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Connecting Design & Construction

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is blurring the lines between digital processing and physical systems, causing the design and build phases of projects to move closer together. Seamless integration of these processes saves time and money. Tools used to connect design and construction include streamlined fabrication technology, prefabrication of materials offsite, modular construction, and 3D printing.

As modeling has matured, an increasing number of contractors and fabricators have embraced BIM for its exceptional value in downstream activities, such as detailing, fabrication, installation, and handover; integrating the complete design and construction workflow as an efficient, collaborative digital effort. The integrated workflow is transforming the design and construction process.

Join us in our five-part webinar series on Connecting Design and Construction as we explore how designers and builders stay connected and working from the same project data in a controlled environment, better collaboration means less miscommunication, delays, and rework downstream. 

 

Connecting Design & Construction

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 12 pm | Steve Jones | Dodge Data & Analytics

To kick off our webinar series, you will hear from industry analyst, Steve Jones of Dodge Data & Analytics as he presents their report called, Using BIM to Connect Design and Construction which focuses on the architectural, structural, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) aspects of the integrated workflow for building projects.

  • Hear the data on how BIM is used to connect design professionals with fabricators and contractors, as well as the current and future value they find in BIM.
  • Explore the frequency of current implementation and the current and future impacts of a fully connected integrated workflow for building projects.

Connecting Design & Construction

If you are interested in the Dodge Data SmartMarket brief, click here to download. To register and attend this live broadcast, click here.

 

Increase Project Efficiency with Autodesk BIM 360 Docs

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12 pm | Nick Marcheck | Microsol Resources

Join us in our webinar series as we discuss how BIM 360 connects data and processes from design through construction and operations. It empowers field staff to anticipate and act, and back-office staff to manage all aspects of construction performance.

Tailored for the needs of the AEC industry, BIM 360 Docs delivers tools for publishing, managing, reviewing, and approving all project plans, models and documents from the earliest phase of a project through owner occupancy. A cloud-based service, accessible at the desktop or mobile devices, BIM 360 Docs delivers anywhere, anytime collaborative access to the entire project team.

In this webinar, we will see how BIM 360 Docs:

  • Supports data continuity in a common data platform, allowing easy transfer of information and integration of project workflow from design to construction
  • Connects seamlessly to industry-leading authoring tools such as AutoCAD, Revit and Civil 3Dand supports more than 50 design file formats
  • Is built on the Autodesk Forge development platform that supports integrations with more than 70 third-party applications to connect project information and workflow and extend the value of data

This allows teams to reduce risk and eliminate errors in projects that occur from missing or inaccurate information and provides an ability to increase collaboration with the entire project team via a single source of truth for all project information. To register and attend this live broadcast, click here.

 

Seamless Design Collaboration with Autodesk BIM 360 Design

Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 12 pm | John Semel | Microsol Resources

Successful project outcomes depend on consistent communication with the team throughout every project phase. Connect teams and information in a central project location in the cloud to improve productivity, reduce rework, and accelerate project delivery.

BIM 360 Design connects design teams to improve project outcomes. Integrated access to Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D files, and design collaboration on a single cloud-based platform will help teams boost productivity, improve efficiency, and accelerate project delivery. To register and attend this live broadcast, click here.

In this webinar, we will see how BIM 360 Design:

  • Boost productivity. Teams can work on the same project, which helps them avoid time wasted on uploading, syncing, transferring, or waiting on large files.
  • Improve project efficiency. See how new design information could impact ongoing work to help reduce rework and downstream construction delays.
  • Accelerate project delivery. Project information in a single cloud-based repository helps streamline approvals. Expedite review cycles with trackable coordination activity recorded for all teams.

 

Accelerate Constructability Review with Autodesk BIM 360 Coordinate

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 12 pm | Roger Liucci | Microsol Resources

Join us in our webinar series as we discuss how BIM 360 connects data and processes from design through construction and operations. It empowers field staff to anticipate and act, and back-office staff to manage all aspects of construction performance.

BIM 360 Coordinate gives users access to a connected cloud platform that improves VDC & BIM collaboration throughout preconstruction. It offers the ability for preconstruction teams a collaborate across a single platform on all constructability reviews and simplify trade coordination. To register and attend this live broadcast, click here.

In this webinar, we will see how BIM 360 Coordinate:

  • Automate clash resolutions to avoid costly issues onsite.
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary teams to collaborate and quickly identify issues.
  • Access 3D models anytime, anywhere, without downloading robust software.
Integration of Assemble Systems & Autodesk BIM 360

Thursday, September 1, 2020 at 12 pm

How do you extract BIM data, add intelligence, and collaborate in real-time? Join us for this webinar to learn how the integration between Assemble Systems and Autodesk BIM 360 is enabling more communication and collaboration between project teams. We will walk through the latest issue tracking workflow that helps our clients identify and resolve issues in a faster, more traceable way.

