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BIM 360 Field Now Offers “Excel-ready” Report Exports

22nd December 2015
Posted by Krystian Macek

BIM 360 Field offers powerful reporting capabilitiesBIM 360 Field reports are a very popular feature with our customers.  They provide construction project analytics around open/closed issues, tasks, checklist observations, subcontractor performance and more.  Getting summary level views, filtering by company, location or type, and quickly seeing the status of items helps to keep projects and teams on track and on time.  

While BIM 360 Field is used on many projects to replace spreadsheet-based workflows around issues, tasks, checklists and daily updates, Microsoft Excel remains a very popular and important tool for the construction business.  Excel is often used in the office to perform trend analysis and cross-project reports that provide insights into business performance.  But, until today, connecting project information collected on mobile devices on the job site with the business reporting requirements in the trailer and office hasn’t always been easy.

A new feature now available in BIM 360 Field is raw Excel exports. We’ve taken 20+ of our most popular reports and added the capability to export the data in “raw” CSV or XLS format. What this means is that the data coming from BIM 360 Field reports can be fully manipulated in Excel for more granular analytics and combination with other data for activities like cross-project reporting.

Hasn’t BIM 360 Field always had the ability to export reports in CSV and XLS formats?

Yes.  BIM 360 Field reports have — and continue to offer — PDF, XLS, CSV and RTF export format options. However, the XLS and CSV export formats contained items like merges cells and formatting. This resulted in exports that looked like this:

With these old export formats, the person who received them and opened them in Excel would need to basically re-create the data in a separate Excel sheet to clean it up and be able to run filters, sort the data, group information and run operations such as subtotals.  We often heard this could take many manual hours per month, and was an error-prone process.

By improving these export options to provide “raw” Excel data, the resulting data now appears like this:

Letting you perform analysis and create useful reports from Excel:

Now the data is truly “Excel ready”.  Customers — whether using BIM 360 Field on their iPads, or in the trailer or office on Excel — gain the control and flexibility over their data to extract the insights they need to improve their projects and business.  And businesses are able to better connect their office and job site for faster construction project delivery and more strategic business planning.

To try out BIM 360 Field and benefit from better construction project analytics on your next project, sign-up for our free, 30-day trial.

Product Manager, BIM 360 Field
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5 comments on “BIM 360 Field Now Offers “Excel-ready” Report Exports”

  1. Mark Hedges says:

    This is great to hear and an important step forward in reporting from BIM 360 Field.
    How about taking this one step further and allowing us to configure our own Excel-based reports, rather than supplying a set number of pre-configured ones?
    We use B360F for asset-data collection which has to downloaded and manually configured in Excel, ready to form an asset list in the final O & M (Operations and Maintenence Manual) which is a key deliverable in our delivery process. If we were able to configure the asset data list and drop that straight out of B360F, correctly configured and formatted without manual manipulation that would be a key efficiency for us.
    Thank you.

    1. Adam Higgins says:

      Thanks Mark. Raw Excel exports were the latest improvement in our reporting capabilities. We are continuing to add improvements to this feature, and will certainly consider the workflow that you described. You can also post ideas in the BIM 360 IdeaStation — other users get to see them, up vote, etc —

  2. KeraL says:

    how can I manipulate the output of a report? I want to control how the data is organized and what columns of the equipment list show in the report.

    1. Adam Higgins says:

      Hi Kera — sorry for the delay, but if you need specific help with BIM 360 Field, simply email support at — hope this helps!!

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