New BIM 360 Feature Connects RFI Workflows

connect issues to RFIs in BIM 360

Autodesk product teams are constantly building our promise of connected construction through Autodesk Construction Cloud™. When it comes to BIM 360, our latest project management release connects the plan and build phases of construction.

In construction, many processes span the entire project lifecycle. For example, issues and RFIs are present during design, planning, and construction. Often, the two workflows are related to each other. We regularly see users create RFIs within days, sometimes hours, of issue creation. But when these workflows are not connected, they can add to project delays and additional issues rather than resolve them.

For example, if a Project Engineer is tasked with creating an RFI from an issue they didn't create, most likely, they don't know the details behind the issue. As a result, the RFI could be missing necessary information, causing a delay in response due to the added back and forth conversation.

To help streamline these essential workflows, the latest release in BIM 360 connects Issues and RFIs, reducing the risk of data loss and helping teams resolve RFIs quicker.

Connecting Issues and RFIs with BIM 360

BIM 360 Project Management Admins and RFI Managers can now create a new RFI from an Issue or link existing RFIs to Issues. Here is how it works:

Within the details of an Issue record, there is a new linked references section. Once there, select 'Add Reference' to create a new RFI or link existing RFIs to the record.

issues to rfis bim 360When creating a new RFI, you will be prompted to add in the necessary RFI details. This information will automatically carry over to the RFI, but it can be altered directly in the RFI record. Once the RFI is created (or linked), a bi-directional relationship between the Issue and RFI is established, making it easy to navigate between the two and view status details.

issues to rfis bim 360 1This functionality connects RFIs to any issue across the BIM 360 Platform. For example, if an issue during coordination needs to be elevated to an RFI, if you have the correct permission, you will see the option to create an RFI right form the Issue record within BIM 360 Coordinate.

This isn't the only connection between project management workflows and data across BIM 360. BIM 360 connects data across RFIs and change management workflows by enabling teams to generate a PCO from an RFI or link existing RFIs to PCOs and helping teams track the origin of change orders. Additionally, within the Meeting Minutes toolset, Issues and RFIs can be linked to specific meeting items increasing visibility and accessibility to critical information.

3 Main Benefits of Connected Workflows

The new BIM 360 feature creates connections between critical project management workflows. Key benefits include:

  1. Increased Efficiency. Teams instantly save time that would otherwise be spent entering the same information twice, sending clarification emails, or hunting for supporting information.
  2. Reduced Risk. By connecting workflows and data, you're reducing the risk of error or information loss. It's simple to track the origin of items and access the right information to make informed decisions.
  3. Instant information. Issue to RFI creates a bi-directional link between the two. Whether in the Issue or RFI, users can quickly see the linked reference and its status.

Last month, we announced 25 new product enhancements for Autodesk Construction Cloud. Interested in learning more about updates across BIM 360, PlanGrid, and BuildingConnected? Take a look at our September product roundup blog here.  

Christine Acker

Christine has spent over 10 years steeped in the construction industry, garnering deep expertise in lean management and bringing technology to distributed workforces. Currently, a Senior Manager at Autodesk, Christine leads the product marketing team that helps bridge the software company’s industry-leading product to the global construction industry. Christine joined Autodesk through the PlanGrid acquisition. Prior to PlanGrid, Christine was an engagement manager at renowned consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focused on the construction and energy sectors. While at McKinsey, she oversaw the deployment of a lean management system across a 5,000+ employee distributed workforce and created a real estate firm’s IPD strategy to significantly improve productivity on the firm’s construction projects. Christine also spent four years at Clark Construction, in the GC’s Civil and Foundations department, where she proudly designed and managed excavation support for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. Christine has her Professional Engineering license and holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.