Autodesk Introduces New Cloud Services for Next Generation of Building Information Modeling
Reinforcing its technology leadership in the
building design, construction and civil infrastructure industries,
Autodesk Inc. unveiled Autodesk BIM
360, the next generation of Building Information Modeling
(BIM). Autodesk BIM 360 includes a set of cloud services that
will provide anytime, anywhere access to BIM project information
throughout the project lifecycle. Autodesk BIM 360 will work
with BIM solutions for design, construction and operations
including the Autodesk Building Design Suite and Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite.
BIM is an intelligent 3-D model-based process that provides
insight for creating and managing building and civil infrastructure
projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental
"Cloud-connected workflows are giving our customers worldwide a
better way to work with colleagues across their organizations and
with business partners, clients and stakeholders," said Amar
Hanspal, senior vice president, information modeling products.
"Autodesk BIM 360, the next generation of BIM, will revolutionize
the way building and infrastructure owners, designers, engineers
and contractors create, share and use project information."
With Autodesk BIM 360, Autodesk is bringing the BIM
process to the cloud. New cloud-based services for multidiscipline
collaboration that support model coordination and intelligent
object data exchange will transform the way architects, engineers,
contractors and owners collaborate in real time and manage as well
as distribute building and civil infrastructure data. Autodesk BIM
360 offers civil engineers, transportation and urban planning
professionals new cloud-based services to collaborate between
geographically dispersed teams to explore design concepts, create
and review proposals and conduct feasibility evaluations.
"Using Autodesk BIM 360 with the Autodesk Infrastructure Design
Suite, we have been able to share our early design concepts to
better evaluate feasibility on our infrastructure projects," said
Keith Warren, Virtual Design Technology Manager at VTN Consulting.
"This has been a great addition to what we can already do with our
Autodesk products and has extended our ability to share even the
largest models more efficiently with remote
Autodesk recently announced the acquisition of Vela Systems, a
provider of cloud and mobile field management software for the
construction industry. The combination of the Vela technology
with Autodesk BIM 360 will bring the BIM process to the project
site, helping contractors to automate field processes such as
quality, safety and commissioning checklists and distribution of
plans and drawings. Autodesk BIM 360 can also help improve
project outcomes by moving computational intensive tasks to the
cloud, allowing rapid visualization with rendering services and the
ability to simulate early and often with energy and structural
analysis services. Autodesk BIM 360 will also help support the
project handover and lifecycle by providing intelligent information
to building and infrastructure owners for operations and
"Time is money, especially in the construction world and every
owner wants more value for their money. Autodesk BIM 360 is a key
tool that helps us accomplish this," said Weston Tanner, Virtual
Construction Manager, The Walsh Group.
The launch of Autodesk BIM 360 marks an important expansion of Autodesk
360, a cloud-based platform that enables customers to harness
the vast computing power available in the cloud to transform the
way they design, visualize and simulate their ideas and share their
work. Earlier this year, the company launched Autodesk PLM
360 lifecycle management software, a cloud service that enables
manufacturers to better access and manage product information to
help continuously improve the products they design and manufacture,
followed by a range of new Autodesk 360 services for Autodesk Design and Creation Suite customers.
Since launching Autodesk 360 in September 2011, nearly nine million
users have accessed the services.
Autodesk BIM 360 is now available in English, and will be
available in the near future in other languages. Some
services may be available exclusively for Autodesk Infrastructure
Design Suite 2013 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013
subscription customers. Customers may contact their local reseller
or visit www.autodesk.com/bim360 to learn more.