by Nigel Ambayec, January 24, 2017

Fusion Team & BIM 360 Team

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Many of us face challenges when trying to collaborate via email or shared network drives. Not being in sync with your engineering and design departments can create roadblocks that set your team back.

The good news? These are common problems solved using a Data Management Tool like Fusion Team or BIM 360 Team. In this recent Autodesk Virtual Academy, Rich Sanchez joined to showcase the functionality of Fusion Team / BIM 360 Team and illustrate how it helps your team stay connected. Let’s look at how you can access designs from any device, manage data in a central location, and capture feedback from your team with these tools.

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What are Fusion Team & BIM 360 Team?

Fusion Team and BIM 360 Team started out as the same product – A360 Team. Recently, Autodesk made the decision to split A360 Team into two products.

BIM 360 Team is a cloud-based solution for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction design teams. It comes equipped with project collaboration tools built to bring collaboration to stakeholders. Fusion Team is a cloud-based solution for Product Design and Manufacturing design teams who need project collaboration tools and better communication between customers and their supply chain. You’ll notice it’s the same description – just targeted at two different industries.

Both Fusion Team and BIM 360 Team have the same functionality as A360 Team, just with some added benefits. For example, with either option, you’ll benefit from 500GB of storage per user. You also have additional user access control.

What Challenges Do Fusion Team & BIM 360 Team Solve?

Rich Sanchez started the presentation discussing common problems many teams face. These challenges include:

Reviewing Designs – Communication is a major challenge that leads to problems in the review process. Feedback is vital, but various methods of sharing feedback slow the process and delay momentum.

Delays and Rework – Any misinterpretation due to the challenge in communicating can lead to costly delays and rework.

Different File Formats – It’s likely that members from different teams are using different tools and file-types. Fusion Team and BIM 360 Team offer a way to review designs without the need for CAD software.

Sharing and Finding Files – When it comes to sharing files with collaboration in mind, lost files, revision issues, and large data files can create challenges.

Tracking Activity – How efficient is the process on this project compared to the last project? The ability to track activity lets you dive into what’s working and what needs to be improved.

After the presentation, Rich took some time to answer some questions from viewers.

Q&A

Does BIM 360 Team look different than Fusion Team?

As far as appearance, color and logo are the only difference between Fusion Team and BIM 360 Team. 

What is the difference between Fusion Team and Fusion Lifecycle?

Fusion Team is the collaboration tool we looked at in this presentation. Fusion Lifecycle is a Product Lifecycle Management solution that gives an in-depth look at managing product lines. For more information, see the Fusion Lifecycle Website.


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