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What is a Common Data Environment (CDE)

A common data environment (CDE) is a digital hub where information comes together as part of a typical building information modeling (BIM) workflow. It is a single source of truth for all project data, including drawings, models, documents, and other information. This information is stored in a centralized location and can be accessed by all project stakeholders, regardless of their location or role.

The CDE has many benefits, including:

  • Improved collaboration: The CDE makes it easy for project stakeholders to share information and collaborate on projects. This can lead to better decision-making and a more efficient project delivery process.
  • Reduced errors: The CDE helps to reduce errors by providing a single source of truth for all project data. This means that everyone is working with the same information, which can help to prevent mistakes.
  • Improved efficiency: The CDE can help to improve efficiency by streamlining the project delivery process. This can be done by automating tasks, such as document management and approvals.
  • Increased transparency: The CDE provides increased transparency for all project stakeholders. This means that everyone can see what is happening with the project and who is responsible for what.
  • Enhanced communication: The CDE can help to improve communication between project stakeholders. This can be done by providing a central location for all project communication.
Why is a Common Data Environment Important?

A CDE is important because it can help to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and transparency of a construction project. By providing a single source of truth for all project data, the CDE can help to prevent errors, improve communication, and streamline the project delivery process.

Figure 1 below shows a comparison of a typical project information flow vs. one in which a common data environment (CDE) has been implemented.

On the left, there is a simplified view of how team members typically exchange information on a project. It is a giant matrix, and it is hard to ensure the right information is with the right person at the right time. Often information lives within different systems. and information exchange is manual, error prone, and can lead to costly mistakes.

On the right, a CDE has been adopted by the project team. With a CDE, the information flows through a central repository where, ideally, it is more easily controlled and up-to-date. The CDE provides mechanisms to gate information flow so that construction documents (and other information such as markups and issues) are only available to project team members when the information has been reviewed, approved, and release for its intended purpose.

 

Figure 1 below shows a comparison of a typical project information flow vs. one in which a common data environment (CDE) has been implemented. On the left, there is a simplified view of how team members typically exchange information on a project. It is a giant matrix, and it is hard to ensure the right information is with the right person at the right time. Often information lives within different systems. and information exchange is manual, error prone, and can lead to costly mistakes. On the right, a CDE has been adopted by the project team. With a CDE, the information flows through a central repository where, ideally, it is more easily controlled and up-to-date. The CDE provides mechanisms to gate information flow so that construction documents (and other information such as markups and issues) are only available to project team members when the information has been reviewed, approved, and release for its intended purpose.

Figure 2 reflects a common project delivery configuration, representing the ecosystem of companies that need to work together to design, build, and operate a building or infrastructure project. However, there are many challenges, including:

  • Contractual boundaries between disciplines and teams

  • Design and construction teams, as well as the entire supply chain, are different entities that need to control the sharing of and access to data and information on the project

A central hub of information for the project is essential to not only the teams but also the owner – without that, information can be unreliable and increases project risk.

Figure 2 reflects a common project delivery configuration, representing the ecosystem of companies that need to work together to design, build, and operate a building or infrastructure project. However, there are many challenges, including: Contractual boundaries between disciplines and teams Design and construction teams, as well as the entire supply chain, are different entities that need to control the sharing of and access to data and information on the project A central hub of information for the project is essential to not only the teams but also the owner – without that, information can be unreliable and increases project risk.

The Benefits of a Common Data Environment

The benefits of a CDE include:

  • Improved collaboration: The CDE makes it easy for project stakeholders to share information and collaborate on projects. This can lead to better decision-making and a more efficient project delivery process.
  • Reduced errors: The CDE helps to reduce errors by providing a single source of truth for all project data. This means that everyone is working with the same information, which can help to prevent mistakes.
  • Improved efficiency: The CDE can help to improve efficiency by streamlining the project delivery process. This can be done by automating tasks, such as document management and approvals.
  • Increased transparency: The CDE provides increased transparency for all project stakeholders. This means that everyone can see what is happening with the project and who is responsible for what.
  • Enhanced communication: The CDE can help to improve communication between project stakeholders. This can be done by providing a central location for all project communication.

The ISO 19650 Standard

ISO 19650 is an international standard for information management for the built environment. It provides a framework for the management of information throughout the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure asset. The standard includes requirements for the CDE, such as:

  • The CDE must be a single source of truth for all project data.
  • The CDE must be accessible to all project stakeholders.
  • The CDE must be secure and protected from unauthorized access.
  • The CDE must be managed in accordance with the ISO 19650 standard.

What to Look for in a CDE

When choosing a CDE, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • The CDE must be able to store and manage all of the project data.
  • The CDE must be accessible to all project stakeholders.
  • The CDE must be secure and protected from unauthorized access.
  • The CDE must be easy to use and manage.
  • The CDE must be compatible with the project’s other software systems.

How Autodesk Construction Cloud CDE Supports ISO 19650

Autodesk BIM 360 CDE is a cloud-based CDE that supports the requirements of ISO 19650. It can store and manage all of the project data, including drawings, models, documents, and other information. BIM 360 CDE is accessible to all project stakeholders, and it is secure and protected from unauthorized access. It is also easy to use and manage, and it is compatible with the project’s other software systems.

Autodesk Construction Cloud is a common data environment, with support for:

  • Permission control
  • Audit trail
  • Document control and versioning
  • Custom metadata
  • Integrated with design workflows
  • Design and office file viewing
  • 2D and 3D viewing and compare
  • Approval workflow
  • Transmittals
  • Markups and issue management
  • Mobile access
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Support for unique file naming
  • Support for file naming standards
  • Revision and status
  • Enhanced review and approval workflows

Best Practices for Setting Up Your CDE

When setting up your CDE, it is important to follow these best practices:

  • Set up separate folders for WIP, Shared, Published, and Archived (if applicable) for each discipline.
  • Set up role-based or company-based permissions for each of these folders.
  • Create a template project to make it easy to create additional project CDEs.
  • Add project members and assign roles and companies.

Permission levels include:

  • View only: user/role/company may view documents, add private markups, and create issues.
  • View + Download: user/role/company may view documents, add private markups, create issues.
  • Upload only: User/role/company may upload documents but not see the folder contents.
  • View + Download + Upload: user/role/company may share their own documents with team members and view any other documents in that folder.
  • View + Download + Upload + Edit: user/role/company may share their own documents with team members, view and edit any other documents in that folder, and publish markups.
  • FolderControl: user/role/company may share their own documents with team members and view and edit any other documents in that folder. With folder control permission they can also carry out tasks within that folder that are usually restricted to the project administrator. This includes creating title blocks, adding project members, managing permissions, and editing set assignment. This permission level offers the greatest access to folders.
  • Best practice is to set up a Template Project, so that it is easy to create additional project CDEs. A template project is simply a BIM 360 Docs project with folders and Role-based permissions. When you create a new project in BIM 360 Account Admin, you can choose your Template Project and “Copy Project Settings.”
  • In Project Admin, add project members and assign Role(s) and Company. The project members’ access will be controlled by the Role and Company based permissions. When project members are added to or removed from the project at a later date, the Role and Company based permissions ensure that the individuals have the proper access right away.
  • In Project Admin, from the Document Management > Reviews tab, set up Review and Approval workflows. Choose from templates (1 to 6 steps) with both serial and “group” (parallel) review steps.
  • You can assign individual users, roles, or companies to each workflow step. You can also copy a workflow and adjust the steps to easily additional workflow templates.

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IMAGINiT Clarity integrate between BIM platfiorms and clouds systems and file management locally

IMAGINiT Technologies has unveiled IMAGINiT Clarity 2024, introducing a host of novel features and streamlined task automation processes to significantly cut down on time spent dealing with manual, low-value tasks.

This enhancement offers heightened workflow efficiencies and improved task dependability, user-friendliness, and integration. As a result, BIM Coordinators gain a more substantial capacity to automate processes across projects, potentially leading to savings of over 200 hours per project annually.

Bill Zavadil, President and Chief Operating Officer at IMAGINiT Technologies, remarked, “Irrespective of whether it’s a startup or a top-tier architectural firm in the Engineering News Record Top 100, our focus has consistently been on translating customer insights garnered from webinars, implementations, and support inquiries into features that effectively tackle the most prevalent challenges.

Our Clarity suite of solutions enhances productivity by liberating time through the automation of manual, time-intensive tasks and the streamlining of administrative procedures. This affords teams the time to collaborate on higher-value design tasks. This is exemplified by the fact that Clarity’s suite of tools has recently surpassed a cumulative saving of 2 million project hours across our customer base since its initial launch in 2012.”

