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Autodesk Construction Cloud introduces Bridge, new data sharing capabilities to transform construction collaboration

Autodesk launched Bridge, a new collaboration capability that empowers construction teams to share only relevant data with project stakeholders, regardless of whether they are on the same team or building project within Autodesk Construction Cloud. Bridge gives teams control over their respective project data sets by enabling them to share select sheets, folders, and files with collaborators without having to share all project information. The new collaboration capabilities delivered by Bridge lessen the need for manual data transfer and management and provide confidence that everyone is working from the same information, minimizing rework and saving teams time and money that directly impacts their bottom lines.

 

“Communicating relevant information with each stakeholder in a timely manner can be a manual and time-consuming process that often leads to data loss and miscommunication, putting us at risk of rework, increased costs, and extended timelines,” said Luis Angel Garcia, BIM specialist, SSOE Group.

“On the other hand, sharing entire projects with team members can compromise privacy and requires tedious permission setting. Autodesk Construction Cloud’s Bridge gives us the flexibility to automatically share relevant information with stakeholders, while still maintaining control over our project data. Bridge radically simplifies our collaboration across teams and projects so we can deliver work on time and within budget.”

 

“Every construction project is different and our customers need flexibility to collaborate according to the needs of each project,” said Sameer Merchant, vice president of product development, Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Additionally, different stakeholders need to maintain agency of the data pertinent to their work on a project. Bridge introduces a transformational new collaboration capability that gives teams the autonomy and flexibility to manage their own data. Project stakeholders can maintain their own project instances and save on the time, cost, and confusion that often results from having to manage external collaborator permissions and manual ‘send and receive’ workflows.”

 

Bridge connects project data for internal and external teams

Bridge empowers project members with the flexibility they need to share relevant information with different teams and projects using Autodesk Construction Cloud, facilitating smoother collaboration to complete projects on time and within budget.

  • General Contractors have a simple solution to coordinate work between their trades and provide visibility to owners while ensuring owned project information is documented and saved in a centralized location. Whether they are working on a large project and want to split each component into its own sub-project or want to break out projects for trades to meet privacy mandates set by owners, general contractors can now use Bridge to share data with different teams and projects from one main, easy-to-manage instance.
  • Specialty trades can share necessary information such as project install progress with general contractors while maintaining their respective data within their own project instances. If they have multiple ongoing projects, trade teams can also aggregate their data into one main, easy-to-manage internal location for an aggregate view that strengthens analytics and future decision making.
  • Owners have clear visibility into project performance and construction documentation when they link data using Bridge. Information is not lost in manual “send and receive” workflows and the data needed to make timely project decisions becomes easier to find.
  • Designers can communicate the latest design documents with owners and contractors and keep a pulse on how design intent is being upheld during construction. Bridge enables designers to protect intellectual property and share only necessary sheets and files while also reducing time spent on manual “send and receive” workflows.

 

Share sheets and files.

With the right permissions, easily select any Sheets or Files to share with another project within the same account, or to a project within a different account.

Bridge - Share sheets and files

 

Set up automations.

Ensure all teams have the most up-to-date versions by setting up and managing automated sheet sharing.

Bridge - Share sheets and files

 

Create direct project linking.

Take information sharing to the next level by connecting stakeholders across accounts, providing contact details for collaborators, and making disconnecting and removing automation at the end of a project a one-click process.

Bridge - Create direct project linking

 

Bridge is now available at no additional cost to customers using Autodesk Construction Cloud’s web applications — Build, Collaborate & Takeoff.

Want to see Bridge in action? For more info or a demo, please contact Microsol Resources.

 

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What’s New with Autodesk 2023?

Interested in seeing what the new Autodesk 2023 features can do for you? Microsol Resources hosts these annual webinar series on What’s New with Autodesk that showcase and highlight the newest features of the various Autodesk products on the different versions. You can register for our webinar series to learn about the new features in action and learn some share tips and tricks along the way.

Autodesk introduced a new look and feel in the fall of 2021, including a new logo, colors, and imagery. This change not only reimagines the Autodesk brand but also the product branding as well. Check out their new look and features!

What’s New with Revit 2023

The latest release of Revit building design software delivers on high impact productivity enhancements championed by Autodesk’s customers, to adding new desktop to cloud capabilities that unlock the power of data. Learn about new features in the latest release of Autodesk Revit 2023 by watching this video recording of our webinar or reading this article.

