February 16, 2021

BIM 360 Assets API – Public Beta is Here

Today we’re announcing the availability of BIM 360 Assets API as public beta! 

BIM 360 Assets API provides read/write access to the data stored in BIM 360 Assets module, which allows you to track your project’s assets and equipment from design to handover. With Assets, you can easily maintain an inventory of jobsite equipment, carry out inspections, document defects, and generate issues related to assets for quick resolution.

Using the Assets API, you can:

  • Read, create and update Asset records, including custom attribute values. You can access records either individually one-by-one or in batch-mode which allows you to access multiple records in one API call. 
  • Filter assets when reading assets records. (e.g., fetch assets that were modified since a given date by query parameter filter[updatedAt]).
  • Read, create and update Asset-statuses. Read access has batch-mode access as well. 
  • Read, create and update custom attributes definition in project Admin settings, including the ability to set custom attributes to a given asset category. You can also read multiple custom attributes definition in batch-mode in one API call. 
  • Read, create and update categories in project admin settings. You can also use batch-mode to read multiple categories in one API call.  
  • Read, create and update status set in project admin settings. You can use batch-mode to multiple status set in one API call.
  • Read, create links to issues/checklists/document in Docs module through Relationships API.   

Using API, for example, you can extract assets data to export to external system and import back to the BIM 360 Assets module. You can also automate setting up initial data, eliminating tedious manual tasks.

For information about the product features, see the BIM 360 Assets help documentation.

For more information about the Assets API, please check out the official API documentation on forge developer portal. The tutorial section will be a good starting point to understand how Assets API works.

Documentation:

Code Samples on GitHub: 

Recordings and Presentations:

If you would like to know what will be possible with Assets feature and its API, please check out these recordings from the recent Autodesk University presentations:

For three GitHub samples, their authors, Xiaodong Liang, Zhong Wu, and Eason Kang are planning to make blog posts with more detailed information soon. Stay tuned for more blog posts to follow.
If you are interested in working on a proof of concept project using Assets API, join us at the Forge Accelerators:  
 

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Mikako Harada

Mikako Harada works as an AEC technical lead and Americas manager for the Developer Technical Services (DevTech) team at Autodesk. She provides API (Application Programming Interface) technical support to the members of Autodesk Developer Network worldwide for AEC products.


Prior to joining Autodesk, she worked as a researcher for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. While at...

Eason Kang is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network ADN DevTech team, focusing on providing programming support, consulting, training and evangelism to external developers. He started his career in Taiwan and now lives in Taipei, Taiwan.


He is a developer consultant in the team DevTech, the worldwide team of API gurus providing technical services through the Autodesk Developer Network. He supports various product...

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