Autodesk launches virtual design review space, new AI and API

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Autodesk has launched an immersive design review workspace connected to Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC). Known as Autodesk Workshop XR, it is a real-time, shared platform that enables teams to review 3D models and their data together from anywhere.

Autodesk Workshop XR will transform how architects and building engineers plan and review projects,” said Nicolas Fonta, senior director and general manager of XR at Autodesk. “Most building projects that go over budget do so because issues are discovered once construction has begun. With Workshop XR, AEC teams can walk through models at a one-to-one scale to gain a shared understanding of how project data will translate to the real world.

“This will benefit our customers’ bottom line – and the planet – by driving better design decisions, reducing waste and rework costs, and cutting down on team travel.”

Autodesk announced the news at its annual gathering, Autodesk University.

Autodesk Workshop XR will be available on Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, and Meta Quest 3 headsets.

International design and engineering firm Stantec has been using an early-access version of Workshop XR to facilitate and improve its design reviews. “Autodesk Workshop XR has added incredible value to how we collaborate,” said Jon Matalucci, BIM/VDC manager at Stantec. “Our employees are based in more than 400 locations and Workshop XR has brought teams together in a workspace that is realistic and approachable. We can work in parallel with each other, share the same information in a common data environment and, as a result, we are more efficient at problem-solving. Workshop XR allows our team to work smarter and focus on delivering the best projects to our clients.”

Autodesk’s new AI

Among a raft of other announcements, Autodesk also revealed that an AI assistant is now available for all its products. “Autodesk AI is the assistant that lowers the learning curve for designers and engineers, supercharges their productivity, and accelerates innovation,” said Andrew Anagnost, president and chief executive of Autodesk

According to Autodesk, the AI assistant “augments creative exploration and problem-solving; automates repetitive tasks to minimise errors and free up time; and analyses complex project data to offer predictive insights”. 

Data model API

Autodesk also announced that a new data model API is now in public beta. It is currently available for Revit, but will ultimately be extended to Civil 3D and other civil-architectural design applications.

Autodesk said: “We are working towards a future that enables hybrid workflows across Autodesk Forma, ACC, other Autodesk offerings such as Revit and Civil 3D, and third-party applications.”

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