How to integrate Autodesk BIM 360 Docs & Field with your HoloBuilder project

Integrate Autodesk BIM 360 with HoloBuilder for the full experience and even better project documentation.

1 About BIM 360 Integration
1.1 Supported Features
1.2 Autodesk login
2 Connecting your BIM 360 account
2.1 Connect your HoloBuilder account with your BIM 360 account
2.2 Connect a HoloBuilder project to a BIM 360 project
3 BIM 360 Docs
3.1 Adding .pdf files
3.2 Adding .png/.jpg images files
3.3 Adding .obj/.dae 3D models
4 BIM 360 Field
4.1 Create new issue
4.2 Edit an issue
4.3 Remove an issue
Support

1 About BIM 360 Integration

To make HoloBuilder even greater, we work on new ways to make your life easier each day. Our integration with Autodesk BIM 360 is just one step on the way.

1.1 Supported Features

With the new BIM 360 integration in HoloBuilder, it is possible to connect your Autodesk BIM 360 Docs as well as BIM 360 Field account with your HoloBuilder account for a more convenient file management and task handling.

BIM 360 Docs connection

Import files directly from your BIM 360 Docs account into HoloBuilder. There is no need anymore to download and export your files from BIM 360 Docs anymore, you can simply access and use them from within HoloBuilder. Add .pdf or images of your floor plans directly to your HoloBuilder project to work on. Furthermore, you can insert 360-degree images saved formerly unconnected in your Docs account into HoloBuilder to get the whole picture. Learn more!

BIM 360 Field connection coming later this year with the new BIM 360 Field Gen. 2 release by Autodesk!

With the BIM 360 Field connection, it is possible to embed issues directly into the 360-degree scene. Place issues within a 360-degree image of your actual site to give anyone working on it the best access to the complete context. Learn more!

1.2 Login with Autodesk

To avoid having yet again a new password and account to remember, you can also sign up to HoloBuilder with your already existing Autodesk account just like with your Google or Facebook account – no additional password required.

 

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2 Connecting your BIM 360 account

In order to start using files from BIM 360 Docs and add issues to BIM 360 Field, you first need to establish a connection between HoloBuilder and your Autodesk BIM 360 account as well as the projects you want to link.

 

2.1 Connect your HoloBuilder account with your BIM 360 account

After logging into HoloBuilder, open your account setting by clicking on your name in the upper right corner of the browser and then on ‘Account’. In your account, you have access to your profile and billing information and can manage your integrations.

In the account settings, choose the register ‘Integrations’ on the left-hand side. Select ‘CONNECT BIM 360 ACCOUNT’ to link your Autodesk account with your HoloBuilder account. When asked for authorization, click on ‘ALLOW’ to continue linking the applications. When asked, enter your Autodesk BIM 360 login info. Once your two accounts have been successfully connected, you will see a confirmation in HoloBuilder letting you know how to connect the projects (see next section).

2.2 Connect a HoloBuilder project to a BIM 360 project

In order to actually access files from within a HoloBuilder project, you first need to connect it to an Autodesk BIM 360 project. You can either create a new project or edit an existing one.

2.2.1 Create a new project 

To create a completely new project, select ‘Create Project’ in the overview to start from scratch. There are two options to create a new project:

Create a standard HoloBuilder project

Creating a standard HoloBuilder project implies, that you will not directly link your BIM 360 project to the new HoloBuilder project and start your project with imported files. When creating a standard HoloBuilder project, you start your project with files saves on your desktop that you need to upload to HoloBuilder.

Import BIM 360 files

If you do not have any files, e.g. floor plans or 360 images, saved on your local drive but in your BIM 360 Docs account, select ‘Import BIM 360 files’. With this option, you will connect the HoloBuilder project you are just creating directly with a BIM 360 project to access the corresponding files. The project you are about to create will be created directly with the files stored in the connected BIM 360 project.

2.2.2 Connect to an existing project

If you do already have a HoloBuilder project you would now like to connect to your BIM 360 project, simply open the project from your ‘My Projects’ list. In the project, click ‘Connect BIM 360 project’ next to the ‘Save’ button to connect it to a BIM 360 project.

In the appearing popup, select the BIM 360 project you want your currently opened HoloBuilder project to connect with. Clicking the project in the list will directly establish the connection. You will see a little confirmation in the lower left corner.

The overview will switch to the folder structure of your BIM 360 project, directly enabling you to integrate any BIM 360 files of the newly connected BIM 360 project.