IMAGINiT Clarity 2024 is fully compatible with Autodesk Revit® 2024 and offers comprehensive support for versions of Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Revit Server dating back to 2020, with limited assistance available for Autodesk Revit 2019. Clarity 2024 brings fresh innovations to AEC firms, their BIM Coordinators, as well as their partners and clients, aiming to enhance workflows and heighten team efficiencies. Among the standout features are:

Metadata Enhancement

Clarity 2024 now bolsters metadata support for both Autodesk Construction Cloud and Autodesk BIM 360. Novel time-saving capabilities encompass web-based triggers that automatically initiate tasks upon specific changes within Autodesk Construction Cloud and Autodesk BIM 360 projects. Clarity further facilitates the effortless publication of existing Revit metadata into Autodesk Construction Cloud and BIM 360, seamlessly integrating all available metadata into the model.

For firms adopting ISO 19650 principles for building information management, Clarity facilitates the integration of the latest workflows by leveraging file metadata, ensuring team members employ documents as intended.

Powerful Automation for Revit with IMAGINiT Clarity 2024 Web-based triggers run tasks when a paramter is modified in the file, such as revit

Enhanced Unified Sync

Clarity 2024 introduces an array of features that enhance the Unified Sync process across teams and external partners.The innovative Unified Sync Task centralises the file synchronization procedure, replacing multiple steps and tools with a unified, consistent dropdown menu that harmonizes data across platforms. This simplifies and accelerates the process by eliminating the necessity for diverse tools or interim data storage during synchronisation across platforms.

Unified Sync Task now offers support for Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Egnyte, augmenting the already extensive list of supported tools, including Autodesk Construction Cloud, Autodesk BIM360, Network Folder, ProjectWise, Procore, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint.

In response to customer feedback, the Folder Name Mapping feature enables seamless synchronisation or backup of folders between cloud services, even when teams employ distinct folder structures. Users simply document the differences through an intuitive wizard, and Clarity subsequently ensures accurate mapping moving forward.

Further Integration Enhancements

Teams utilising Autodesk Desktop Connector version 16 are limited to 40 active projects per machine. However, Clarity 2024 now continually assesses the task queue that requires processing and automatically and dynamically activates or deactivates projects to accommodate the processing of all necessary tasks each day.

Operating around the clock, Clarity cycles through projects, guaranteeing that the maximum of 40 projects per machine is never exceeded, all while seamlessly managing tasks on each server to fulfill all required tasks.

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Autodesk Vault 2024 is out with a focus on enforcing standards, delivering intuitive tools and administrative enhancements. Focus on the Work Export more design formats for downstream collaboration. Create new projects from a template structure. Enforcing Standards Manage and distribute Inventor template and design data. Enforce peer review during the design process. Intuitive Tools for Collaboration User-interface enhancements for more intuitive workflows and workflow enhancements.

Authors: More features for CAD users in Vault 2024 to Focus on the Work

Job Processor: DXF and STEP

Users can export DXF and STEP files for manufacturing, suppliers, and subcontractors as part of the release process.

  • On-demand DXF/STEP publish
  • DXF/STEP publish on state transition
  • Sync LC state and revision on DXF/STEP files
  • DXF/STEP file getting created in vault to use Design Rep classification and PDF like workflow
  • DXF/STEP file publish options like PDF publish options

Copy Design Enhancements

Design re-use efficiency by reducing number of clicks to complete the workflow and pre-checks to prevent errors prior to creating a new design variation.

  • More usability by enabling Copy/Paste in the copy design numbering panel
  • Use the Copy/Paste functionality to edit multiple row values in and excel spreadsheet and then copy them to the Copy Design with one operation
  • More guidance through highlight restriction before copy operations start (property: –)
  • Export File list within the warning dialog

Copy Design BOM Enhancements

Newly copied parts can be assigned to an Item immediately after Copy Design is executed.

Copy Design updates the BOM information in part files without having to open them in Inventor first

Copy Folder Structure

You can setup a new project quickly and start with a known folder structure.

  • Users can create a project folder from a template or previous folder structure
  • Copy Folder Structure permissions and Properties

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Insert Punch Tool from Vault

Users can select sheet metal punches from Vault when they are not in the local workspace.

Browse for 3D iFeature shapes from Vault to be inserted into the sheet metal face.

Administrators: Enforcing Vault Standards for Gratere Project Compliance

Inventor Design Data & Template Management

CAD Administrator can create and deploy template updates to users easily through Vault. Users remain up-to-date with templates and design data without manual updates.

The focus in 2024 is to create an Inventor\Vault integrated experience for the Template and Design Data Files with automatic updates of Templates and Design Data within specific workflows.

Peer Review

Control the lifecycle process by requiring a different user to transition to the next state. 

With this new user requirement, you can configure the Vault State transition to require Four Eyes Check and configure multiple rules for which files require Peer Review based on property values.

Job Processor

Apply retry strategy to visualization and custom jobs to reduce administration and user disruption to re-submit such jobs manually.

  • Automatic Retry capability for failed Job
  • Specify retry strategy between 1 and 10 attempts
  • The Job Processor will retry the failed jobs automatically without manual intervention

Thin Client Admin Settings

Administrators can set default columns for all Thin Client users in Autodesk Vault 2024.

Backup/Restore Enhancements

In Vault 2024, there is more flexibility in the Vault Server backup command to assist with backing up specified data components. This enhancement helps customers with large Vault environments that cannot use the existing backup command in the Vault Server.

Participants: Intuitive Vault Tools in 2024 for Project Collaboration

Thin Client – Enhancements

Select the Vault you need at the time of signing into the Thin Client and the Vault drop-down list shows the available Vault on the Server.

  • Improve interactions and control within the Thin Client interface with control for Expanding or Collapsing All for Objects with Structure.

Advanced Search capabilities paired with a modern UI for better experience:

  • Save searches as bookmarks in the browser
  • Search individual workspaces or multiple workspaces
  • Search workspaces of choice with search parameters
  • Search current folders and sub-folders
  • Find latest version only

Inventor Read-Only Vault Add-in

The Vault Add-in in Autodesk Vault Professional 2024 is available in Inventor Read-only, so users can open files and get access to Vault data directly from Inventor Read-only allowing users to review models efficiently without going between applications.

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What's New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2024

Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 is out with a focus on Accelerating Creativity, Tailored Functionality and a Connected Design Experience.

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Accelerating Creativity

Focus on quickly creating and collaborating on innovative solutions using assistive machine learning technology to improve design workflows.

The performance enhancements in AutoCAD 2024 really stand out—both with how fast it opens and the speed of switching between models and view ports. It’s much faster than any previous versions.
Michael Shurgalla
Senior Design Technology Specialist, Merrick

Activity Insights

Bridge information gaps in collaborative AutoCAD workflows and stay connected to essential data throughout project lifecycles

My Insights Macro Advisor & Dashboard

Provides valuable information to you at the right time and in the right context to assist with steps that you can automate.

Count & Blocks Palette

Counting blocks is now up to 70% faster and reusing design content with blocks is up to 47% faster.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 Macro Advisor. Provides valuable information to you at the right time and in the right context to assist with steps that you can automate.
What's New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2024 - Automatically place blocks in your drawing based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far, reducing the number of clicks and saving you valuable time in the process.

Smart Blocks: Placement and Replacement

Automatically place blocks in your drawing based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far, reducing the number of clicks and saving you valuable time in the process.

Quickly find the blocks you need with machine learning powered functionality, delivering powerful time-saving automations.

Tailored Functionality

Organisations can customise AutoCAD for their industries, empowering teams to build and run discipline-specific routines and workflows.

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ACAD for Mac – M series chip

Added support for Apple Silicon increased AutoCAD for Mac’s overall performance by 2x*

Connected Design Experience

Autodesk creates an ecosystem of industry-leading design software and technology partners.

Web AutoLISP APIs

AutoLISP, a staple feature of AutoCAD desktop, now enables customisations to automate a sequence of commands in AutoCAD on the web 

AutoLISP, a staple feature of AutoCAD desktop, now enables customizations to automate a sequence of commands in AutoCAD on the web 

AutoLISP

AutoCAD LT now includes AutoLISP

Leverage thousands of previously written programs created for use in AutoCAD-based programs. AutoCAD LT supports AutoLISP Source (LSP) files, compiled LSP files, Fast-load AutoLISP (FAS), and Visual LISP Applications (VLX) files.

Markup Import & Markup Assist

Faster cross-platform markup workflows through expanded machine learning capabilities & essential experience improvements 

Markup Import & Markup Assist

Faster cross-platform markup workflows through expanded machine learning capabilities & essential experience improvements 

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Migrating Custom Settings

The CUI, tool palettes, and templates have undergone enhancements to facilitate the transfer of customised files and locations.