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What’s New with AutoCAD 2023

Autodesk has released AutoCAD 2023 and AutoCAD LT 2023, and they have added features that facilitate collaboration and working with cloud storage solutions. Learn about new features in the latest release of AutoCAD 2023 by watching this video recording of our webinar or reading this article.

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What’s New with the Autodesk BIM Collaborate, BIM Collaborate Pro, and Docs?

Today, collaboration and access to information from anywhere, and at any time, is critical to successful project management. Learn about new features in the latest release of Autodesk BIM Collaborate (formerly called BIM 360 Coordinate), BIM Collaborate Pro (formerly called BIM 360 Design), and Autodesk Docs by joining our webinar.

Focusing on the design phases, Nick will provide an overview of this platform and will review the key features and capabilities of the following products: BIM Collaborate, BIM Collaborate Pro, and Autodesk Docs.

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What’s New with the Autodesk Build, Takeoff & Docs?

The Autodesk Construction Cloud platform provides a new interface and additional features that connect workflows, teams, and data at every stage of construction to reduce risk, maximize efficiency, and increase profits.

Autodesk Build provides seamless collaboration as a construction project and field management software. Takeoff generates 2D takeoffs and 3D quantities from a single solution. Autodesk Docs simplifies document management and a common data environment. Learn about new features in the latest release of the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform by joining our webinar.

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If you have any questions, please email info@microsolresources.com or call us at 888-768-7568.

 

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Comparison & Difference of BIM Collaborate and BIM Collaborate Pro

With rising project complexity and competitive markets, you need a solution that is flexible, connects your teams, data, and workflows, and delivers powerful insights. You need a solution that simply helps you deliver better projects, faster, and with greater profitability.

Most of all, you need a solution that’s built for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry – not an office cloud app that can’t process complex 3D files or a server solution that requires VPN. That’s only going to slow you down.

Which AEC collaboration solution is right for you?

Firms like yours are looking for smarter ways to manage data and streamline collaboration across your projects, no matter what design tool you use. Autodesk launched the next evolution of their cloud services for the AEC community, generally known as the Autodesk Construction Cloud. This platform brings exciting new offerings for connecting workflows, teams, and data to work seamlessly in design and construction.

Autodesk BIM Collaborate and BIM Collaborate Pro cloud-based design and collaboration software connects AEC teams on a single platform. There are some differences in functionality between these two offerings. Which should you choose? 

 

BIM_Collaborate_2022_lockup_OL_stacked_no_year Autodesk BIM Collaboration Pro
Cloud-based design collaboration and coordination software for architecture, engineering, and construction teams to review designs, run automatic clash detection, and track project status. Includes all the same features and capabilities available in BIM Collaborate. Also includes co-authoring capabilities for teams that need to edit Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D designs in real-time.

 

$705 /year * $945 /year *

 

USE FOR:

  • Design review and coordination, including automated clash detection
  • Cloud-based document management, project administration, and advanced analytics

USE FOR:

  • Design review and coordination, including automated clash detection
  • Cloud-based document management, project administration, and advanced analytics
  • Cloud co-authoring in Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D

WHAT IT DOES:

  • Cloud-based document management–Simplify access to relevant 2D sheets, 3D models, and office files in a common data environment
  • Aggregated model view–Contextually navigate aggregated models with pan, orbit, walk, and create new model views
  • Automated clash detection–Upload models to automatically detect clashes, viewing results in the aggregated model or an intuitive clash matrix
  • Project timeline–Exchange data between teams in design packages, tracking progress for all disciplines with dates and contents
  • Change analysis–Understand how published changes from other teams impact ongoing work within context of the full project model
  • Watch groups–Get notified about added, removed, or modified elements between versions by disciplines affected and modification type, in any web browser
  • Managed trust workflow–Control the real-time data your designers and consultants can access, to manage complexity, avoid miscommunication, and reduce rework
  • Coordination spaces–Explore options, run clash analysis, and assess constructability against shared models without disrupting work by other teams
  • Issue management–Identify, detail, and assign issues and centrally manage in a common data environment
  • Account and project administration–Set up and manage teams in one place, with full view of access and permissions across projects
  • Document approvals and version control–Ensure the project team is always working off of the latest models with automated version control
  • Connections to Navisworks and Revit–View, assign, and resolve Model Coordination or Navisworks issues in either Navisworks or Revit
  • Project analytics and insights–Leverage advanced analytics from your centralized project data, export this data if needed, and use to identify and mitigate risk
  • BIM 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud platforms–Access and manage projects in both BIM 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud platforms
  • ISO 19650 support–Access workflows that support ISO 19650, a global design and construction information management standard
  • Data center choice–Choose to host your project data in Europe or the United States
  • BIM 360 Glue–Get access to the BIM 360 Glue service, included with BIM Collaborate, which also covers the Navisworks Manage and Point Layout entitlements

