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Autodesk Model Coordination

Model Coordination provides a coordination space to upload, review, and run a clash service on your latest set of project models. During a construction project, two designers may be working separately on architectural and electrical models. These two models need to be coordinated before any construction begins, to ensure they fit together.


During a construction project, two designers may be working separately on architectural and electrical models. These two models need to be coordinated before any construction begins, to help ensure that they fit together. A clash may occur if, for example, a pipe carrying electrical cables overlaps with a wall. In this case, one of the models would need to be modified to remove the overlap, and therefore resolve the clash.

Detect clashes

When project administrators first sign into Model Coordination, they are asked to create a coordination space and select a folder in the Document Management module to configure it against. Team members with access to the folder can then upload models for review and clash coordination.

When 3D RVT, DWG, NWC, and IFC models are added to the coordination space, Model Coordination’s clash service automatically detects any clashes between the objects in those models.

Project members can then review the detected clashes and either mark clashes as ‘Not an issue’ if no action is required or create an issue for further investigation.

Project administrators can also manage clash settings after setting up a coordination space, opting models in and out of automatic clash detection as required.

Review models

In addition to clash detection, Model Coordination can be used to combine related subsets of your project data into groups, for example representing a specific level of a building. These unified Views can then be used to streamline clash and issue workflows.

You can also transform your models to ensure correct alignment before performing constructability and clash reviews.

Revit Issues Add-In | Overview Panel

This month we’re launching an Overview panel in the Revit Issues Add-In. These design coordination tools in Revit provide architects, MEP, or structural engineers the information they need to prevent issues, and design with construction in mind.

With the Overview panel, clash results are presented directly in the desktop, providing Revit users immediate feedback on model conflicts.

The Issues card displays the number of issues for each model, with a link to access all project issues in Autodesk Docs. The clash cards show clash data for the open model and for each model in the selected coordination space. They also provide a link to the clash grid in Model Coordination for further review.

Use this feature with Autodesk BIM Collaborate to unlock the contributions of the greater project team for faster coordination and fewer issues hitting the site.


Above, Below, and Between Clash Tolerance Filters

Above, below, and between clash tolerance filters allow BIM managers and non-BIM experts alike to find and clear clashes.

For example, a customer can use the Below a value option to quickly identify non-issues, all the clashes with tolerances below a specified value. Easily select the clashes left after applying the filter and mark them all as Not an issue. This is useful for something like duct insolation, or any other known installation tolerance.

To focus in on the most serious clashes, use the default Above a value option to refine your results, by identifying and narrowing down problem areas. Or use the Within a range option to find commonality between clashes, identify unique room characteristics, or move through models one range at a time.

These enhancements, alongside clash grouping by property, and the new clash settings page, enable BIM managers and novice virtual designers to drill down to specific clashes, instead of building a test from the ground up. This lowers the barrier to entry, making coordination work move faster and producing better quality deliverables.


Opt Models Out of Automatic Clash Detection

Focus clash efforts by turning off clash detection for container or background models in the coordination space. Keep background models in the coordination space for use in aggregated views, but remove them from automated clash, reducing unnecessary information.

In the Clashes > Settings page, administrators can search for and deselect models such as architectural models, or floors they’re not working on, and exclude them from clash detection. This focuses teams on addressing clashes that will make the biggest impact on site.

Once the settings are saved, the coordination space is reclashed and the clash grid only shows clashes between the selected models. Excluded models are still displayed in the clash grid but will be blank in each cell. ​​​​​​​This feature is especially helpful for companies that break their models into floors, buildings, or even phases.

For more information and help, see the Model Coordination from our Consulting Services.


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What is the PlanGrid Build App?

The PlanGrid Build mobile app is available for members who subscribe to any of the following Autodesk Construction Cloud offerings:

Data syncs to the PlanGrid Build mobile app to ensure that members can complete tasks from anywhere on the job site with access to project data even when offline.

The following table details the mobile app capabilities for each offering:

PlanGrid Mobile App Comparison Matrix

How do you install the PlanGrid Build App?

The PlanGrid Build app is available to install on both android and iOS devices. That way you can use your preferred device, and still access your project information anywhere you go. To ensure best performance, you will want to make sure that your device is able to run the minimum version of the operating system that PlanGrid Build app supports.

PlanGrid Build app supports the following mobile operating system versions:

  • Android: 7.0 or later.
  • iPhone: iOS 15.0 or later.
  • iPad: iPadOS 15.0 or later.
  • iPod touch: iOS 15.0 or later.

Here are the steps to install the PlanGrid Build App:

  1. Open up the App Store on your iOS device, or the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for plangrid (all one word).
  3. Tap the PlanGrid Build App result.
  4. To install:
    • iOS – Tap the cloud icon
    • Android – Tap Install

Once the PlanGrid Build app is installed you are ready to get started. This includes either creating an account (or signing in if you have an existing account), and switching the data center to access information in different locations.


How do you get started using the PlanGrid mobile app?

When you first open the PlanGrid Build mobile app you have the following options:

  • Create an account
  • Sign in to an existing account
  • Switch between the different data centers.

Create Account

If you don’t have an existing Autodesk Account, you can create an account using the app.

Tip: Before creating an account, you can choose which data center you want to store your account’s data in. See Switch Data Center for more information.
  1. Tap Create account.
  2. Enter your name, email address, and create a password.
  3. Tap Create Account.
  4. Verify your account using the verification email sent to your inbox.

    You are redirected to the app and signed in.

  5. Fill in the required details about your company and job.
Sign In

If you already have an Autodesk Account, sign in to start using the app.