With this integration, project teams can make more informed decisions with access to specifications and documents from BIM 360 directly in the Assemble model. The integration provides a holistic view of the project to increase collaboration, transparency, and accountability at every step of the project from design to construction.

Assemble is the web-based 3D solution that lets you extract metadata, add coding, collaborate, and connect. This allows project personnel to make better decisions and deliver projects on time and in the budget.

Learn how to unlock the power of BIM to create intelligent building information for use across the entire project lifecycle. You will also learn how to:

  • Create a complete data inventory of your models in minutes. Assemble extracts model information from authoring tools and sends it to the cloud so your team can access and use BIM data in a web browser. Publish models in minutes, using the Assemble Add-in for AutoCAD or Revit, to quickly visualize the model, it’s quantities, and other mission-critical information without being a BIM expert.
  • Easily access, condition, and sync your data to leverage your BIM software investment. Assemble provides advanced data management capabilities to streamline BIM activities with greater efficiency and accuracy. Access, organize, edit, and manage design and construction data sets throughout the project lifecycle. Using Assemble, your entire project team will be able to access the model data, add intelligence, and condition BIM data into actionable information.
  • Share your BIM data with the entire project team. Assemble is a cloud-based solution giving all project stakeholders access to the BIM data they need, when they need it, from wherever they are working. Versioning ensures that your project team is working from the same information. Define and share specific data sets in common file formats.
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Work Anywhere with Bluebeam Revu

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) are fast-moving industries. An era of rapid digitalization is upon us, and it’s more important than ever in this globalized economy to leverage that technology toward smarter, easier collaboration. Here are some tips to get the most out of collaboration and communication so you can work anywhere with Bluebeam Revu and be more efficient and productive—allowing you to focus on what really matters: getting the job done.

A blueprint for better collaboration

Bluebeam - Communication

90% of construction professionals surveyed say it’s important to collaborate digitally.

Collaboration can be an intimidating word. But really, it all boils down to communication. The construction industry is changing at a rapid pace and, along with it, the technology we use to build our world. But don’t let the abundance of options out there bog you down. What you really need are tools that make communication easier. That’s especially true in a global economy, where architects, engineers, and builders often work together on one project across continents and time zones.

It’s sometimes impossible to have all the stakeholders sitting down in the same room, which is why it’s critical to take advantage of benefits like the Studio capabilities in Bluebeam® Revu®. Studio allows collaborators across the world to “sit down” in a meeting and talk with each other. All while looking at the very same document on their computer screens, in real-time.

A recent survey by Construction Manager Magazine of nearly 200 AEC professionals found that fewer than 20% of respondents were confident in their company’s ability to collaborate throughout the BIM process. Yet, 90% of the professionals said it’s highly important to collaborate digitally. Studio in Revu helps bridge the gap, allowing firms to enhance project collaboration. Give your people the tools they need to succeed.

Bluebeam - Access Anywhere Anytime

95% of respondents in the Construction Manager survey says it’s important to be able to work whenever, wherever.

It’s vital that team members can access the most accurate data, anywhere, anytime. From the office to the airport, the job site to the hotel room, 95% of construction professionals surveyed in Construction Manager said they need access that fits their schedule, so they and their teams can be efficient and effective. This can be especially important to the new generation of workers, which has grown up surrounded by mobile technology. With the US construction industry facing serious labor shortages, you’ll need to do everything you can to attract the right talent.

Revu makes drawings, documents, and data accessible anywhere, anytime, on tablet or laptop, in the field, or on the fly. Plus, you save money on printing and shipping costs and don’t have to worry about where to store unwieldy drawings or reading an elevation beneath layers of grime, coffee stains, and pencil edits. Being able to work on the go often shaves weeks and even months off of project schedules. One US firm saved 2-3 weeks of design reviews using Bluebeam Studio Sessions, which allowed simultaneous drafting and designing. Using Bluebeam profiles, markups, toolsets, dashboards, and Studio Sessions, the company also provided a much better end
product for owners.

Bluebeam - Single Source of Truth

Rework, on average, accounts for 9% of total construction costs. On a $5 million project, that’s $450,000.

Working from a single, reliable data source means that everybody on your project can access the most current, up-to-date information. Let’s face it: though it’s often a messy process, we’re all used to emailing important information back and forth—whether that’s
project updates or the latest version of a drawing. But it’s all too easy to lose track of things, and that leads to confusion, lost time and, in some cases, rework.

Having a single source of truth, such as a document set edited in Revu where all changes are tracked and logged, means that project partners can access the most up-to-date information without having to fish through long email threads. Building projects that cost millions of dollars are simply too valuable to risk having people on the wrong page, making changes to a floorplan, or estimating takeoffs from an out-of-date document.