To utilise personalized configurations:

  1. Access the Autodesk AutoCAD <product and release> folder drop-down list from the Windows Start menu. Choose Migrate From a Previous Release.
  2. In the resulting Migrate Custom Settings dialog box, specify the release you wish to migrate from.
  3. Select the customized settings you want to transfer to the latest release.

Tab Improvements

The Start, File and Layout Tabs have been improved.

Trace Updates

Enhancements to the Trace environment continue, with the introduction of the COPYFROMTRACE command and additional settings controls on the toolbar.

Autodesk Docs Improvements

The following improvements have been made to Autodesk Docs:

  • Improved support and performance when viewing large files on Autodesk Docs.
  • Improved Desktop Connector resulting in improved performance displaying a drawing in the Start tab and opening a drawing from Autodesk Docs.
  • Improved navigation on the Start tab for drawings stored on Autodesk Docs

AutoCAD 2024 Vs AutoCAD LT 2024

AutoCAD 2024 offers more advanced features for 3D modeling, customisation with add-on apps and APIs, rendering, and CAD standards, among other features, while AutoCAD LT 2024 is a more affordable version that still offers many of the essential features for 2D drafting, annotation, and automation. 

FeaturesAutoCAD 2024AutoCAD LT 2024
Find and replace blocks based on other blocks in your drawingYesNo
Stay informed of relevant file changes with details of multi-user activities in a DWG fileYesNo
Utilise AutoLISP programs to automate repetitive tasks and enhance workflowsYesYes
Extend AutoLISP programs with third-party automation libraries, and utilize specialised editors to write and debug programsYesNo
Create and edit 2D geometryYesYes
Annotate drawings with traces, text, dimensions, leaders & tablesYesYes
Customize the ribbon and tool palettesYesYes
Attach and import data from PDF filesYesYes
Share and use data from DGN files, Navisworks, & Bing MapsYesYes
Create and edit 3D models with solids, surfaces, & mesh objectsYesNo
Customize with add-on apps and APIsYesNo
Extract object data to tablesYesNo
Create renderings with lighting, materials, & visual stylesYesNo
Apply and monitor CAD standardsYesNo
Automate counting objects and blocksYesYes
Share drawings with colleagues directly from AutoCAD or AutoCAD LTYesYes
Import feedback and incorporate changes with a click of a buttonYesNo
Learn new features and workflows to work faster with My InsightsYesNo

What's New in Specialised Toolsets

AutoCAD Architecture and MEP 2024

AEC3DPRINT

With AEC3DPRINT command, you can natively export the AEC objects to an STL file format that’s compatible with 3D printing without converting to 3D solids.

Enhanced Design Center Content

New MVBlocks and block references are available in Design Center.

More than 200 new MVBlocks and block references are added to the AutoCAD Architecture (US Imperial) and AutoCAD Architecture (US Metric) content packs for Design Center. The added content is available in metric profile for non-English languages. The content includes external lighting, bathroom accessories, furniture, site, kitchen fittings, and more.

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Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Mechanical 2024

ANSI/ASME Standard Revision Update

The section line symbol within AutoCAD Mechanical is updated to support the AWS Y14.3 – 2012 standard revision. To support AWS Y14.3 – 2012, all aspects of the section line symbol are revised to correspond with AWS Y14.3 – 2012.

AutoCAD Mechanical continues to support the AWS Y14.3 – 2003 standard revision to allow documents created in previous releases to be opened, edited, and saved without updating the section line symbol standard. By supporting AWS Y14.3 – 2012 and AWS Y14.3 – 2003, you can annotate new and as-built designs using the required standard revision.

ISO Standard Revision Update for Taper and Slope Symbols

The taper and slope symbol within AutoCAD Mechanical is updated to support the ISO 3040:2016(E) standard revision. To support the ISO 3040:2016(E), all aspects of the taper and slope symbol is revised to correspond with ISO 3040:2016(E).

AutoCAD Mechanical continues to support the ISO 3040:2009(E) standard revision to allow documents created in previous releases to be opened, edited, and saved without updating the taper and slot symbol standard. By supporting ISO 3040:2016(E) and ISO 3040:2009(E), you can annotate new and as-built designs using the required standard revision.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2024

Ortho Bill of Materials (BOM)

The Ortho Table Setup dialog box includes simplified options and more table capabilities for orthographic drawings. You can now add the Bill of Materials (BOM) for piping, equipment, steel, as well as nozzle and spool lists into ortho drawings.

Spec and Catalog Editor Enhancements

The Edit Parts and Edit Properties functions are enhanced in both Spec and Catalog Editors.

Edit parts within a selected parts family for inclusion in a spec sheet or catalog.

The Edit Parts and Edit Properties functions are enhanced in both Spec and Catalog Editors. Edit parts within a selected parts family for inclusion in a spec sheet or catalog.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

Pipe Spec Viewer Enhancements

View all parts available for a specific size in the selected spec. Use the search box to look for specific components in the Pipe Spec Viewer.

Any changes to the size and spec lists are both updated in Pipe Spec Viewer and the Part Insertion panel on the ribbon.

Ortho Single-Line Piping Enhancements

In this release, ortho single-line piping offers more enhancements including a new interface for some piping criteria providing better control when you display piping in a single-line representation in orthographic drawings.

AutoCAD Map 3D 2024

Coordinate System Update

AutoCAD Map 3D 2024 supports the new coordinate systems in the following categories:

  • SnakeGrid EWR2
  • NAD83(CSRS) / Alberta 3TM

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

AutoCAD Electrical 3D 2024

Pipe Spec Viewer Enhancements

Create a schematic symbol table from schematic reports.

The schematic report lists the symbols used in the project along with its description in a table. You can also surf through a particular symbol that is used in various locations of the project.

Wire Type Synchronisation

Wire type can now be synchronized for all wires in the network with the same signal code across the drawings.

In previous releases, when you update the type of the wire connected to the source arrows, the destination wire type was not updated. In AutoCAD Electrical 2024 toolset, when the wire type is updated at the source arrow, all wires in the network are updated to the same wire type of the source. New wire layers are created along with its properties if the destination drawing doesn’t contain the new wire type.

Refer to the 2024 Help file for further information 

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Connected Infrastructure Design with the Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection

Civil engineering projects involve complex designs and planning. For a successful project, the various components of the design and planning process must work together seamlessly. Autodesk’s Architecture Engineering and Construction Industry Collection offers a suite of software tools that allow for connected design in infrastructure projects. The collection integrates different applications, including Civil3D, Revit, Autodesk Docs, and InfraWorks, to enable civil engineers to work collaboratively and efficiently. This blog post will explore how Civil3D works with other applications in the collection, the benefits of connected design for civil engineers, and infrastructure projects.

How Does Civil3D Work With Other Applications in the Collection?

Civil3D is a software tool for civil engineers that helps in the design and analysis of infrastructure projects such as roads, highways, and land development. Civil3D works seamlessly with other applications in the collection to allow for connected design in infrastructure projects.

Revit is a software tool for architects and engineers that allows for the creation of detailed building models. Revit can import Civil3D data, allowing architects to see how buildings interact with the surrounding infrastructure.

Autodesk Docs is a cloud-based document management system that enables teams to collaborate on project documentation in real-time. Civil engineers can use Autodesk Docs to manage project documentation, including design plans, construction schedules, and specifications.

InfraWorks is a software tool that allows for the creation of 3D models of infrastructure projects. Civil engineers can use InfraWorks to visualize the impact of infrastructure projects on the surrounding environment. InfraWorks can also import data from Civil3D, enabling the creation of detailed 3D models of infrastructure projects.

The Benefits of Connected Design for Civil Engineers and Infrastructure Projects

Connected design offers several benefits for civil engineers and infrastructure projects. Let’s explore some of these benefits in more detail.

Improved Collaboration

One of the main benefits of connected design is improved collaboration between engineers and other members of the project team. By using software tools like Civil3D, Revit, Autodesk Docs, and InfraWorks, engineers can work together in real-time to make changes and updates to the model. This collaborative approach can lead to more efficient and effective decision-making, which can ultimately save time and reduce errors in the design process. Connected design also allows for better communication between team members, as everyone has access to the same data and can easily share their ideas and feedback.

Streamlined Design Process Connected design also streamlines the design process for civil engineers. With software tools like Civil3D, engineers can create accurate and detailed 3D models of their designs, which can be easily imported into other applications like Revit and InfraWorks. This integration between different software tools eliminates the need for manual data transfer, which can be time-consuming and error-prone. The streamlined design process also allows for faster iteration and decision-making, as engineers can quickly make changes and updates to the model based on feedback from other team members.