  1. Tap Sign in.
  2. Enter your email address and password.
  3. Tap Sign in.
  4. Optionally, set up 2-step verification to protect your account.
Tip: If you sign in to the app and don’t see the products or projects you’re expecting, you may need to sign out and switch data centers.
Switch Data Center

Projects on the ACC platform can be created in different data centers. You can switch between these data centers on the app, to access data stored in different locations.

  1. Tap Switch data center at the bottom of the screen:

  2. Use the menu to choose which data center you want to switch to:

    Note: The Australian data center is currently available for PlanGrid projects only.
  3. Tap Done.
  4. Sign in or Create an account to start using the app.


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Top Things to Know about Autodesk Build

Autodesk Build provides a toolset for managing, sharing, and accessing project documents that result in streamlined workflows between the office, trailer, and job site. You can track the quality and safety of the project with issues and forms. Use RFIs, submittals, and meetings to manage the flow of information in the project. You can even track progress as the project evolves.

Autodesk Build also connects to preconstruction workflows in Autodesk BIM 360, BIM Collaborate, BIM Collaborate Pro (Design Collaboration and Model Coordination), and Cost Management for collaborating on designs, coordinating models, and managing costs.

What is Autodesk Build?

Autodesk Build delivers a deep and connected set of field collaboration and project management tools for builders. These tools are delivered in a single, cloud platform that is easy to deploy, adopt and use while keeping information sharing and workflows controlled and configurable.

The Autodesk Build subscription includes:

  • Autodesk Docs which unifies the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform of products with a common data environment. This centralizes file management, providing users with seamless navigation and integrated workflows to create a single source of truth across the project lifecycle.
  • Cost Management: Connects and improves cost management on one platform. Drives forecast accuracy and predictable cash flow with real-time information and visibility into cost-related risks.
  • Insight: Delivers analytics from the data collected and analyzed, as well as the ability to export that data; encompasses Construction IQ artificial intelligence to identify and mitigate risk.
  • Administration: Provides centralized user management and permissions, templates, and other tools for project setup, as well as a single authentication method for any unified product.

Autodesk Build also includes the PlanGrid Build mobile app, empowering teams to complete tasks from anywhere on the job site with seamless access to all project data, even when offline.

The Autodesk Build subscription is available in three sheet plans:

  • Build 550: You can access up to 550 sheets across all projects
  • Build 5000: You can access up to 5000 sheets across all projects
  • Build Unlimited: You can access an unlimited number of sheets

Your sheet count is the total number of sheets that you have access to in the Sheets tool across all projects that you are a member of. Add and delete sheets as long as you stay below the maximum number of sheets allowed by your plan. All sheets, including all versions, count toward your sheet plan limit. Files hosted in the Files tool do not count against your sheet limit.

What is Autodesk Build Used for?

Document Management

The following document management releases are exclusive to Autodesk Build.

  • Files | Minimap on Mobile – Similar to the web functionality, members on mobile can view a 2D map of their model while they navigate in 3D. This 2D minimap appears at the top of your phone screen. Members can also move the blue dot on the 2D model to adjust their viewing of the 3D model.
  • Files | Gyroscope on Mobile – Members can leverage their mobile device’s built-in gyroscope to experience an immersive interaction with their models while in the field.
  • Files | Levels Navigation on Mobile – Members can utilize the up and down arrows to easily navigate between levels within their model.
  • Files | Improved Properties Display on Mobile – While viewing a 3D model on mobile, members can see a list display that highlights the properties (constraints, dimensions, etc.) within the model.
  • Files | Joystick Toggle for Mobile – While viewing a 3D model on mobile, members can collapse the joystick via the toggle button on the console menu (right-hand side of the mobile screen). This enhancement allows members to maximize their viewing experience.
  • Sheets | Export links with Markups and Auto-callouts – Members on the web can now see two new checkboxes, “Include hyperlinks” and “Include Auto-callouts” on the sheet export configuration panel. From there, exported PDFs highlight any linked markups to simplify the process of accessing needed information.
Project Management
  • Meetings | Edit Meetings on Mobile – Members can edit general meeting information on their mobile devices.
  • Submittals | Watchers Enhancements – Members can add watchers when creating a submittal item, will see the default watcher, and have the ability to bulk add watchers.
  • Submittals | Cover Pages – Cover pages can now be added to submittal attachments. Members can add a blank page, upload their preferred cover page or leverage the built-in cover page that has all relevant submittal information. Once the cover pages are created, members can annotate and add their own stamps.
  • Submittals | Status Summary Report – Members can create a new report highlighting the status of submittal items. The Status Summary report summarizes the status of submittal items by company.
  • Submittals | New Filters – Members can now filter Submittal Items by Responsible Contractor and Manager.
  • Schedule | Share Schedule Views – Members can share a filtered schedule view instantly from the web with other project members.
  • Schedule | Filter activities by references (web) – Members can now filter by activities that contain references, as well as filter by specific reference type.
  • Schedule | Turn on reference column (web) – Members can now enable the reference field as a column when viewing the schedule.
  • Schedule | Add vertical lines for milestones (web) – Members can now add vertical lines for milestones when viewing the schedule in Gantt view.
  • Schedule | List Improvement (web) – Members can now sort schedules by name on the thumbnail page as well as view the schedules in the list view.
  • Schedule | Add References in iOS – Members can now link references to schedule activities in iOS such as Photos, Files, Sheets, Assets, and Issues.
  • Schedule | View Schedule in Android – Members can now access the Schedule tool on Android.
Field Management
  • Photos | Additional Autotags (Beta) – 4 additional tags – wiring, lighting, insulation, and heavy equipment – that will be automatically applied to existing project photos as well as new photos uploaded into the gallery.
  • Assets | Linked Markups on Sheets – When creating a markup on a sheet, members can directly link an asset to the markup.
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