Whether you’ve got a staff of two or 200, you know how miscommunication can throw a wrench into schedules and budgets. A Navigant Construction Forum research perspective entitled “The Impact of Rework on Construction & Some Practical Remedies” showed that rework, on average, accounts for 9% of total construction costs. On a $5 million project, that’s $450,000 that didn’t have to be spent. Having a single source of truth helps you find errors before they become costly.

Taking the next step

If you’ve made it this far, you’re on the right track. The future is clear: firms that collaborate effectively will prosper. Those that maintain data siloes will face increasingly smaller profit margins and uncertainty. According to the McKinsey Global Institute Digitization Index, only agriculture and hunting are less digitized than the construction sector, which means digital collaboration in AEC is lagging behind too.

While there’s a lot of room for improvement in the way the AEC industry collaborates, there’s also reason to be optimistic. After all, now you know these essentials for improving collaboration within your organization:

⸺ Access anywhere, anytime
⸺ Single source of truth
⸺ Communication

You also understand that better collaboration can lead to faster project delivery times, reduced rework, and great profits. Are you ready to take the next steps? Revu is the leading technology solution that sets the standard for project efficiency and
collaboration for AEC professionals worldwide.

Bluebeam Revu - Desktop

Revu offers:

  • An effective solution bridging the gap
    between the job site and the office.
  • Best-in-class markup and editing capabilities.
    Bluebeam Studio for document management
    and real-time collaboration anywhere.
  • Repeatable, customizable processes that make you more efficient.
Go to bluebeam.com/trial/microsolresources to download a free trial today.

 

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How to do software reporting for Autodesk Network Licenses

Whether it’s in preparation of Autodesk Named User transition or in consideration of upgrading from point products such as AutoCAD to an Industry Collection; for administrators interested in gaining insights into utilization of their Autodesk “multi-user” (Network) licenses, there are a few options available for reporting or interpreting the data from the Network License Manager (LMTOOLS).

JTB Flex Report provides the most advanced set of reporting tools to understand how the different products are being used within an organization, at a specific instant or over time. A video demonstration of the reporting capabilities is below:

To purchase a copy of JTB Flex Report, please email our Sales Team indicating interest and the number of Network Licenses that are managed.

JTB Flex Report LT contains a subset of the functionality and  is free, but only provides a report for the current usage of a product.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to install additional software, you can ‘Perform a Status Enquiry’ within the ‘Server Status’ tab of LMTOOLS, which will generate a text report of the licenses that are currently checked-out.

To understand the text report, it is helpful to have the FLEXnet feature codes for the Autodesk products handy for reference. Since most subscriptions come with multiple versions of a single product, or various products within a Suite or Collection, it is helpful to understand how all of these licenses will appear in the report generated by ‘Perform Status Enquiry.’

Consider AutoCAD 2020 (87224ACD_2020_0F). This product can be part of a subscription to:

  1. AutoCAD 2020
  2. AutoCAD 2021
  3. AutoCAD Including Specialized Toolsets
  4. Architecture Engineering & Construction Collection
  5. Building Design Suite
  6. etc.

As an example, let’s say Company Vandalay Industries has:

-6 subscriptions of the AEC Collection

-10 subscriptions of AutoCAD

If no users have pulled licenses when clicking ‘Perform Status Enquiry’, then the report will show something like:

Feature usage info:
Users of 86815AECCOL_T_F:  (Total of 6 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)
Users of 64300ACD_T_F:  (Total of 10 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)

Users of 87224ACD_2020_0F:  (Total of 16 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)

Since the AEC Collection includes AutoCAD, the total number of AutoCAD 2020 licenses is:

6 (from AEC) + 10 (from ACD) = 16 licenses

When users open AutoCAD 2020, each and every license used will be noted under Feature Code 87224ACD_2020_0F, and will be consumed from subscription products in the following order:

  1. Individual Product (subscription license)
  2. Individual Product (perpetual license)
  3. Industry Collection
  4. Suite (subscription license)
  5. Suite (perpetual license)

Therefore if 13 users from Vanadlay Industries open AutoCAD 2020 on the office network, the report will then show:

Feature usage info:
Users of 86815AECCOL_T_F:  (Total of 6 licenses issued;  Total of 3 licenses in use)
Users of 64300ACD_T_F:  (Total of 10 licenses issued;  Total of 10 licenses in use)

Users of 87224ACD_2020_0F:  (Total of 16 licenses issued;  Total of 13 licenses in use)

For companies that subscribe to software through Microsol Resources, our Technical Support staff can help to interpret the Status Enquiry report if generated and saved to a text document, per the GIF above.

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