WHAT IT DOES:

  • Cloud-based document management–Simplify access to relevant 2D sheets, 3D models, and office files in a common data environment
  • Aggregated model view–Contextually navigate aggregated models with pan, orbit, walk, and create new model views
  • Automated clash detection–Upload models to automatically detect clashes, viewing results in the aggregated model or an intuitive clash matrix
  • Project timeline–Exchange data between teams in design packages, tracking progress for all disciplines with dates and contents
  • Change analysis–Understand how published changes from other teams impact ongoing work, within context of the full project model
  • Watch groups–Get notified about added, removed, or modified elements between versions by disciplines affected and modification type, in any web browser
  • Managed trust workflow–Control the real-time data your designers and consultants can access, to manage complexity, avoid miscommunication, and reduce rework
  • Coordination spaces–Explore options, run clash analysis, and assess constructability against shared models without disrupting work by other teams
  • Issue management–Identify, detail, and assign issues and centrally manage in a common data environment
  • Account and project administration–Set up and manage teams in one place, with full view of access and permissions across projects
  • Document approvals and version control–Ensure the project team is always working off of the latest models with automated version control
  • Connections to Navisworks and Revit–View, assign, and resolve Model Coordination or Navisworks issues in either Navisworks or Revit
  • Project analytics and insights–Leverage advanced analytics from your centralized project data, export this data if needed, and use to identify and mitigate risk
  • BIM 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud platforms–Access and manage projects in both BIM 360 and Autodesk Construction Cloud platforms
  • ISO 19650 support–Access workflows that support ISO 19650, a global design and construction information management standard
  • Data center choice–Choose to host your project data in Europe or the United States
  • BIM 360 Glue–Get access to the BIM 360 Glue service, included with BIM Collaborate, which also covers the Navisworks Manage and Point Layout entitlementsBIM Collaborate Pro includes the full list of features and capabilities above, plus:
  • Revit cloud worksharing–Collaborate in real-time with contributors across teams, disciplines, and time zones using cloud-based Revit worksharing. Check out Revit elements or families as you normally would, then sync with central or publish to the cloud for faster co-creation on a central platform
  • Collaboration for Civil 3D–Create, edit, and reference Civil 3D files, data shortcuts, and xrefs across teams, companies, and time zones in the cloud. Use familiar workflows via a Desktop Connector-enabled connected drive
  • Collaboration for Plant 3D–Securely share AutoCAD Plant 3D files across teams, companies, and time zones. Centrally organize projects, view changes in a web browser, and maintain compliance requirements
  • When using cloud co-authoring services Revit Cloud Worksharing, Collaboration for Civil 3D, and Collaboration for AutoCAD Plant 3D:
  • Projects on BIM 360 will support Revit 2018.3 or later, Civil 3D 2020.2 or later, and AutoCAD Plant 3D 2021 or later
  • Projects on the unified platform will support Revit 2018.3 or later, Civil 3D 2020.5.1 or later, and AutoCAD Plant 3D 2021 or later

SUPPORTED BROWSERS & DEVICES:

  • Supports most current browsers: 64-bit browsers are recommended for optimal viewing experience
  • iPhone (5S+) BIM 360 Only
  • Air, Pro, Mini 2, and above BIM 360 Only
  • Android devices that support WebGL BIM 360 Only

SUPPORTED BROWSERS & DEVICES:

  • Supports most current browsers: 64-bit browsers are recommended for optimal viewing experience
  • iPhone (5S+)
  • Air, Pro, Mini 2 and above
  • Android devices that support WebGL

PLATFORM:

 Windows & Mac

PLATFORM:

 Windows & Mac

 

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