Rapid change is upon us in the construction industry. The types of structures being built have changed, and the way they’re designed and built has the potential to leave some companies in the dust.
In a recent webinar, Blake Douglas, Applied Software Director of Construction Services, talked about remarkable tech developments taking place in the construction industry, not the least of which are new software tools that impact every segment of the industry.
Historically, software existed as a standalone product. It performed a task and gave the user a finished product to share with other teams on the project. In the rapidly evolving “work remotely” business climate, most software manufacturers are releasing products that no longer exist in that standalone vacuum. Some of the innovations feature:
- Software to connect stakeholders.
- Easier integration among different tools.
- Tools for each job on the project.
- Products that connect data produced by different teams.
The fast-paced changes taking place in the construction industry require digital agility. Set aside the afternoon of January 21, 2021 to unite with peers and industry leaders and learn specific, real-world ways to navigate through technology during the Digital Agility Summit.
Autodesk Unified Build Tool – This new software process takes the features of Plangrid and BIM 360 and unifies them in a common environment. Users on the jobsite can provide all the information from the field to someone in the office who cannot physically be on the jobsite. The person in the office can add information and details to the project model – for instance additional workflows – while maintaining the project data in one location. Connection points are minimized, integrating the workflows as much as possible.
Autodesk Tandem (in beta now) – A new digital twin tool, Tandem delivers a digital view of an entire project, including the metadata for each asset. Useful for handover of the BIM model at the close of construction, a digital twin gives the owner and operators of a building greater insight into the completed project. There will no longer need to be a giant binder (or multiple binders) of information tucked away in the basement for the day when something breaks down. The “twin” will be a digital deliverable in one location with vital information like documentation, warranty info, serial numbers, and as-built information. In addition, the twin will include a marketplace to source replacement parts and materials.
Autodesk Pype – This newly acquired (August, 2020) cloud-based tool will read specs and generate submittal packages. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, it enables more automation with less user input, thus less chance of user error. According to Blake Douglas, Pype will be deeply integrated into BIM 360 for multiple field and office workflows in the built environment going forward.
Rapid change is upon us. Don’t get left behind.
The fast-paced changes taking place in the construction industry will require your company to be agile in your digital transformation. Set aside the afternoon of January 21 to unite with peers and industry leaders and learn specific, real-world ways to navigate through technology during the Applied Software Digital Agility Summit.