2.2.3 Change or remove a connection

Coming soon!

 

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3 BIM 360 Docs

Once you have connected your accounts and projects, you can start adding files directly from your BIM 360 Docs account as floor plans or 360-degree scene images. Depending on the file format you have different options. You can easily navigate through the project’s folder structure by clicking on the items with the folder symbol . Click on a file item to add this file to your HoloBuilder project.

Currently, you can add .pdf as well as .png/.jpg file types to your HoloBuilder project from your connected BIM 360 project.

Please note that any updates made to files saved in BIM 360 Docs that are imported into a HoloBuilder project, will not yet synchronize. When changes are made to a file within BIM 360 Docs, you need to replace the file within HoloBuilder manually. Synchronizing docs will become available starting 2018. 

3.1 Adding .pdf files

.pdf files can only be added as floor plans to a HoloBuilder project. When clicking a .pdf file from the BIM 360 Docs project folder, the file will be imported into HoloBuilder and the screen for adding a new sheet will pop up.

If the .pdf file has multiple pages, choose which pages you want to import into your HoloBuilder project with the radio buttons at the bottom. Crop each page to the desired view if necessary. To import .pdf files with a higher resolution, toggle the switch at the top to ON. Click on ‘IMPORT’ to finally add your .pdf file as new floor plan to your HoloBuilder project.

3.2 Adding .png/.jpg images files

Select an image file to be added to your HoloBuilder project from your BIM 360 Docs project. Click on the image file you want to import into your HoloBuilder project when highlighted to add it. As for now, you can only add one image file at the time.


When choosing an images file, .png or .jpg, from the connected BIM 360 project, you can decide whether you want to add the image file as a floor plan or a 360-degree scene. In order to add an image file as a 360-degree scene, make sure that the image format for 360-degree display you are using is supported in HoloBuilder. In general, HoloBuilder supports standard 2:1 equirectangular image formats as well as 6×1 and 6×2 cube maps. Click on the desired option in the small popup to import the image file accordingly.

3.3 Adding .obj/.dae 3D models

Select a .obj or .dae file to add the 3D model into your HoloBuilder project. Click on the highlighted 3D model file you want to import into your HoloBuilder project. As for now, you can only add one file at the time.

The 3D model will be added to the currently opened 360° scene. Move, scale and rotate the model as any other object.

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4 BIM 360 Field

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BIM 360 Field enables you to create issues which will be assigned to team members within BIM 360. With the BIM 360 Field integration for HoloBuilder, you can easily create new BIM 360 Field issues as interactive action objects directly in your 360-degree scenes.

Every issue you created from within HoloBuilder automatically contains a URL which directs you to the affected area in your 360-degree documentation where you have placed the issue link before. Anybody can find the related area of an issue with a single click in BIM 360 ‍Field.

Please note that any created issue does not yet get synchronized if any changes are made within HoloBuilder or within BIM 360 Field to an issue. Synchronizing issues will become available starting 2018. 

4.1 Create new issue within HoloBuilder

To create a new issue from within HoloBuilder, drag and drop the Issue object from the action bar on the right-hand side into the 360° scene. You can place the object in any location in the scene and scale it as any other action object within HoloBuilder.

Drag & drop the issue action object to add a BIM 360 Field issue within your HoloBuilder project

Once the issue object was dropped into the scene, you need to specify the issue title and description set a type and location, and add a due date. When clicking SAVE, the issue specifications will be also forwarded to your BIM 360 Field project. You can now log into your Field account to access and work with the issue you have just created within HoloBuilder. In the issue in BIM 360 Field, you will additionally find a link to open the exact location of your issue in the 360° tour in the HoloPlayer.

Add an Autodesk BIM 360 Field Issue in your HoloBuilder project

4.2 Edit an issue

Currently, it is not possible to edit a BIM 360 issue created within HoloBuilder, neither within HoloBuilder nor within BIM 360 Field. In order to change an issue, you need to replace it completely.

  • Edit issues in HoloBuilder
  • Edit issues in BIM 360

4.3 Remove an issue

In order to remove an issue, select the corresponding issue object from the scene and click on the recycling bin that appears on the right. Confirm if you are really sure you want to delete the selected issue.

 

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Support

Please let us know if you still have any remaining questions regarding integrating your Autodesk BIM 360 projects with HoloBuilder and feel free to contact us to acquire further information on this or any other topic. We are happy to help. Write us at support@holobuilder.com.

 

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