Autodesk Construction Cloud: 4 Benefits to General Contractors

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November 10, 2021 | All, Construction

Over three-quarters of the nation’s top contractors are employing Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) in their construction projects. With ACC tools, they can drive collaboration and deliver results by uniting field and office teams from design through construction and operations.

Using ACC can result in significant time savings – some customers report up to 50% –partly a result of fewer errors and rework. Automated clash detection ensures a quality project the first time around.

The common data platform enables teams to communicate quickly and stay on schedule. Using predictive analysis, contractors can anticipate safety issues and have visibility into project risks.


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Four major ACC benefits to general contractors include:

  1. Bidding and qualifying vendors – As you prepare 2D and 3D takeoffs, ACC provides an integrated approach so your sheet-based and model-based estimates are as accurate as they can be. With a streamlined bidding process and increased bid accuracy, some customers report doubling their bid success. When it comes time to hire subcontractors, you can narrow the field to the most qualified companies and the most accurate estimates using centralized and connected ACC bid management. ACC uses BuildingConnected, a crowdsourced builder’s network, where you can see vendor qualifications before inviting them to bid, helping to mitigate project risk. There is also an online bid board to automate bid tracking.
  2. Managing documents – ACC has a single connected, customizable platform for documents. It enables you to set permissions and access and ensure that everyone is working off the current version and most up-to-date information. All the data is kept in one place. Documents and models can be organized, shared and distributed to participating teams, keeping everyone on the same page. The right team members have access to the information they need. Document reviews, comments, advanced markups, and approvals are standardized.
  3. Project management – Real-time access to schedules enables all stakeholders to view and collaborate, whether they are working in the office or in the field. Schedule data can be used for costing purposes or forecasting. Requests for information (RFIs) can be assigned and managed, with accountability built into the process. The risk of data loss is minimized using ACC. All submittals can be managed in one log, which is also accessible by mobile device. ACC includes tools that enable you to plan and conduct productive construction meetings, as well as record decisions and assignments and attach documents and drawings to meeting minutes.
  4. Handoff and operations – Project handoff can be stressful for GCs and owners. But ACC helps streamline project closeout and ensure you have comprehensive, organized documentation about assets as you transition the project for building operations. From photos to hyperlinks to markups to inspection reports, the as-builts you generate are a noteworthy way to finish well and position your company for future work with the owner.

When your construction processes are digital, your teams have an opportunity to communicate and collaborate better, making them more efficient. When they use a single platform – a single source of truth – teams can connect and get more done in less time.


When you need a partner to help you navigate through the Autodesk Construction Cloud, contact Applied Software. The experts of Applied will help you investigate the tools that are right for your company.