Autodesk Collaborates with Microsoft, Unveils New BIM Document Management Service

By CIOReview | Monday, December 7, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Autodesk has announced to work with Microsoft to make its 3D modeling software interoperable with Microsoft’s mixed reality environment. The collaboration is also providing a new cloud based virtual workspace to create, manage and share 2D and 3D project documents, plans and models, reports Kim Slowey for ConstructionDIVE.

The mixed reality environment combines the Autodesk Fusion 360 software with the Microsoft HoloLens headset. Autodesk Fusion 360 software helps users to design, test and view 2D and 3D models in mixed reality environment, enabled by a Microsoft HoloLens headset. Microsoft HoloLens uses holograms to visualize things in real spaces and has a built-in speaker to give a precise audio experience.

 According to Autodesk, the new Autodesk BIM 360 Document management service, gives users the real-time collaborative access to construction documents via the cloud. The collaboration, benefits engineers and designers, to digitally view a full scale model during the product design, before fabrication. This in turn saves time, reduces error and cost required for the physical prototypes.

 The new Autodesk BIM 360 Docs service helps users to access the construction documents with prior permission and approval process, in order to maintain the documents updated, preventing out-of-date information from entering the workflow.

"We’ve collaborated with Autodesk throughout the development process, and, based on what we’ve seen so far, BIM 360 Docs is on the right track to offering the industry an integrated technology solution for this generations-old problem." says Jason Reece, technology and innovation improvement lead at Balfour Beatty Construction.