More Accurate and Detailed Modeling

Connected design enables civil engineers to create more accurate and detailed models of their designs. With software tools like Civil3D, engineers can create 3D models that accurately represent the real-world conditions of the project site. This level of detail allows engineers to analyze and test their designs more thoroughly, which can help identify potential issues and prevent costly mistakes during construction. More accurate and detailed modeling also enables engineers to optimize their designs for efficiency, reducing the overall cost and environmental impact of the project.

Better Data Management Connected design also provides better data management for civil engineers. With software tools like Autodesk Docs, engineers can store and manage all project data in one central location. This eliminates the need for manual data transfer and ensures that all team members have access to the most up-to-date information. Better data management also enables engineers to track changes and updates to the design over time, which can be helpful for future maintenance and repairs.

Enhanced Visualisation

Finally, connected design enables enhanced visualization for civil engineers. With software tools like InfraWorks, engineers can create 3D models of entire cities and infrastructure projects, which can be used to visualize the impact of the project on the surrounding environment. Enhanced visualization can also be helpful for presenting designs to stakeholders and the public, as it provides a clear and detailed representation of the project.

Unlocking the Potential of Connected Civil Engineering Design with Autodesk's AEC Industry Collection

Civil 3D, InfraWorks, and Revit are all part of the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry collection, and are designed to work together for connected design workflows.

InfraWorks is used for creating and visualizing large-scale infrastructure projects, such as roads, highways, and airports. It provides tools for creating 3D models of proposed designs, analyzing the impacts of these designs on the surrounding environment, and sharing and collaborating with other stakeholders.

Civil 3D, on the other hand, is focused on detailed civil engineering design, such as grading, drainage, and road design. It allows for the creation of detailed design models, analysis of earthwork quantities, and the creation of construction documentation.

Revit is a BIM software that provides tools for creating and managing detailed 3D models of buildings and structures. It can be used to create and analyze structural designs, as well as to manage building information throughout the design and construction process.

When used together, these tools enable a connected design workflow that allows for the creation and analysis of both the infrastructure and the buildings and structures that will be integrated into it. InfraWorks can be used to create a preliminary design of the infrastructure project, which can then be imported into Civil 3D for detailed design and analysis. Revit models can also be integrated into the design process, allowing for the creation of detailed building information models that can be analyzed in the context of the surrounding infrastructure.

Overall, the connected design workflow enabled by these tools allows for greater collaboration and efficiency throughout the design and construction process, leading to better outcomes for infrastructure projects.

 
 

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AutoCAD vs. AutoCAD Civil 3D vs. Revit

AutoCAD is a general-purpose CAD software used for 2D drafting and 3D modeling, whereas Civil 3D is specifically designed for civil engineering tasks such as road design and land development. Revit is a BIM software used for building design and construction documentation. While AutoCAD and Civil 3D are more focused on geometric design, Revit allows for the creation of detailed 3D models with parametric design features. Civil 3D and Revit also offer collaboration features such as cloud-based sharing and real-time updates, which are not available in AutoCAD. The choice between these software depends on the specific needs and tasks of the project.

FeaturesAutoCADCivil 3DRevit
2D DraftingYesNoYes
3D ModelingYesYesYes
Geometric DesignYesYesLimited
Civil Engineering DesignNoYesYes
Road DesignNoYesLimited
Land DevelopmentNoYesLimited
BIM FeaturesNoNoYes
Parametric DesignNoNoYes
Cloud-Based SharingNoYesYes
Real-Time UpdatesNoYesYes
Bridge DesignNoYesYes
TopographyNoYesYes
Civil Structural EngineeringNoYesYes

 

Civil 3D vs. Infraworks

Civil 3D and InfraWorks are both part of the Autodesk AEC industry collection and are commonly used for civil engineering and infrastructure design projects. While they share some similarities, they have distinct differences in terms of their focus and capabilities.

Civil 3D is primarily focused on detailed design for civil engineering projects, such as grading, drainage, and road design. It is a powerful tool for creating accurate 3D models of proposed designs and analysing earthwork quantities, as well as for creating construction documentation. Civil 3D is ideal for engineers who need precise control over the design process and require a high level of detail and accuracy.

InfraWorks, on the other hand, is focused on conceptual design and visualization for large-scale infrastructure projects, such as highways, airports, and rail networks. It provides tools for creating 3D models of proposed designs, analyzing the impacts of these designs on the surrounding environment, and sharing and collaborating with other stakeholders. InfraWorks is ideal for early-stage design, where the focus is on understanding the potential impacts of a project and communicating that information to stakeholders.

When used together, Civil 3D and InfraWorks enable a connected design workflow that allows for the creation and analysis of both the detailed civil engineering design and the larger-scale infrastructure design. Civil 3D can be used to create detailed design models, which can then be imported into InfraWorks for visualisation and analysis in the context of the surrounding environment. InfraWorks models can also be used to create preliminary designs that can be refined and detailed in Civil 3D.

A feature comparison matrix for Civil 3D and InfraWorks might include the following:

FeatureCivil 3DInfraWorks
Detailed designYesNo (focused on conceptual design)
Earthwork quantitiesYesNo
Terrain modelingYesYes
Analysis toolsYesYes
VisualisationLimited (focused on detailed design)Extensive (focused on conceptual design)
CollaborationLimited (focused on detailed design)Extensive (focused on conceptual design)

Overall, the connected design workflow enabled by Civil 3D and InfraWorks allows for greater collaboration and efficiency throughout the design and construction process, leading to better outcomes for infrastructure projects. Civil 3D is ideal for detailed design, while InfraWorks is ideal for early-stage design and visualisation.

Empowering Civil Engineering Design with Dynamo for Civil 3D: Streamline Workflows and Boost Efficiency

Dynamo for Civil 3D is a powerful tool that allows users to automate complex design tasks and create custom workflows for Civil 3D. Dynamo is a visual programming language that can be used to create custom scripts that automate repetitive design tasks, such as creating road alignments, profiles, and surfaces.

With Dynamo, Civil 3D users can create custom tools and workflows that are tailored to their specific project needs. For example, users can create scripts that automatically generate designs based on predefined parameters, or scripts that analyze and optimize designs for cost and efficiency.

The use of Dynamo for Civil 3D can significantly streamline the design process, reduce errors, and improve project outcomes. By automating repetitive tasks, engineers and designers can focus on higher-level design decisions and creative problem-solving.

Connected Infrastructure Design

The Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection is a powerful suite of software programs that can help architects create better designs and collaborate more effectively with other professionals in the construction industry. By using programs such as Revit, Navisworks, and Docs, architects can create digital models of buildings and share them with other stakeholders, streamlining the design process and reducing errors. By collaborating with MEP/HVAC, Structural and Civil engineers and designers, architects can ensure that their designs are not only visually appealing but also practical and functional, resulting in better-performing buildings that meet safety and regulatory requirements.

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The field of architecture has come a long way from hand-drawn sketches and blueprints. With the rise of technology, architects now have access to a wide range of software tools that can help them design and construct buildings more efficiently. One such tool is the Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Collection, a suite of software programs designed to facilitate connected design and collaboration among architects, engineers, and other construction professionals.

Understanding Autodesk AEC Collection

The Autodesk AEC Collection is a comprehensive suite of software programs that includes tools for building information modeling (BIM), 2D and 3D design, visualization, and analysis. It includes software programs such as Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, and Docs, among others. By using the AEC Collection, architects can create, manage, and share their design data more effectively, resulting in a more streamlined and efficient design process.

The Benefits of Connected Architecture Design

Connected design refers to the process of collaborating with other professionals involved in the construction process. By working together and sharing information, architects, engineers, and builders can reduce errors, speed up the design process, and ultimately create better buildings. Connected design also enables architects to incorporate feedback from other stakeholders, resulting in a more comprehensive and effective design.

Collaborating with Revit in AEC Collection

One of the key tools in the AEC Collection is Revit, a BIM software program that allows architects to design and collaborate on building projects in real-time. Revit enables architects to create a digital model of a building, complete with all the necessary information, such as dimensions, materials, and structural details. This model can then be shared with other professionals in the construction process, such as engineers and builders, to facilitate collaboration and ensure a more efficient design process.

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Connecting with Navisworks and Docs

Navisworks and Docs are two other software programs included in the AEC Collection that can help streamline the design process. Navisworks is a project review software that allows architects and engineers to visualise and analyse their designs in 3D. This can help identify any potential clashes or issues before construction begins, reducing the likelihood of errors and delays. Docs, on the other hand, is a cloud-based collaboration tool that enables architects to share and manage design data with other professionals in real-time, from any location.

