Autodesk has announced Autodesk Construction Cloud, at the Connect & Construct Summit at Autodesk University this week in Las Vegas. The new system combines best-of-breed construction software solutions including Assemble, BuildingConnected, BIM 360, and PlanGrid.
Autodesk Construction Cloud
Autodesk Construction Cloud includes more than 50 new product enhancements plus deeper integrations between each product to allow data to flow across all stages of construction. Importantly, new AI (artificial intelligence) functionality is aimed at helping construction teams identify and mitigate design risks before problems occur so they can take corrective action to solve delays, minimize or eliminate rework and reduce costs.
Autodesk reports its Autodesk Construction Cloud gives construction companies a competitive advantage through the use of three core elements:
- Advanced Technology — its cloud suite is comprised of best-in-class software solutions that unite headquarters, office, and field teams from design through construction to operations.
- Builders Network — through its BuildingConnected acquisition the cloud solution provides users access to the industry’s largest network of owners, designers, builders, and trades, enabling each to connect with the right partners and projects.
- Predictive Insights — AI-driven analysis of previously siloed project data and provides builders with powerful insights to predict outcomes and reduce risk.
“Despite the tremendous challenges construction companies face to connect huge volumes of data and people, no one has delivered on the promise of unified construction from design to operations—until now,” said Jim Lynch, vice president, and general manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions.
“With Autodesk Construction Cloud, we’re introducing a new era of connected construction and offering unrivaled integration between headquarters, office, and field teams. We’ve never been more dedicated nor clearer in our mission to empower designers, contractors, and owners to meet the world’s rapidly expanding construction needs while helping to make building more predictable, safe, and sustainable,” Lynch added.
50 Plus New Enhancements
Autodesk is announcing that there are 50 plus enhancements across their toolchains integrated into Autodesk Construction Cloud, spanning from design through operations. While most are available today some will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Highlights of the new innovations include:
- Expanding support for Assemble in the latest versions of Autodesk design tools, including AutoCAD, Revit, and Navisworks.
- Giving subcontractors the ability to quantify 2D views in BuildingConnected BidBoard Pro
- Enabling greater collaboration by allowing field teams to take videos directly within the PlanGrid app. Along with improved photo management, teams are able to provide richer commentary from the job site
- Enhancing all BIM 360 modules, along with deeper feature integrations—such as between Construction IQ and BIM 360’s design review capabilities, called Design Risk Management, which helps reduce the likelihood of RFIs and change orders originating from design issues.
Part of this solution also is the ongoing integrations between Autodesk’s own tools, such as Revit and PlanGrid, BIM 360 Design and Civil 3D, BuildingConnected and PlanGrid, and BIM 360 and Assemble.
Built with BIM 360’s common data environment (CDE), Autodesk Construction Cloud ensures the whole team is collaborating on an integrated recordset. Beyond the current capabilities, Autodesk is investing in supporting their customers in meeting ISO-19650.
“We need to be able to measure ourselves, look to the future and anticipate project risk. This insight is what is missing today, and is the key driver in moving the industry forward,” said Jenny Moshea, head of technology at Sellen Construction. “Autodesk Construction Cloud brings together advanced technology—which is the core of what we do as an industry—underpinned by predictive insights. This is the next evolution, the connected tissue that brings it all together so the construction lifecycle is no longer disjointed.”
To learn more about Autodesk Construction Cloud go here.