Dec. 4, 2013--
Autodesk FormIt for iPad now includes features that enable simple indications of potential building energy performance costs. (Photo: Business Wire)
"We are expanding the reach of BIM on multiple fronts -- into conceptual design on one end of the spectrum and into construction on the other. Our advancements are empowering professionals to move from designing objects and simply representing their ideas in 2D and 3D to designing in context while optimizing and better predicting the performance of their designs," said
Today's announcements span all facets of the BIM process -- from conceptual design all the way through construction -- for both buildings and infrastructure:
Autodesk Dynamo and Autodesk FormItUpdates- For building designers,
Autodeskannounced a major update for computational design with the merger of AutodeskDynamo and AutodeskDesignScript. Dynamo is an open source visual programming environment for BIM. It can be used stand-alone, or allows users to extend the parametric capabilities of Autodesk Revit software products. Autodesk DesignScript is a unique programming language, intended to help designers build and analyze complex geometric models that would be difficult to model with interactive techniques. Now both are coming together in Dynamo to deliver a clear confluence of the best of both worlds: a clean and modern UI that combines DesignScript responsiveness and visual feedback with Dynamo's tight integration with Revit.
Autodeskannounced that the BIM-based conceptual design tool, Autodesk FormIt, now includes a web-based application that runs on a choice of browsers for Windows and Mac (currently available in beta at autodeskformit.com). On all platforms - including previously released iPad and Android versions - Autodesk FormIt gives architects and designers easy-to-use tools to create, collaborate and share early-stage design ideas and continue their BIM process by taking models straight into AutodeskRevit. FormIt for iPad has been updated to take advantage of iOS 7 and also includes new energy analysis features that enable users to get simple indications of potential building performance - valuable insight at the beginning of the BIM process that can reduce rework later.
Autodeskdemonstrated a forthcoming feature in the FormIt family of applications that supports real-time collaboration, enabling future designers to simultaneously access and collaborate on design models using their FormIt application of choice.
For more on the Dynamo and FormIt updates, please see a related blog post here.
Graitec Acquisition- Expanding its capabilities in the structural detailing stages of BIM,
Autodeskalso today announced the close of its acquisition of Graitec's Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines and associated employees. Building on Autodesk's current portfolio for structural engineering, the acquired product lines offer modeling, detailing, and fabrication solutions to support BIM-based steel and reinforced concrete workflows.*
Autodesk Structural Bridge Design- For bridge designers and engineers,
Autodeskrecently launched AutodeskStructural Bridge Design. Resulting from the August acquisition of technology assets from UK-based Bestech Systems, the new software is an important addition to the Autodesk BIM for infrastructure portfolio. Autodesk Structural Bridge Design gives engineers greater flexibility and efficiency in their small- to medium-span bridge design processes by integrating loading, analysis and code checking in a single environment. By using this unique approach, more consistent data can be used throughout the bridge design process allowing projects to be more quickly and accurately brought to completion. For more on Autodesk Structural Bridge Design, please see a related blog post here.
Azalient Technology Acquisition - Also today
Autodeskannounced the acquisition of technology assets from UK-based Azalient Ltd.The acquisition helps support the evolution to BIM-based design workflows among traffic engineers and transportation planners working on roads, highways and railway projects. The acquired traffic analysis technology enables designers to simulate how people travel -- whether by automobiles, busses or trains -- in isolation and in series. It also provides transportation customers with tools to help predict demand for new infrastructure projects, forecast how to handle future demand and predict traffic disruptions caused during construction, with the addition of cost and benefit analysis of alternative infrastructure designs. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.*
Topcon Collaboration - Building upon
Autodesk'sexisting collaboration with Topcon, the two companies are working together to further improve the integration of BIM workflows and field layout to support greater predictability, productivity and profitability. Autodeskis developing a new BIM 360 mobile app for iPad that further simplifies the process of precisely locating BIM coordinates on a construction site. Designed for general contractors and MEP trades, the app controls a robotic total station - as well as the new LN-100 3D positioning system from Topconannounced yesterday -- that can accurately position control and layout points on the construction site, and as-built data can be fed back into the design model via BIM 360 for quality assurance.
These announcements follow numerous other major investments
"BIM 360 Glue has really enabled us to improve our on-site workflow, because we can now bring a three-dimensional model into the field with us. And our quality control has gone up threefold, just by being able to walk with a model and seeing how the building is supposed to be built before it's actually constructed. So we can more effectively identify problems before they actually become problems in the field by being able to see more clearly how it's supposed to be built, and using that model to enable us to construct it correctly," said Daniel Raimer, Senior Project Engineer and Quality Manager,
Added Hanspal, "The product updates, innovations and acquisitions we're showing at AU clearly demonstrate that we are keeping our foot on the gas and continuing to invest in and expand our BIM portfolio to meet the evolving needs of the industry. No other provider can come close to delivering the kind of value up and down the BIM spectrum that
*These transactions are expected to have no impact on guidance issued on
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