AutoCAD vs. AutoCAD Architecture vs. Revit

While all three software programs are used in the architecture industry, they serve different purposes. AutoCAD is a 2D drafting and design software program, while AutoCAD Architecture is a 3D design tool specifically for architects. Revit, on the other hand, is a BIM software program that enables architects to create digital models of buildings with all the necessary information. While each program has its own strengths and weaknesses, architects can use them together in the AEC Collection to create a more comprehensive and effective design.

Tool/CommandAutoCADAutoCAD ArchitectureRevit
2D drafting✔️  
3D design ✔️✔️
Walls ✔️✔️
Doors ✔️✔️
Windows ✔️✔️
Stairs ✔️✔️
Roofs ✔️✔️
Slabs/Floors ✔️✔️
Structural elements  ✔️
MEP/HVAC  ✔️
Building Information Modelling (BIM)  ✔️

Collaboration with Other Disciplines in AEC Collection:

The AEC Collection also includes software programs designed for MEP/HVAC, Structural and Civil engineering and design. By working together with these professionals, architects can ensure that their designs are not only visually appealing but also practical and functional. MEP/HVAC software programs such as AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP enable architects to create accurate and detailed mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. This ensures that these systems are integrated seamlessly into the building design, resulting in better performance and energy efficiency.

Structural engineering software programs such as Revit Structure and Robot Structural Analysis can help architects design structurally sound buildings that can withstand various forces and loads. By incorporating these programs into the design process, architects can create more efficient and cost-effective designs that meet safety requirements.

Civil engineering software programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks enable architects to design roadways, bridges, and other infrastructure projects with accuracy and precision. By working together with civil engineers, architects can ensure that their designs are integrated into the surrounding environment and meet the necessary safety and regulatory requirements.

Connected Architecture Design

The Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection is a powerful suite of software programs that can help architects create better designs and collaborate more effectively with other professionals in the construction industry. By using programs such as Revit, Navisworks, and Docs, architects can create digital models of buildings and share them with other stakeholders, streamlining the design process and reducing errors. By collaborating with MEP/HVAC, Structural and Civil engineers and designers, architects can ensure that their designs are not only visually appealing but also practical and functional, resulting in better-performing buildings that meet safety and regulatory requirements.

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In today’s fast-paced world, the construction industry is continuously evolving with new technology advancements. As technology advances, it becomes essential to have an efficient and connected design process that incorporates design, analysis, and visualization. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is a comprehensive suite of software programs that facilitate this process. This blog post will discuss how the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection can benefit various industries by connecting design, analysis, and visualization.

Connected Design Workflow: How Software Programs Work Together

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection consists of multiple software programs that allow for a connected design workflow. The software programs in the collection work together seamlessly, allowing for efficient design, analysis, and visualization. The collection includes software programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, and more. Each software program is designed to perform a specific task, and when used together, they create a comprehensive design workflow.

Designing with Precision: AutoCAD and Revit in the AEC Collection

The first step in any construction project is design. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes various software programs that aid in the design process. AutoCAD is a widely used software program that allows for 2D and 3D drafting. AutoCAD is used to create detailed drawings, and it is compatible with other software programs in the collection. Revit is another software program that is used in the design process. Revit allows for BIM (Building Information Modelling), which helps in creating a detailed 3D model of the building. By using Revit, the design process becomes more efficient, as the software program allows for collaboration between various stakeholders.

Revit and Civil 3D: Enhancing Infrastructure and Construction Projects with 3D Modeling and Efficient Design Collaboration

Revit and Civil 3D are commonly used in the AEC industry for infrastructure and construction projects. Revit creates 3D models of buildings, while Civil 3D designs infrastructure projects. Used together, they complement each other and improve the design process by identifying potential design issues in 3D models. Changes made in one software program are automatically updated in the other. This streamlines the design process and helps identify issues early in the design phase.

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How Revit and Advance Steel Work Together to Streamline Steel Design and Fabrication

Revit and Advance Steel are two software programs that can be used together in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Revit is a building information modeling (BIM) software that is used to create 3D models of buildings, while Advance Steel is a 3D modeling software that is used to design steel structures.

When used together, Revit and Advance Steel can improve the efficiency and accuracy of the design process. For example, an engineer can create a 3D model of a building in Revit and then export it to Advance Steel to design the steel structure. The engineer can then import the steel structure design back into Revit to ensure that it is compatible with the rest of the building design.

In addition, when changes are made in one software program, they are automatically updated in the other software program. This means that any changes made to the steel structure design in Advance Steel will be automatically reflected in the building design in Revit, and vice versa.

Using Revit and Advance Steel together can also help identify potential design issues early in the design phase. The 3D models created in Revit and Advance Steel can be used to identify clashes or conflicts that may have been missed in 2D design drawings. This can help save time and reduce the risk of errors and rework later in the project.

In conclusion, Revit and Advance Steel are powerful software programs that can be used together to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the design process in the AEC industry. The ability to export and import design elements between the two software programs and ensure that changes are automatically updated can streamline the design process and help identify potential issues early in the design phase.

Efficient Analysis with Navisworks and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes software programs that aid in the analysis process. Navisworks is a software program that allows for coordination and simulation of construction projects. Navisworks helps in identifying clashes, reducing errors and rework, and creating more efficient designs. Additionally, Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional is used to perform structural analysis of buildings. The software program helps in identifying structural deficiencies and optimizes the design process.

Bringing GIS Mapping and Connected Design Together: A Comprehensive Approach with Autodesk's AEC Collection

In today’s world, design and construction projects require a more comprehensive approach than ever before. With the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Collection from Autodesk, architects, engineers, and construction professionals have access to a suite of powerful tools that can help them collaborate and work more efficiently. One of the most valuable features of the AEC Collection is its ability to integrate with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, providing a more accurate and detailed view of project sites and landscapes.

AutoCAD Map 3D is a powerful software tool for GIS mapping, which allows users to access, manage and analyse spatial data. With AutoCAD Map 3D, users can easily import and export data from various sources, such as aerial imagery, satellite imagery, and other GIS data. This software also provides a wide range of tools for data analysis, visualization and editing, making it an essential tool for GIS professionals. Some of the key features of AutoCAD Map 3D include 3D modelling and visualisation, data query and analysis, and advanced geospatial analysis tools. By leveraging these features, users can create accurate and comprehensive maps and spatial data sets for a wide range of applications.

GIS mapping is a critical component of many construction projects, particularly those that involve large-scale developments or infrastructure. By overlaying geographic data such as topography, hydrology, and geology onto a digital map, project teams can better understand the context of their projects and make more informed decisions. The AEC Collection’s integration with GIS mapping tools allows architects, engineers, and construction professionals to access this data within their design software, creating a more seamless and connected workflow.

With the AEC Collection, design professionals can also collaborate with each other in real-time using tools such as Navisworks and Docs. Navisworks allows teams to integrate and coordinate models from multiple disciplines, while Docs enables document management and sharing across teams. By using these tools in conjunction with GIS mapping, project teams can ensure that all stakeholders have access to the most up-to-date information, reducing errors and improving overall project efficiency.

Enhancing Oil and Gas Plant Design with the AEC Collection and Plant 3D

The Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Collection is a powerful suite of software programs designed to facilitate connected design for the architecture industry. One of the key software programs in this collection is Plant 3D, which is specifically designed for oil and gas plant design.

Plant 3D is a comprehensive software program that enables users to design, model, and analyze piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) for oil and gas plants. With its intuitive interface and advanced tools, Plant 3D allows users to create accurate and detailed 3D models of plant layouts, equipment, and piping systems.

One of the key advantages of using the AEC Collection and Plant 3D for oil and gas plant design is the ability to collaborate with other disciplines in the industry, such as civil engineering and structural design. By working together in a connected design environment, designers and engineers can ensure that all aspects of the plant design are integrated seamlessly, from the initial concept through to construction and operation.

In addition, the AEC Collection and Plant 3D offer a range of powerful tools for data management and analysis, enabling users to track and monitor plant performance, optimize plant layouts, and identify potential safety hazards or operational issues.

Some of the key features of Plant 3D include:

  • Intelligent P&ID design and management tools
  • Comprehensive 3D modeling capabilities
  • Advanced piping and instrumentation analysis tools
  • Integration with other AEC Collection software programs, such as Navisworks and Docs

By leveraging these features, designers and engineers in the oil and gas industry can streamline their design processes, improve collaboration, and ensure that their plant designs are optimized for safety, efficiency, and performance.

