Staying connected to a topic whether it is a sport, hobby, or an industry, can be a challenging thing. As we know, today’s world is filled with myriad distractions, both personal and professional, that compete with our time—distancing us from the threads that keep us connected and informed. To complicate matters more, solutions like Autodesk® BIM 360 are so progressive in nature—changing and adding features so rapidly—that even the well-intentioned among us struggle to keep up. And up until now, the methods and mediums for keeping pace with the BIM 360 business have been vast and decentralized. As a customer or casual observer within the industry, you may have experienced this dynamic—grabbing information in this blog, across our social media channels, or even Autodesk internal websites whenever and wherever you could.
The BIM 360 team acknowledged this fact after our interaction with customers and construction industry attendees at this past Autodesk University. We emerged from the event knowing what we had to do and promptly set a plan in motion to provide a cleaner experience for our customers and the broad BIM 360 audience.
While many definitions of “community” exist, we felt that most fell a bit short in terms of what we wanted to provide. Some define community as assisting customers with answers to their questions (Forum). Other definitions center only on the collaborative or social elements. We decided that the best way to truly connect with customers and a broad construction audience was to bring both (Forum and Social) aspects to light.
Launched this week, the BIM 360 Portal combines a centralized reference to the following BIM 360 content and social channels: tweets, facebook posts, Beyond-Design blog posts, and YouTube playlists. No more searching for the latest post or tweet, the Autodesk BIM 360 Portal fuses all relevant social channels and content into a singular website—updated automatically as new content is curated. Viewing on a mobile device? No problem. The portal is fully responsive, adapting to any viewport on the go!
For current customers of the BIM 360 Solution and individuals looking to find out more about the products, the BIM 360 Community Forum provides the ultimate venue for interacting with thought leaders and Autodesk Support personnel. Also launched this week, the Forum allows existing BIM 360 Field or BIM 360 Glue customers to log in via their account credentials and ask questions about specific issues or provide new feature enhancement ideas to our product teams. For those looking to browse the questions and answers posted, no Autodesk account is needed.
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