Autodesk Construction Cloud gains model data enhancements

Autodesk Construction Cloud has announced enhancements designed to “provide all stakeholders with immediate access to model data and information”.

The enhancements to Autodesk Construction Cloud include:

  • model-based workflows in assets;
  • model property breakdown;
  • publish to the field;
  • extended file support for mobile; and
  • reality capture.

According to Autodesk, this will mean “construction teams can get immediate access to and work more easily with BIM data, empowering stakeholders to use model data to identify potential project impacts, operate more efficiently and make better decisions”.

The news was announced at the three-day Autodesk University event in New Orleans today (27 September). Further improvements to Autodesk Build were also revealed at the event.

Autodesk Construction Cloud: what’s new

Model-based workflows in assets

Assets in Autodesk Build are now mapped and visualised in 3D using the latest design model. This provides field teams with up-to-date asset tracking and equipment details. The upgrade helps to prevent errors associated with outdated model data and makes it easier to connect assets to RFIs, submittals, issues, schedule and other workflows.

Model property breakdown

Massive design files can now be parsed out into more digestible portions by creating custom views of model properties that are relevant to that day’s work. Users can select or deselect elements (including levels, property categories, rooms, disciplines, objects, or a custom property) to create a more readily and easily shareable view of the model. Model property breakdown will be available in Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Autodesk Docs.

Publish to the field

VDC teams in Autodesk BIM Collaborate can create and share ad hoc views and sign-off models with field-based stakeholders using a mobile device without leaving Autodesk BIM Collaborate. Paired with model property breakdown, these tools remove manual steps and simplify model data for the field. Publish to the field is currently in open beta.

Extended file support for mobile

Users can use their mobile app at the construction site to navigate and interact with an expanded list of supported 2D and 3D design file types, including DWGs and 2D RVTs.

Reality capture

Files from reality capture, such as laser scans or photogrammetry, can now be brought directly into Autodesk Construction Cloud. This enables VDC teams to record precise measurements, aggregate with other models, identify and resolve issues, take progress snapshots, and provide comprehensive close-out documentation.

Commenting on the announcements, Autodesk Construction Solutions senior director, research and development Ilai Rotbaein said: “Design files are packed to the brim with essential data, but each project stakeholder needs something different from the model. These advancements make it easier to access model data, removing unnecessary steps and ensuring the latest information is directly in the hands of those who need it, whether they’re in the office, the trailer or out in the field.

"Autodesk is empowering our customers to truly connect design to construction and drive tight collaboration across the entire project lifecycle.”

Autodesk Build: what’s new

Performance tracking in cost management

Specialist contractors can analyse productivity and cost data in near real-time to gain visibility of the potential risk of schedule delays and cost overruns. This enables accurate forecasting.

Schedule compare and version control

“Robust” version compare now allows users to visually compare up to five different versions of a schedule to quickly identify activity changes. New version control capabilities include a change history log and unique distribution lists for each schedule update.

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