Enhancing Visualisation with 3DS Max and InfraWorks

Visualisation is an essential part of any construction project. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes software programs that aid in the visualization process. 3DS Max is a software program that allows for rendering and animation of 3D models. 3DS Max helps in creating realistic visuals, which help in selling designs to clients. Autodesk InfraWorks is another software program that helps in creating visualizations of infrastructure projects. InfraWorks allows for collaboration between various stakeholders, and it helps in creating a more efficient design process.

Streamlining AEC Projects with Autodesk Docs

Autodesk Docs is a powerful document management tool that can help streamline AEC projects when used in conjunction with the Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection (AEC Collection) software. The AEC Collection includes several software programs that are essential for building design and construction, including Revit, Civil 3D, and Advance Steel.

By using Autodesk Docs to manage project documents, stakeholders can easily access and collaborate on project files from anywhere, at any time. This can improve project efficiency and communication, as all team members can stay up-to-date on project progress and changes.

Moreover, the AEC Collection software can be seamlessly integrated with Autodesk Docs, allowing users to store and manage their project files directly within Autodesk Docs. This integration makes it easier for teams to collaborate on project files and ensures that all project documentation is stored in one place, reducing the risk of lost or missing files.

For example, Revit models can be directly linked to Autodesk Docs, allowing team members to access and collaborate on the most up-to-date model at all times. Civil 3D designs can also be stored in Autodesk Docs, making it easy to share and collaborate on complex civil engineering projects.

Overall, by using Autodesk Docs in conjunction with the AEC Collection software, AEC professionals can streamline their project workflows, improve collaboration and communication, and ensure that project documentation is secure and easily accessible.

AEC Collection in Various Industries: Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing

The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is beneficial to various industries. Here are a few examples:

Architecture: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is used by architects to design and visualise buildings. The software programmes in the collection allow for efficient design, analysis, and visualisation.

Engineering: Engineers use the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection to perform structural analysis and design. The software programmes in the collection help in identifying structural deficiencies, optimising designs, and creating efficient designs.

Construction: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is used in the construction industry to coordinate and simulate construction projects. The software programmes in the collection help in identifying clashes, reducing errors and rework, and creating more efficient designs.

Infrastructure: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is used in the infrastructure industry to design and visualise infrastructure projects. The software programmes in the collection, such as InfraWorks, help in creating visualisations of infrastructure projects. InfraWorks allows for collaboration between various stakeholders, including engineers, designers, and contractors. By using the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection, infrastructure projects can be completed more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Manufacturing: The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is also used in the manufacturing industry. The collection includes software programmes that aid in the design of manufacturing equipment and machinery. Autodesk Inventor, for example, is used to design and test products before they are manufactured, reducing errors and costs.

Architecture Engineering and Construction Collection Connected Design Matrix

SoftwareDescriptionFile TypeCommandImport/ExportLink
AutoCAD2D and 3D computer-aided design software used for creating blueprints, schematics, and modelsDWG, DXF, DWFDRAWING, MODEL, VIEW, PLOTImport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, STEP, SAT, IGES, STLExport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, STL, OBJ, FBX
RevitBuilding information modeling (BIM) software used for creating detailed 3D models of buildings and structuresRVT, RFA, RTEOPEN, VIEW, EXPORT, PRINTImport: DWG, DXF, IFC, SAT, SKP, 3DM, STL, OBJ, FBXExport: DWG, DXF, DWF, PDF, IFC, SAT, SKP, 3DM, STL, OBJ, FBX
Civil 3DCivil engineering design and documentation software used for designing, analyzing, and documenting civil engineering projectsDWGCIVIL3D, C3DImport: DWG, LandXML, RevitExport: DWG, LandXML, Revit
InfraWorksInfrastructure design and engineering software used for creating 3D models of infrastructure projectsIAMOPEN, MODEL, VIEW, EXPORT, PUBLISHImport: DWG, DGN, GIS, SHP, KML, FBXExport: DWG, DGN, FBX, COLLADA, OBJ, IFC, KMZ
3ds Max3D modeling, animation, and rendering software used for creating visualizations of buildings and environmentsMAXOPEN, MODEL, RENDERImport: DWG, FBX, DAE, OBJ, 3DS, STLExport: DWG, FBX, DAE, OBJ, 3DS, STL
NavisworksProject review software used for 3D coordination, model analysis, and clash detectionNWD, NWFOPEN, APPEND, EXPORT, PUBLISHImport: DWG, DWF, DGN, IFC, SKP, FBX, 3DS, OBJExport: DWF, DWFx, NWC, NWF, FBX, 3DS, OBJ
Advance SteelSteel detailing software used for creating structural steel models and fabrication drawingsDWG, DSTVOPEN, MODEL, EXPORTImport: DWG, CIS/2, SDNF, IFC, STEP, SAT, SKPExport: DWG, DSTV, CIS/2, SDNF, IFC, STEP, SAT, SKP
Robot Structural Analysis ProfessionalStructural analysis software used for simulating and analyzing building structuresRST, RSA  

AEC Collection: A Valuable Tool for Cost-Effective Design Processes.

In conclusion, the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection is a comprehensive suite of software programs that facilitates a connected design workflow. The software programs in the collection work together seamlessly, allowing for efficient design, analysis, and visualization. By using the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection, various industries can benefit from a more efficient and cost-effective design process. The collection is beneficial to architects, engineers, construction professionals, infrastructure designers, and manufacturers. The collection is continuously evolving to meet the needs of these industries, and it remains a valuable tool in the construction industry.

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Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical are two of the most popular software applications used in engineering design, particularly in electrical and electronic design automation. While each has its own strengths, combining these two powerful tools can lead to even greater design efficiency and productivity. In this article, we will explore how Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical work together, focusing on the EMX project, syncing files, and how they can be combined with Fusion 360 for advanced PCB design.

Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical: Combining Forces for Better Schematic Design

Introduction to Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical

Autodesk Inventor is a 3D modeling software used primarily for mechanical engineering design. It allows users to create precise 3D models of mechanical parts, assemblies, and even entire machines. On the other hand, AutoCAD Electrical is a specialized software used for electrical engineering design. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for creating and modifying electrical control systems, wiring diagrams, and other related documentation.

The EMX Project: Enhancing Design Efficiency and Productivity

The EMX Project is an add-on for AutoCAD Electrical that enables users to create 3D representations of their electrical schematics in Autodesk Inventor. This makes it possible to visualize the electrical components in 3D space, making it easier to detect potential design issues before fabrication. The EMX project also allows users to import Inventor models into AutoCAD Electrical, giving them a more realistic representation of the actual components used in their designs.

Syncing Files Between Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical

Another advantage of using Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical together is the ability to sync files between the two applications. This allows users to transfer 3D electrical harness models from Inventor to Electrical or vice versa, as well as easily update changes made in one application to the other. This seamless integration not only saves time but also ensures accuracy and consistency in design documentation.

Combining with Fusion 360: Taking PCB Design to the Next Level

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based CAD/CAM platform that allows users to collaborate on projects in real-time. It integrates with both Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical, enabling users to bring their schematic designs into the 3D modeling environment of Fusion 360 for more advanced PCB design. This integration streamlines the design process and helps eliminate errors by providing a seamless workflow from schematic design to PCB layout and manufacturing.

How to Get Started with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical

To get started with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical, users need to have a basic understanding of electrical engineering principles and practices. They also need to have access to both software applications, as well as the EMX Project add-on for AutoCAD Electrical. Additionally, users can benefit from online training resources, tutorials, and forums provided by Autodesk to help them master the software.

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Revolutionizing Electronics Design: How Autodesk Inventor's PCB Interoperability Tools are Changing the Game

Autodesk Inventor is a powerful CAD software that offers a range of advanced features for mechanical and electrical design. One of the most valuable features for electronic designers is the ability to work with printed circuit boards (PCBs) directly in the software. With Autodesk Inventor’s PCB interoperability tools, users can streamline their design process and create more accurate designs.

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How to Achieve Connected Design with Autodesk Inventor and Eagle (Fusion 360)

Look no further than Autodesk’s connected design solution between Inventor and Eagle. This powerful combination allows for seamless collaboration between mechanical and electrical design teams. Autodesk Eagle, now a part of Fusion 360, is a popular PCB design tool that offers a range of powerful features to create schematics, layout designs, and manufacturing outputs. By integrating Eagle with Inventor, designers can easily incorporate PCBs into their mechanical assemblies and optimize the fit and function of their designs. 

One key advantage of using Inventor and Eagle together is the ability to maintain a “single source of truth” for your design data. With the integration, design changes in one tool can be automatically propagated to the other, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring consistency across the design process. Another benefit of this connected design approach is the ability to visualize the PCB and its components in a 3D mechanical assembly context.

