Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Autodesk's commitment to BIM Interoperability

BIM Interoperability

building smart - engThe Autodesk commitment to interoperability
Buildings and infrastructure are complex, as are the Building Information Modeling (BIM) data and applications that support them. Autodesk offers more applications that further a BIM workflow than any other vendor. But we believe that AEC professionals need to be able to use any application from any vendor at any stage in design, construction, and operations processes. Autodesk is committed to advancing that degree of interoperability throughout the industry.
Autodesk supports buildingSMART International, the organization that develops and maintains the IFC standard, the leading interoperability standard. More than 100,000 users have downloaded our IFC Open Source export for Revit since 2011. No other vendor holds as many IFC import and export certifications.
Autodesk has supported the buildingSMART initiative on COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) BIM data standard. In January 2013, we completed the independently audited buildingSMART Alliance COBie Design Challenge for Architectural Design and Coordinated Design, achieving 100% positive marks with a complete COBie deliverable that required no additional processing or edits.
As the first major CAD vendor to run our applications on nonproprietary hardware, the Autodesk commitment to openness runs deep. Autodesk:
  • Released an open way to get data in and out of our flagship application before any other major CAD vendor (DXF)
  • Made our IFC import/export tool for Revit open source
  • Secured the rigorous IFC 2.0 Coordination View certification in the first wave of vendors
  • Helped found the International Alliance for Interoperability, which became buildingSMART
  • Provides buildingSMART with solid support in its effort to further BIM openness
openBIM® explained in 4 minutes
The film explains the basics of the openBIM® and buildingSMART concepts.

Autodesk 2016 products that support IFC

A360 enables design, engineering and project teams to work together efficiently on one central platform.
Advance Steel
Advance Steel detailing software helps accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction.
AutoCAD Architecture
AutoCAD Architecture software is an architectural drafting tool to help you design and document more efficiently.
AutoCAD MEP software helps you draft, design, and document building systems.
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Use AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering design and documentation software to support BIM workflows.
BIM 360 Glue
BIM 360 Glue is a cloud-based BIM management and collaboration product that connects your entire project team.
Fabrication CADmep
Fabrication CADmep mechanical detailing software supports fabrication workflows for MEP contractors.
Fabrication ESTmep
Fabrication EST cost estimation software can help MEP contractors gain a better understanding of real project costs.
Use InfraWorks 360 software to plan, design, and engineer with real data, in the real world, in real time.
Navisworks project review software products enables AEC professionals to holistically review integrated models and data.
Design, construct, and maintain higher-quality, more energy-efficient buildings with Revit software, built specifically for BIM.
Revit LT
Revit LT software is a 3D BIM tool that helps you produce high-quality 3D architectural designs and documentation.
Robot Structural Analysis
Robot Structural Analysis software provides engineers with advanced BIM-integrated analysis and design.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Autodesk to do away with discipline specific Revits

Autodesk Revit Verticals to be End-of-Life and Replaced with Revit 2017 "One-Box"

Revit logoAs of the first customer ship of Autodesk Revit 2017 software, the Revit “verticals” (Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure) will no longer be sold separately.
These products will be replaced by Revit 2017, the “one-box” version of Revit containing the capabilities of all three verticals currently available in Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Ultimate, and Autodesk Revit Collaboration Suite.
Autodesk subscribers to the Revit verticals and suites containing the Revit verticals as well as owners of perpetual licenses with a current maintenance plan will be migrated to Revit 2017.
Affected customers will receive an operational communication informing them of this change.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2017 Released

NEW! AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2017 - Now Available!

AutoCAD 2017AutoCAD 2017 has just been released.  Here are some of the key features and benefits that might appeal to you:
  • Import PDFs: a top-requested feature based on customer feedback, PDFs have been added to the supported ‘Import File’ formats.
  • Share design views: improve collaboration by publishing your drawing views to the cloud in a secure format.
  • Smart centerlines and center marks:  when you move associated objects, the centerlines and center marks update accordingly.
When customers subscribe, they get the AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app, allowing them to view, create and edit drawings on their phone or tablet, and share designs and revisions directly from their mobile device.
AutoCAD LT 2017 Release includes Enhanced Support and AutoCAD 360 Pro
Introducing the AutoCAD LT 2017 release, offering smart 2D drafting tools that help speed documentation work. It is perfect for value-conscious drafting professionals who want to create precise 2D drawings. This release includes some of the same features as AutoCAD 2017, such as the ability to import PDFs, the Autodesk desktop app, and smart centerlines and center marks.
When you  subscribe to AutoCAD LT, you get direct one-on-one global phone support, support via chat, faster response times, and more, with enhanced support benefits. You also get the AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app, allowing you to view, create and edit drawings on your phone or tablet, and share designs and revisions directly from your mobile device

Saturday, February 13, 2016

BIM 360 Docs is here and it's free!

Autodesk announces that BIM 360 Docs is now available for public access.  From its start as Project Alexandria to a successful debut at Autodesk University and a 2-month preview, BIM 360 Docs is here.

BIM 360 Docs host of great features, including: 
  • Powerful tools to publish and curate construction docs, including the ability to automatically extract sheets from multi-page PDFs and models
  • Access control, versioning and history to control the flow of documents and accurately release information to the entire construction project team
  • A zero-client plan and model viewer — optimized for the iPhone and iPad — that lets you easily switch between 2D and 3D files
  • Collaborative viewing and markup tools, including the ability to control visibility of markups based on permissions

With BIM 360 Docs, Autodesk is delivering on their mission to offer construction project teams and 
single system that can be used by everyone on the project – from designers to contractors to owners — for all their construction document management needs.  We’re unleashing the power of this “one app” mission by offering BIM 360 Docs without limits on the number of users, or the amount of storage — and offering it free for a single project. 

Ready to try it out for yourself?

Starting today, you can use BIM 360 Docs for free to manage all your construction plans, models and documents.