The Best Things in Life Are Free. Autodesk AEC Collection Grows
This week, Autodesk made an exciting announcement about their AEC Collection that is sure to benefit all customers to who utilize BIM tools for building design, civil infrastructure, and construction. These new tools will help customers address the ever evolving and expanding modeling workflows that span planning and design to preconstruction at no additional cost. While AEC building and infrastructure projects have become increasingly complex with tighter deadlines, this new expansion could not have come at a better time for Autodesk users.
“I’ve personally had the opportunity to see many of the buildings and infrastructure projects our customers are working on, and I’ve been impressed by the complexity, size, and ingenuity of what is being designed and built today,” Vikram Dutt, Senior Director, Building Business Line of Autodesk, said. “Still, even in the most innovative firms, a common pain point I hear from our customers is that with technology changing so rapidly, it’s expensive to try new software. In specific, you’ve told us loud and clear that visualization, analysis, and fabrication capabilities have moved from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’ to implement the BIM workflows you need to stay competitive.”
Autodesk addressed some of these concerns last year by launching its Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection, which is a set of BIM tools for building design, civil infrastructure and construction. The initial core collection included Revit, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Navisworks Manage and 3ds Max. This move was aimed at not only giving customers the tools needed for their projects today, but tools they could use as BIM workflows evolved.
Six programs to the collection have been added. These tools, which support project visualization, analysis, and fabrication, are Revit Live, Dynamo Studio, Robot Structural Analysis Professional, Structural Bridge Design, Advance Steel, and Fabrication CADmep.
Design to Fabrication
Advance Steel and Fabrication CADmep, which are Interoperable with Revit and Navisworks, were added to help users conceive, model and fabricate better mechanical, electrical and plumping (MEP), and structural steel systems on an integrated platform
Revit Live is the virtual reality (VR) component of the collection. It allows users to visualize their project models by “turning them into immersive visual experiences. “Imagine being able to virtually experience an entire building project before it is built; seeing how sunlight shines at different times of the day or even throughout the four seasons, or having doors that open and behave as they would in the real world.
Analysis and Computational Design
Rounding out the structural analysis tools of the collection are Robot Structural Analysis Professional, which allows users to test the effects of loads on different structures to verify code compliance and structural integrity, and Structural Bridge Design, a similar analysis software tailored for small to medium-span bridges
These additions are free if you are already signed up for an Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection. Users can begin utilizing these new tools immediately. The AEC Collection launched in 2016, and has seen great success for those seeking to better their BIM workflow processes.
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