This allows designers to check for potential interferences, optimize the placement of the PCB and its components, and ultimately achieve a more efficient and cost-effective design. To get started with connected design between Inventor and Eagle, simply import your Eagle board file into Inventor.

From there, you can place the PCB into your assembly and start working on the integration with your mechanical components. Changes made to the PCB in Eagle will be reflected in Inventor, and vice versa.

Inventor’s PCB Interoperability Tools

Inventor offers a suite of tools for working with PCBs, including:

ECAD-MCAD Collaboration

This tool allows electrical and mechanical designers to work together seamlessly by importing 3D models of the PCB into Inventor. This tool eliminates the need for physical prototypes and enables designers to test the fit of the PCB in the mechanical assembly.

PCB layout import

Inventor can import and view PCB layouts from other software tools such as Eagle, Altium, and OrCAD. This feature allows designers to view their designs in a 3D environment and make any necessary changes before finalizing the design.

 Design rule checking

Inventor offers a comprehensive design rule checking tool that allows designers to check their PCB designs against a set of predefined rules. This feature ensures that the design meets industry standards and helps identify any potential errors before the manufacturing process.

Export to Manufacturing

Once the design is complete, Inventor can export the PCB design to the manufacturing process. This feature ensures that the design is accurate and ready for production.

Seamless Integration: How Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360 Work Together for Streamlined PCB Design

https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/pcb-design-with-fusion-360/Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360 are both powerful design tools that can be used for a wide range of applications. While Inventor is known for its advanced 3D design capabilities, Fusion 360 is a comprehensive product development platform that allows designers and engineers to work together in a collaborative environment.

One of the ways that Inventor and Fusion 360 work together is through their interoperability with PCB design software. In particular, Fusion 360 includes an integrated PCB design tool called Eagle that can be used to create schematics and layouts for printed circuit boards. By leveraging the power of Eagle and the design capabilities of Inventor and Fusion 360, designers can create complex PCB designs with ease.

One of the key benefits of using Inventor and Fusion 360 for PCB design is the ability to work in a connected design environment. This means that designers can collaborate in real-time with other members of their team, including electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other stakeholders. This collaborative approach can help to streamline the design process and reduce errors, ensuring that the final product is of the highest quality.

Another advantage of using Inventor and Fusion 360 for PCB design is the ability to import and export data between the two platforms. This means that designers can easily move between the two tools, leveraging the strengths of each platform as needed. For example, designers can create a 3D model of a PCB in Inventor, then import the data into Fusion 360 to add electrical components and wiring.

To get started with using Inventor and Fusion 360 for PCB design, users should first become familiar with the basic workflows and tools of each platform. They should also explore the various integration points between the two tools, including the ability to import and export data, collaborate in a connected design environment, and use the integrated Eagle PCB design tool within Fusion 360.

Why Use Autodesk Inventor for PCB Design?

Autodesk Inventor’s PCB interoperability tools make it an ideal choice for electronic designers. The ability to work with both mechanical and electrical designs in the same software environment streamlines the design process and eliminates the need for multiple software tools. This feature also enables designers to test the fit of the PCB in the mechanical assembly, reducing the risk of errors and rework.

Additionally, Inventor’s ability to import and view PCB layouts from other software tools enables designers to work with existing designs and make any necessary changes in a 3D environment. This feature saves time and improves accuracy.

Finally, Inventor’s comprehensive design rule checking tool ensures that the design meets industry standards and identifies any potential errors before the manufacturing process. This feature reduces the risk of costly errors and ensures that the design is accurate and ready for production.

In conclusion, the interoperability between Autodesk Inventor and Fusion 360, along with the integrated Eagle PCB design tool, makes these tools an excellent choice for designers and engineers looking to create complex PCB designs. By working together in a connected design environment and leveraging the strengths of each platform, designers can create high-quality PCB designs in a fraction of the time it would take with other tools.

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer – Renaming Files

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer - Renaming Files

This Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer post looks at the common workflows in both systems when it comes to renaming a file. Typically when a a file is renamed it is either named differently because their is a variation, or perhaps the design intent has changed and there may be a need to modify the filename or it is copied and the requirement to have a unique filename exists.

File Management

Renaming Files in Windows Explorer

When renaming within a Windows Explorer environment, as long as the file is not opened, you can simply left click or right-click > rename and change the filename as long as the same filename does not exist in the same file path.

There are 3rd party tools to batch rename as well of you need to change a filename in bulk.

Windows Explorer File Renaming Challenges

Using Windows, users experience the following challenges:

  • Reference management may fail as the filename in the reference file path has changed
  • Changing multiple files can be time consuming
  • Updating the part number or other metadata, properties or attributes within the file. While we can rename the file, if we need to also rename the metadata within that file, we need to go into each file that needs to be modified, make the changes, save, exit and repeat for each file that needs a similar metadata change.

Renaming in Vault

With Vault, you can rename files and metadata within the file a couple ways:

  • Rename Wizard
  • Edit Properties
  • Copy Design
 

Rename Wizard

By selecting a file or files, then right-clicking the mouse button, you can select the rename command to launch the rename wizard.

Autodesk Vault’s Rename Wizard gives you the following options:

  • Add more files to rename
  • Add a Prefix and/or Suffix or Increment
  • Modify the filename
  • Update the Part Number
  • Numbering Scheme (for Vault Professional environments)
 
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Using the Rename Wizard in Vault

Edit Properties

Like the Rename Wizard in Autodesk Vault, you can bulk update properties through the Vault Explorer without needing to open files individually.

Autodesk Vault
Editing Properties in Vault

Opening Files That Have Been Renamed

Windows Explorer

The issue with opening referenced files that have been renamed is matching the file reference. No big deal when it’s one, but if there are hundreds or more, the process can be mind numbing and time consuming.

Autodesk Vault

When files are renamed in Vault and opened in CAD, Vault tracks the change and ensures the reference to any other files are maintained, giving users more time to focus on design rather than file administration. 

Autodesk Vault Vs Windows - File Renaming Video

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer – File Management

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer - File Management

In the first post of the Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer Blog Series, we take a look at the differences between Autodesk Vault and Windows Explorer when it comes to file management and how users store, find files, create files and folders.

File Management

Windows Explorer File Management Processes and Techniques

When managing CAD or BIM data using AutoCAD, Inventor or Revit in a Windows Explorer, Network Server or even Cloud Storage environment, users typically:

  • Store data in folders
  • Sort data or projects by folder
  • Descriptive filenames that are complex and long are used to understand what the file is and what it contains
  • Find files by clicking through folders and sub-folders or searching by file name
  • Have a centralised library of content center files, xrefs, blocks, templates, etc.
  • Create multiple ipj files (for Inventor) to manage projects or isolate project specific files
  • Updating files and the file metadata on a batch scale using 3rd party tools, such as Inventor task scheduler

Windows Explorer File Management Challenges

Using Windows, users experience the following challenges:

  • Complex folder and sub-folder structures based on agreed upon rules or company standards
  • Understanding what a filename means to know what the file contains
  • Having to open the file or multiple files to find the right file/s.
  • Managing folder and filenames characters when the 255 character folder/filename limitation becomes an issue
  • Wasting time looking through folder structures to find the ‘correct’ file
  • Understanding which files reference the file you want to modify.
  • If there are duplicates, which file is the right file.
  • Using files across projects. In an Inventor environment, doing this while managing ipj files and reference errors can also become challenging.
  • Renaming or updating files on a batch scale can be laborious 
  • The time it takes windows to search and find the files is time consuming
  • Windows finds other files that may not be related
  • You can’t see the metadata or file properties that are stored within the CAD file
  • Unless the filename includes the version or revision, it’s difficult to understand if it’s the latest file
Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer - searching for a file side by side comparison
Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer - Side by side comparison when searching

Vault File Management

Using a SQL database, Vault managing folder and file entries, queries and file attributes, changing the way files are managed from relying on manual standards, file naming and folder structure procedures to leveraging file metadata and visualisation.

Using Vault, users can still use traditional folder and file naming methods to find files or by using advanced searching criteria, metadata and visualisation, users can the right file.

In the scenario below, we know the file name contains 558, it’s an ipt file and who created it, so by using this criteria, we can filter through the folder structure very quickly to isolate which file/s we are looking for. Search results can also be saved for future use too.

Autodesk Vault explorer user interafce
Autodesk Vault Explorer User Interface

Folder Management

Like Windows, using the Project Explorer interface, users can create folders, sub-folders and (also new files) also use numbering schemes, Vault properties, datasheet, categories, version controls and lifecycles to manage the folder and its contents.

