Autodesk introduces new BIM cloud services

By on 19 June, 2012
Autodesk, Inc. recently unveiled Autodesk BIM 360, which includes a set of cloud services that will provide anytime, anywhere access to BIM project information throughout the project lifecycle. 
Autodesk BIM 360 will work with BIM solutions for design, construction and operations, including the Autodesk Building Design Suite and Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and civil infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.
With Autodesk BIM 360, Autodesk is bringing the BIM process to the cloud. New cloud-based services for multidiscipline collaboration that support model coordination and intelligent object data exchange will assist architects, engineers, contractors and owners to collaborate in real-time and manage and distribute building and civil infrastructure data. 
Autodesk BIM 360 offers civil engineers, transportation and urban planning professionals new cloud-based services to collaborate between geographically dispersed teams to explore design concepts, create and review proposals and conduct feasibility evaluations.  
"Cloud-connected workflows are giving our customers worldwide a better way to work with colleagues across their organisations and with business partners, clients and stakeholders,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, information modeling products. "Autodesk BIM 360, the next generation of BIM, will revolutionise the way building and infrastructure owners, designers, engineers and contractors create, share and use project information."
“Using Autodesk BIM 360 with the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, we have been able to share our early design concepts to better evaluate feasibility on our infrastructure projects,” said Keith Warren, Virtual Design Technology Manager at VTN Consulting. “This has been a great addition to what we can already do with our Autodesk products and has extended our ability to share even the largest models more efficiently with remote teams.”
Autodesk recently announced the acquisition of Vela Systems, a provider of cloud and mobile field management software for the construction industry. The combination of the Vela technology with Autodesk BIM 360 will bring the BIM process to the project site, helping contractors to automate field processes such as quality, safety and commissioning checklists and distribution of plans and drawings. 
Autodesk BIM 360 can also help improve project outcomes by moving computationally intensive tasks to the cloud, allowing rapid visualisation with rendering services and the ability to simulate early and often with energy and structural analysis services. Autodesk BIM 360 will also help support the project handover and lifecycle by providing intelligent information to building and infrastructure owners for operations and maintenance.
Earlier this year, the company launched Autodesk PLM 360 lifecycle management software, a cloud service that enables manufacturers to better access and manage product information to help continuously improve the products they design and manufacture, followed by a range of new Autodesk 360 services for Autodesk Design and Creation Suite customers. Since launching Autodesk 360 in September 2011, nearly nine million users have accessed the services. 
Autodesk BIM 360 is now available in English, and will be available in the near future in other languages. Some services may be available exclusively for Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013 subscription customers. 
Customers may contact their local reseller or visit to learn more.

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