source option.
We’re excited to offer this new tool for our customers to improve your workflows and collaboration. Watch this short video to walk you through a preview of how the Desktop Connector for BIM 360 works. Check it out and let us know how you like it. We look forward to your feedback!