New Autodesk Construction Cloud Features Help Teams Make Early, More Sustainable Decisions

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By Ralph Rio
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In construction, about 70% of rework can be traced back to the disconnect between design and what’s actually constructible, and Autodesk is announcing multiple solutions to support project teams inmaking everyday decisionsearlier without the need for technical expertise or specialist applications. These new capabilities will provide holistic and tactical support to help teams prioritize tasks, assess tradeoffs, build on intuition, and validateassumptions so choices made are more informed.

To gain access to relevant information with early and oftencommunication Autodesk is releasing Correspondence, which Sustainable Decisionscentralizes all project communication created orcollected in a single source oftruth. Correspondence provides project leaders with open-ended, searchable,and manageable communications storedwithinAutodeskConstruction Cloud (ACC) to make it easier to communicate anduncover key decisions. Project teams can createandorganize all correspondence from ACC and import threads directly from Outlook or Gmail. All communication is now easily retrievable to ensure project quality andminimize disputes.

Because design models can be overwhelming for field teams, Autodesk is launching Model Quality Workflows, a collection of releases that supports thetranslation of design models into construction-ready models. This monthsrelease enables anyone on the project team, from the BIM manager to the project engineer, to curate custom views for teams onsite that are hyper-relevant and easy to digest. By providing teams with access to well-defined models early and often, onsite teams have what they need to improve installation productivity.

Autodesk is also releasing the Sheets Collection, which helps teams more clearly organize sheets and quickly access relevant drawings. Those who oversee constructionprojects with multiple buildings will be able to store and manage drawings withidentical names, streamlining the document management workflow,andcentralizing important construction data in a single location. This feature removes the cumbersome need to create and ownmultiple projects or prefix sheet names to get the job done. Sheets are accessible to teams in the office and fieldfor larger multi-building projects.

In the AEC industry, time is often wasted switching between different applications to performspecific actions. Many firms keep information siloed in disconnected systems, inadvertently causing delays andnegatively impacting decision-making. With ACC, Autodesk aims to help its customers maintain workflows within a single application and a shared system of record, and that’s why the company will also soon be releasing Bridge for Closed RFIs, allowing users to shareclosed RFIs across projects or accounts using Bridge, providing all stakeholders with the answers they need to make confident decisions. This capability broadensthe types of information that can be shared across organizations and allows teams to retain critical information throughout the project lifecycle and after the job ends.

Another recent example of how we’re dedicated to giving construction professionals the tools they need to make smarter decisions is this summer’s release of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) integration for ACC. The EC3 integration enables users to stay in their system of record to perform carbon emission calculations and empowers teams to make more sustainable choices when selecting materials for a project.

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