Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

Welcome to the 9th edition of Build with Confidence, Autodesk’s news source for construction professionals. Our theme for this issue is “What’s new with Autodesk and Construction.” First, we’ll give you a glimpse into why BIM is quickly becoming an industry standard, in the article “Top 10 Benefits of BIM.” Then, we’ll explore how BIM is evolving for the construction industry. As many of you may have heard, we recently released significant new functionality for many of our offerings. We’ll take a look at what that means for construction firms – from improved functionality for detailing, drafting and construction documentation; to cross-linking PDFs so you can jump between different plans, views and sheets with a click of the button; to a powerful new tool that helps construction firms include site planning logistics – mass grading, building pads, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and retaining walls – in the same model you use for preconstruction planning and clash detection. Finally, we’ll hear from an Autodesk customer that is using off-site fabrication to improve the quality and efficiency of their construction projects.

So please take a few minutes, sit back, and enjoy this edition of “Build with Confidence.”
We’re excited about all that’s new at Autodesk, and we hope you will be too.

Autodesk Construction Team

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Featured articles

Top 10 Benefits of BIM

The move from 2D drawings to 3D models is well underway and gaining momentum in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, thanks to tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows.

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Top 4 reasons why you need Desktop Subscription

By now, you’ve probably heard that Desktop Subscription is a flexible, pay-as-you-go way for construction firms to gain access to comprehensive Autodesk BIM solutions. Check out these top 4 ways you can leverage desktop subscription to help you stay competitive, and thrive as a construction professional.

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Streamlining the connection between real-world layout data and the 3D model

Find out how innovative new technology removes common data exchange barriers and provides a seamless connection between the real-time coordinated model and the process of laying-out and staking points in the field.

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3D Beyond Design: Using BIM Technology for Prefabrication to Remove Waste and Save Money

Creating better designs is only part of the promise of BIM technology. Many small and medium-size firms are using 3D design to collaborate with general contractors and construction managers to automate production of their designs and prefabricate building components such as mechanical equipment and curved glass curtain wall systems.

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Tech spotlight

New features just released for Revit 2015

The recently released Autodesk® Revit® 2015 R2 includes over 30 new user-requested features that add powerful capabilities, enhance software performance and help improve user productivity for design and construction firms. The most exciting new update, Site Designer Extension for Revit®, helps construction firms seamlessly communicate details of site design and site planning with the extended team– including details from Revit® software products and Autodesk® Civil 3D®.

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Tech Spotlight

AutoCAD 2015 – new features help make your work faster and easier

From 2D drafting to visualization, AutoCAD® helps your firm find solutions to the challenges you face every day as a construction professional, both in the office and in the field. The new updates for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2015 can help you manage construction documentation like never before, and new functions and features can help you and your team save time and collaborate more efficiently.

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Customer Story

BIM and prefabrication…a perfect fit for J.C. Cannistraro

Mechanical construction firm J.C. Cannistraro uses Fabrication CADmep™ and prefabrication to help increase the speed and efficiency of an upgrade to a campus utility plant.

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Enhance your knowledge of Autodesk products and find new ways to work more efficiently in these webinars. You’ll find everything from five-minute introductory sessions to hour-long tutorials that explore advanced workflows.

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