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Autodesk BIM 360 Glue: An Overview


Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, the next generation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), is for anyone, anywhere, at any time. Building, infrastructure, design, and construction professionals can access intelligent, model-based workflows through a broad range of cloud-based services within the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform that provide mobility, accessibility, and virtually infinite computing power.

Autodesk BIM 360 helps multidiscipline design and construction teams improve project outcomes by moving computation-intensive tasks to the cloud, enabling more rapid visualization and simulation and optimized collaboration with access to intelligent, data-rich models.

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is a cloud-based BIM Management solution that facilitates BIM collaboration by helping to simplify multi-discipline model coordination and clash detection and providing anywhere access for all stakeholders across the project lifecycle. This helps architects, engineers, owners, and builders across the globe to collaborate and coordinate in real time from the office or from mobile devices.

Getting started in Autodesk® BIM 360™ Glue® begins when you receive an email invitation to join a BIM 360 Glue project. Glue invitations are managed by a host organization such as a general contractor, engineering firm, or owner organization. Glue is a hosted service where a site is set up, usually done at a company or project level. Once the site is created, a designated Glue Administrator can invite users to the project.

This program has a number of incredibly useful applications:

·  One-Click Access to BIM – Bring the team to the live, project model from anywhere, at any time.

·  Cloud-Based Multidiscipline BIM Coordination – Help coordinate and manage all project models—with support for over 50 file and data formats—aggregating into a single merged coordination model.

·  Real-time Coordination and Clash Detection – help identify and avoid potential problems with cloud-based, real-time coordination, clash detection, and reporting.

·  Clash Pinpoint and Round-Trip Clash Resolution – Isolate clashing elements from Autodesk® BIM 360TM Glue directly in Revit® software products and AutoCAD® software. View clashes in context, update the model to address the clashes, and submit the revised model to Glue.

·  Review and Markup – Review the latest model, associate comments and questions to objects in the model, and send notifications.

·  Immersive Mobile Experience – securely access BIM 360 Glue projects from anywhere – online or offline. Explore multi-discipline project models, navigate through saved views, access object properties, and use viewing controls to hide and reveal models and model objects.

·  Measure in the Field – Verify model dimensions with intuitive point-to-point measurement tools. point-to-point measurement tools app. Measure the shortest distance between selected objects to verify clearances.

·  Application Integration – Connect the latest model views to external project control systems for BIM viewing, RFI’s and other processes.

Perhaps the most useful feature of this new program is its mobile application. By simply picking up an iPad, anyone can get a general or a very specific acquaintance with the project.


BIM 360 Glue is already being used by professionals in the field – and with much success. SERA Architects in Portland, OR, is one of the companies that has collaborated with Autodesk to help test drive the product on one of their projects. Faced with a limited budget, limited time, and seemingly unlimited trouble from contractors, SERA was able to tie up a great deal of their loose ends, solve problems before they happened, and ultimately finish the project on time and under budget – something that might not have happened without the assistance of the new program.

In conclusion, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue might be opening a new door to easier, faster, and cheaper construction. It allows everybody involved in a project to have both the intimacy and the freewill that they require to turn in good work. When everybody is on the same page, able to look at the same things and make changes that update in real time, there is much less confusion and error in projects. Ultimately, one of our greatest tools as a human race is the ability to communicate intelligently. Autodesk BIM 360 Glue allows us to do that again in the field of construction.

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue: Potential Uses

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is a powerful new tool from Autodesk that allows for instant cloud-based access to drawings and BIM models at the touch of a button. Primarily this software (and accompanying mobile app) would be used for better communication between architects, engineers, contractors, and owners – allowing everybody instant access to BIM models – in order to cut down on confusion and save time on corrections and ultimately make the construction process faster, simpler, more efficient, and less expensive. So this is a very useful device for real-world practicality, but at this point not many other uses have been explored for this program. As students, we are blessed with fairly unrestricted access to some of the industry’s brightest and shiniest new gadgets and software. Some are more useful to us than others; some we use every day while others we dread to think about. Yet the fact remains that they are there and are at our disposal (at least while we’re here…then we have to start paying big bucks). Surely, though, there must be some use that students or other non-professional people can get out of this particular software. Could it be used as a teaching device? Could it be used on smaller-scale projects? That’s what I would like to find out.

One of the great things about BIM 360 Glue is its ability to go mobile. The iPad app that comes with this program allows you to take your model with you wherever you go. And what better place to take your model than the site? BIM 360 Glue gives the user the ability to virtually stand inside of a model and explore it from room to room. With the use of the iPad’s gyroscopes, you can actually “look around” the model as well. This feature could be incredibly useful to students who have a model and want to really experience how it interacts with the site. Let’s say a student has made a BIM model and wants to see the view from the big south-facing lobby windows. Normally this would require site photos, some creative Photoshop, and a lot of speculation. With 360 Glue, a student can actually stand “in the model” on the site and see what would be seen in real life. This could potentially really enhance the student’s design.

Of course the most beneficial application of 360 Glue is for collaboration with others over long distances. Normally this would be between professionals, but why not use this application for collaboration between students? 360 Glue could open up opportunities for cooperation between schools in a way that has never been possible before. With its help, it’s not outside of the realm of imagination to have inter-university collaborative studio projects. UC students could potentially someday work on studio projects with students in California. This would be an exciting and incredibly enriching learning environment.

In conclusion, there hasn’t yet been much experimentation done with 360 Glue to determine its other uses. However, it’s a program that is fairly broad in its scope and could easily be implemented for other uses or adjusted to meet other needs.

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The Table of Architecture, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, was on public display in 2010 in the historic Cavour Square in Padua, Italy. Part of a winning design for an annual celebration of architecture, this “table” pushed the limitations and expectations of woodcraft, prompting people to wonder if it’s really made of wood, or if it is merely an imitation? Careful computation and a computer model were necessary in its fabrication.

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this object is its stark contrast from its surroundings. Set in the middle a very old and very historic public square, it naturally draws the attention of pedestrians who, like me, interact with it in a number of different ways.This strategy is extremely well-executed. By contrasting two very different kinds of beauty, the object becomes the subject of much closer scrutiny and, in turn, can serve its function as both a piece of artwork and a creator of public space – which is exactly what we are trying to do with our own project.

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