Tools to find the right file in Vault

Now that we have found what files have met the search criteria, amongst other tools in Vault, we can use these tabs to give us more insight into the file:

  • Search Results – view the results, file category, stage, compliance and any other associated metadata you want to view
  • Properties – displays all the properties associated with the file
  • History – provides an thumbnail, it’s version, revision, historical state and other meta data
  • Where Used – Lets you know which files are referencing the selected file before you start editing it and making changes to the file.
  • View –  without needing to open the file, a user can view a 3D model (pan, rotate & zoom) or 2D drawing, measure, see markups, create cross sections and utilise all the other tools available in the Autodesk Viewer that is used in other Autodesk management tools such as Fusion Teams and Autodesk Construction Cloud.
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Autodesk Vault - View tab lets you preview a 3D model in Vault
Autodesk Vault visualisation viewer lets you preview the model in 3D before opening it
Autodesk Vault - View tab lets you preview a 3D model in Vault
Autodesk Vault - where used allows users to understand where the file is being used as a reference
Autodesk Vault - Where Used Tab lets you see which other files are referencing the selected file

Autodesk Vault File Management Video

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer

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Autodesk Vault Vs Windows Explorer

When using CAD software such as Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor, the natural choice is to use the Windows Explorer environment and store files and manage projects and data in Windows folders.

User who use Windows folders can experience limitations and need to do more manual operations compared to using Autodesk Vault to manage their data, however, what are the differences between these two ways of working and is the time and money spent on implementing a new system less than the time spent working in Windows folders?

The answer an overwhelming yes from Vault users, and this blog series will demonstrate the differences, so if you are unsure of why you should stop how you are managing your CAD data in Windows, this blog should answer those questions. 

What's the Difference?

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • File Management – How do you store and find files and metadata
  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed
  • Concurrent Design – How do you work on the same project and files
  • Collaboration – How do you collaborate with other team members

File Management

Windows Explorer File Management Processes and Techniques

When managing CAD or BIM data using AutoCAD, Inventor or Revit in a Windows Explorer, Network Server or even Cloud Storage environment, users typically:

  • Store data in folders
  • Sort data or projects by folder
  • Descriptive filenames that are complex and long are used to understand what the file is and what it contains
  • Find files by clicking through folders and sub-folders or searching by file name
  • Have a centralised library of content center files, xrefs, blocks, templates, etc.
  • Create multiple ipj files (for Inventor) to manage projects or isolate project specific files
  • Updating files and the file metadata on a batch scale using 3rd party tools, such as Inventor task scheduler

Vault File Management

Using a SQL database, Vault managing folder and file entries, queries and file attributes, changing the way files are managed from relying on manual standards, file naming and folder structure procedures to leveraging file metadata and visualisation.

Using Vault, users can still use traditional folder and file naming methods to find files or by using advanced searching criteria, metadata and visualisation, users can the right file.

In the scenario below, we know the file name contains 558, it’s an ipt file and who created it, so by using this criteria, we can filter through the folder structure very quickly to isolate which file/s we are looking for. Search results can also be saved for future use too.

Autodesk Vault explorer user interafce
Autodesk Vault Explorer User Interface

Autodesk Vault vs Windows Explorer - File Management Blog Post

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Reference Management

Windows Reference Management

When files are referenced within a file such as an xref in AutoCAD and Revit or iam, ipt and idw in an Inventor iam

Windows Vs Vault

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Renaming Files

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Copying Files

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

IPJ File Management

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Attributes/Properties

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

Version Control

Here’s the main differences when working in Autodesk Vault and Windows:

  • Reference management – How the systems manage file references such as when files like dwg xrefs are linked into a dwg in an AutoCAD project or with Inventor Assemblies, how sub-assemblies, parts and drawings are managed.
  • Renaming Files – How do you rename a file or a batch of files and how it affects other files that reference the renamed file.
  • Copying Files – Copying existing files from existing projects and re-using designs.
  • IPJ file management (Autodesk Inventor) – Inventor uses IPJ project files and the way they are used in both systems differ.
  • Attributes/Properties – How users modify the attributes/properties of files
  • Version Control – How versions are managed

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What’s New in Clarity 2023.1

IMAGINiT Clarity integrate between BIM platfiorms and clouds systems and file management locally

What’s New in Clarity 2023.1

IMAGINiT Clarity integrate between BIM platfiorms and clouds systems and file management locally

IMAGINiT Clarity the automation, analytics and access system for AutoCAD, Revit and construction management systems is set to release 2023.1 with enhancements and features in:

– Task Management
– Project Templates
– Project Management
– Unified Sync
– Data Enhancements
– Space Programming

Check out the video below to learn more

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Unifying Project Data at All Phases with Egnyte and Autodesk

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Unifying Project Data at All Phases with Egnyte and Autodesk

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A successful building project requires vast data, from architects’ drawings to engineers’ calculations to builders’ material lists. Projects can quickly become chaotic without a platform to unify and manage this data as important information gets lost in the shuffle. That’s why it’s vital to have a system for unifying design and construction project documents. By unifying all the data in one platform, everyone involved in the project can easily access the information they need when they need it. This not only saves time and prevents frustration but also helps to ensure that the project is completed on schedule and within budget. In short, unifying project data is essential for ensuring the success of any building project.

As anyone who has ever worked on a building project knows, architects, engineers, and builders often work with many different information sources. In the past, this data was usually stored in separate applications, making it difficult to get a holistic view of the project. By integrating those applications you are helping to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that no critical details are overlooked. This also helps to streamline the construction process by eliminating the need for manual data entry. As a result, building projects run smoothly from start to finish.

Egnyte Autodesk accelerates the pace of project activity. When integrated with Autodesk’s Revit, AutoCAD, and Construction Cloud, Egnyte’s solution unifies, protects, and controls all project data, making it easy for architects, engineers, and builders to collaborate on projects and ensure that everyone is working with the most up-to-date information. Working in concert, Egnyte and Autodesk improve project coordination, reduce errors and omissions, and accelerate project delivery.

The Egnyte Autodesk integration provides capabilities to access files at any time and any place:

For Revit files

  • Preview files without using specialized software, including the ability to quickly rotate, zoom, and measure within the file.
  • Develop custom workflows.

For AutoCAD files

  • Users access, update, and create new files all from within AutoCAD. 
  • Users can save drawings back to Egnyte for enhanced file sharing and management. 
  • Users leverage Egnyte’s robust versioning control and security settings to ensure you are constantly working on the right file at the right time.

For Construction Cloud

  • Create custom integrations that intelligently synchronize documents between Egnyte and your PlanGrid, BIM 360, Pype, and Autodesk Build projects. This helps teams organize information and stay updated. 
  • Automatically push marked-up drawings from Autodesk Construction Cloud into Egnyte. 
  • Ensure all project documents are in a single location and enforce compliance and governance policies across your organization, including archive and retention policies.

Egnyte’s native integration with Autodesk is a dream come true for architects, engineers, and builders who want to unify their data. By integrating the two systems, accuracy is increased, efficiency is gained, and time is saved. Architects can easily find the files they need with the help of the search function, and engineers can quickly retrieve the data they need for their projects. In addition, builders can use the revision history to see which drawings have been changed and make it easy to stay updated on the latest changes. Thanks to the Egnyte Autodesk integration, working with data is now easier and more efficient than ever.

The combination of migrating our project data to Egnyte, and then integrating Egnyte with our Autodesk environment, improved our operations so much that our executive team took notice. That success gave us the credibility to propose other ambitious IT projects.

C.W. Driver integrated Egnyte and Autodesk Construction Cloud to ensure project teams both in the office and on project sites work with the most current information. By deploying this integration, they connect the project teams and share information more efficiently. As a result, they can deliver better results to our clients in a shorter amount of time. And that’s something everyone can benefit from. Read their case study to learn more about C.W. Driver’s journey.

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One trusted platform to secure and govern all your company’s files, no matter where work happens.

Egnte File Sharing & Collaboration Confidently share files and collaborate with anyone in real-time.

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Confidently share files and collaborate with anyone in real-time.

Lifecycle Management Reduce complexity and mitigate risk while managing large data volumes.

Lifecycle Management

Reduce complexity and mitigate risk while managing large data volumes.

Access Governance Manage access permissions to files and folders based on user right to know.

Access Governance

Manage access permissions to files and folders based on user right to know.

Egnte File Sharing & Collaboration Confidently share files and collaborate with anyone in real-time.

File Sharing & Collaboration

Confidently share files and collaborate with anyone in real-time.

Lifecycle Management Reduce complexity and mitigate risk while managing large data volumes.

Lifecycle Management

Reduce complexity and mitigate risk while managing large data volumes.

Access Governance Manage access permissions to files and folders based on user right to know.

Access Governance

Manage access permissions to files and folders based on user right to know.

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