BIM or Building Information Modelling or most currently known as the Autodesk Construction Cloud is a process of multiple workflows implemented, enabled by the relevant software, to create and manage your data.Learn more
What is Autodesk Construction Cloud?
Autodesk Construction Cloud has evolved from decades of innovation and design to get to this stage. It originally began its journey by transitioning from paper-based drawings & design to computer aided design otherwise known as “CAD”. From there it evolved further by transitioning from 2D Design to 3D models. The components and families within these models were full of data and information. Now we are on the third phase of this evolution, and this is Connected Construction.
Autodesk Construction Cloud has been created to help seamlessly connect and integrate data from the early phases of design, through planning and construction and into the operations phase. It does this through the use of Autodesk Build, Autodesk Collaborate Pro and Autodesk Take-Off. What these modules allow its users to do is to seamlessly transition construction data through each of its different lifecycles. This in turn helps its users to reduce delays, risk and costly reworks.
Autodesk Build is a module within the Autodesk Construction Cloud that allows its users control Project management of a project i.e. RFI’s, submittals etc, cost management such as payments, change orders etc, Quality such as issue management & quality checking & planning, safety inspections and safety planning etc and project closeout such as commissioning, project handovers and as-built surveys. All these tools within Autodesk Build are built open one common data environment known as Document Management. This means that all these tools mentioned are interlinked and can pass information from one tool to the next.
Autodesk Collaborate, the purpose of this module is to align and execute design and constructability within a project. It does this by allowing the users to manage the design collaboration and coordination of the project under one common data environment (CDE). Some of the main features which allow you to execute design and constructability within this module is, model coordination, constructability review, issue management, team coordination and package management. This module enables all the different teams on the construction project to collaborate under the one common data environment. It also gives the BIM Coordinators full traceability on who is interacting on the project and what issues are currently outstanding. This means that the execution of the project us more streamlined and fewer issues and rework occurring.
Finally, there is Autodesk Take-off – this module allows its users to generate more accurate 2D take-offs and gives them the ability to generate automated quantities from 3D Models. Whilst later being able to carry out scope analysis and editing the existing take-offs if any updates or modifications were needed. This module gives the estimators a single source of truth, increased collaboration on the project, improved accuracy on the Take-offs and the quantities and it allows its users to connect the 2D and 3D Takeoffs, all under the one module. The benefits if this module is not only what has been mentioned above but for the company itself it allows the business to reduce risks, improve quality and most importantly win more work.
In summary these modules within the Autodesk Construction Cloud allow seamless collaboration with powerful software that connects critical workflows within a project.