Today, Autodesk revealed their next-generation building information modeling tools, that expand on the intelligent and model-based design process where both form and function help predict outcome and take into account impacts. BIM 360 extends the concept of BIM for the entire project team to owners and contractors, and encompass the entire project lifecycle. The hope is that the new tools will help communicate, collaborate and improve the transparency of the construction process.
At the center of this advancement is a set of cloud services that allow users to access project files at any time from anywhere and any device. The tools are designed to fit in with existing workflows, and with the cloud users can tap into vast computing processing power to speed rendering and visualization. BIM 360 is built on the Autodesk 360 cloud computing platform, with the addition of new services. The new services are: Clash Detection, Collaboration and Coordination; Field Management, Commissioning and Handover; Conceptual Design and Feasibility Evaluation. The BIM 360 also ties into the existing cloud services of rendering, structural analysis and energy analysis.
Going beyond model-based design, to support different project team roles, the new tools incorporates workflow management tools gained from Autodesk’s acquisition of Vela Systems. The mobile access to documents and drawings, help report field activities and handover between different project phases.
Autodesk 360 Infrastructure Modeler provides a conceptual design piece for managing a large site model, and collaborating on that model. The simulation and analysis services include Structural Analysis and Energy Analysis services, including Green Building Studio. Architects and engineers can compare design to energy use, and they can also collaborate on the same model at the same time. Green Building Studio allows lifecycle analysis on energy, water and materials analysis to move toward Net Zero buildings.
The cloud-based rendering service has proved very popular, with more than 100,000 projects using cloud-based processing for compute-intensive renderings, freeing up the computing power within the office.
With this new BIM 360 offering, users now have the ability to publish, store, aggregate and manage models in the cloud. They have the means to transform how teams work, with new collaborative workflows. There is the ability to conduct multiple simulations to optimize design with simulation and visualization. And finally, there is the means to improve communication by the production of photo-realistic renderings by tapping computing power on the cloud.
To learn more about this new offering, visit the new BIM 360 product center at http://www.autodesk.com/bim360