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AUTHOR: Anna Liza Montenegro

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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.

We hosted a 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  for better collaboration.
Missed it? You can still watch the video recordings of these webinars:  
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Connecting Design & Construction

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.

If you are interested in the Dodge Data SmartMarket brief, click here to download.

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Manage Construction Documents  with Autodesk BIM 360 Docs

Nick Marchek of Microsol Resources discussed 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 webcast, 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.

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Seamless Design Collaboration with Autodesk BIM 360 Design

John Semel of Microsol Resources discusses why a successful project outcome depends 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.

In this webcast, 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.

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Accelerate Constructability Review with Autodesk BIM 360 Coordinate

Joseph Freund of Microsol Resources discussed 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.

In this webcast, 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.
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Integration of Assemble Systems & Autodesk BIM 360

How do you extract BIM data, add intelligence, and collaborate in real-time? Nathaniel Coombs of Autodesk shares how the integration between Assemble Systems and Autodesk BIM 360 is enabling more communication and collaboration between project teams. He 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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Manage your Revit & BIM Data with Ideate Software

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that relies on intelligent models to create and manage
building and infrastructure projects. Accurate, accessible, and actionable information in those models empowers project stakeholders to make better-informed decisions and respond quickly to project needs.

But how can you manage your BIM and Revit data?

To help you validate the Revit data and resolve individual model issues, and proactively support all projects by incorporating the applications into model management processes, you need tools.

Ideate Software is all about helping you manage your BIM data, whether you’re a power Revit user or BIM Manager. It helps the project team audit, edit, manage, and connect your BIM and Revit model data with precision, for an enhanced workflow.

Here is a list and description of the full Ideate Software portfolio that you can use on its own or together to help you, your model, and your project team be more efficient across your project workflow:

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Ideate StyleManager addresses the challenges that arise when Revit users load or import content into the model because the corresponding styles automatically come with the content. Proper management of these styles reduces publishing errors and end-user confusion, but the management process in Revit can be time-consuming and risky, and errors can dramatically impact the models and production documents.

Ideate BIMLink allows Autodesk Revit users to pull information from a file into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their Revit model with speed, ease, and accuracy.  Data management tasks and workflow take a small fraction of the time they once took. The cumulative advantage means more than hours freed. You gain unprecedented access to the Revit modeling data you need for an enhanced workflow.

Ideate Explorer allows Revit professionals to keep their models clean and accurate. When using this model browser, as opposed to a project browser, users decrease the time they spend on model management and increase the accuracy of their models.  They reduce file space by finding and deleting incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items, including DWGs.  They can easily comply with office standards, they can Audit the Revit model and even review and fix Revit warnings.

Ideate Sticky for Revit combines the ease and flexibility of Excel spreadsheet editing with the convenience of a sticky note. Use Ideate Sticky to elegantly connect non-BIM data from an Excel file into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows.

IdeateApps is a set of Revit applications designed to increase the productivity of the entire project team. Developed with specific tasks in mind, these tools address the challenges identified by people who use Revit software every day. IdeateApps will decrease the time spent on common tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model, helping to keep projects of all sizes and complexities on time and on budget.

Which Ideate Software solution or a host of solutions is best for you?

It depends on your Revit goals whether you want to:

  • Find and fix problems that could impact the model size
  • Sync time and performance
  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Update standards on older model
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

We can help you determine the right solution for your Revit goals. Let us know and email info@microsolresources.com and we’d be happy to assist you.

 

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Autodesk 2021 Product Keys

With the newest release of Autodesk products, we bring you a new list of Autodesk 2021 product keys. Product keys are required for the installation of Autodesk products and are used to differentiate products that are both sold independently and as part of a product suite.

For example, installing AutoCAD 2021 as a point product requires product key 001M1, but installing AutoCAD 2021 from the AutoCAD Design Suite Premium requires product key 768M1. The same version of AutoCAD is in both software packages but the product key differentiates one package from the other.

Note: Please ensure you are using the correct product key for the Autodesk product and version you are installing. Entering an incorrect product key will result in activation errors for that product.

The product keys for Autodesk 2021 products, in alphabetical order. if you need further assistance, email us at support@microsolresources.com.

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