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AU: Autodesk Previews Next-Gen BIM 360 Platform for AEC Industry

New Connect and Construct Exchange partner program tames construction app chaos.



Autodesk is holding its 25th-anniversary user conference this week in Las Vegas, known as Autodesk University. As the conference name implies, this is about learning and preparing for the future. In that vein, Autodesk has previewed its next-generation cloud-based collaboration and common data environment (CDE) for the entire construction process.

Key Highlights for BIM 360 Platform

The next generation BIM 360 is built on the Autodesk Forge platform, a next-generation technology that is powering transformative change within the company and resetting strategic direction around key product pipelines. It is a connected developer cloud platform which enables customers and partners to create customized, scalable solutions for engineering, construction, and manufacturing challenges.

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BIM 360 supports informed decision-making throughout the construction project lifecycle by centralizing all project data in a single place.

01 – Here is a view of Autodesk BIM 360 on an Apple iPad, the dominant tablet computer in the US construction industry by far. Models, drawings, folders are shown in this particular screenshot.

“Construction projects are growing more complex, but Autodesk meets that challenge head-on with BIM 360, making construction work safer, simpler, and connected,” said Andrew Anagnost, president, and CEO, Autodesk. “With the confusion of an ever-increasing number of construction apps across the industry, the option to manage all project data in a single cloud platform results in more predictable building project outcomes.”

Developed with Autodesk Construction Industry Customers

The new BIM 360 was crafted with the input of 500 construction professionals and over 100 organizations who were involved in the development process. Autodesk BIM 360 solutions presently house almost four million models, and BIM 360 customers have logged approximately 200 million field observations.

02 – Safety is a huge area where next-generation tools can safe lives and harm on the jobsite. This view shows checklists.

“Autodesk made it a priority to work in lock-step with construction professionals to build the BIM 360 platform, which has resulted in a game-changing project management service,” said Andy Leek, director, Virtual Design and Construction at PARIC, a St. Louis, Missouri based construction services firm.  “Construction software is so fragmented with endless vendors claiming to offer the best mousetrap for each particular process. PARIC is trying to solve all of our problems as seamlessly as possible, and Autodesk BIM 360 could ultimately be our backbone to connect everyone from design to ownership in one place.”

Connect and Construct Exchange

BIM 360 aims to connect fragmented workflows across preconstruction, execution, fabrication, installation, and facility management. Launched this week at AU, the new Autodesk Connect and Construct Exchange adds value for each of these phases, implemented in conjunction with the help of more than 50 BIM 360 integration partners of which more than 40 are now available on the exchange. (see, Architosh, “Autodesk Launches Services Marketplace for AEC Industry,” 25 Oct 2017.)

“Rhumbix enables construction teams to manage timekeeping, quantity tracking, and other critical tasks from the palm of a hand with just two taps on a mobile device,” said Zach Scheel, CEO, Rhumbix.  “Our seamless integration with BIM 360 ensures that everything on the job site is tracked and communicated back to the home office and field trailer.”

Rhumbix modernizes construction field operations, helping builders go paperless in the field and improving how they measure and manage labor productivity to be more profitable.

Availability of new Autodesk BIM 360

BIM 360 is immediately available. You can learn more by seeing the preview of the next-generation BIM 360 platform here.

Visit Connect and Construct Exchange for more information on Autodesk BIM 360 integration partners.




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