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 in making everyday decisions earlier 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 validate assumptions so choices made are more informed.
To gain access to relevant information with early and often communication Autodesk is releasing Correspondence, which centralizes all project communication created or collected in a single source of truth. Correspondence provides project leaders with open-ended, searchable, and manageable communications stored within Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) to make it easier to communicate and uncover key decisions. Project teams can create and organize all correspondence from ACC and import threads directly from Outlook or Gmail. All communication is now easily retrievable to ensure project quality and minimize disputes.
Because design models can be overwhelming for field teams, Autodesk is launching Model Quality Workflows, a collection of releases that supports the translation of design models into construction-ready models. This month’s release 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 construction projects with multiple buildings will be able to store and manage drawings with identical names, streamlining the document management workflow, and centralizing important construction data in a single location. This feature removes the cumbersome need to create and own multiple projects or prefix sheet names to get the job done. Sheets are accessible to teams in the office and field for larger multi-building projects.
In the AEC industry, time is often wasted switching between different applications to perform specific actions. Many firms keep information siloed in disconnected systems, inadvertently causing delays and negatively 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 share closed RFIs across projects or accounts using Bridge, providing all stakeholders with the answers they need to make confident decisions. This capability broadens the 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.