Forge Lightning Talks - Using Forge to make BIM 360 your own
At Autodesk University 2020 you were able to learn from hundreds of Autodesk experts and your industry peers. But the learning does not stop there! You still have plenty of time to catch any of the classes you might have missed. Perhaps you are interested in learning more about Forge and BIM 360. BIM 360 is a tool for everyone but Forge makes it specific to you. So check out the below classes focused on connecting, integrating, and automating BIM 360 needs to see how you can improve your workflows and innovations.
In this presentation, Autodesk Consulting will share how they created the custom tools necessary to make BIM 360 match the specific needs of our customers – from creating a project setup tool that guarantees that projects are set up in the correct fashion and by the correct people, to building a backup tool that provides the off-site file storage required by certain customers, to embedding BIM 360 into Microsoft Teams.
Automation is key to increase productivity and to reduce human error, but how to bring that to BIM 360 workflows? Design Automation API brings the power of the desktop engines to the cloud, including AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and more. This class will show how to automate common tasks for those files, focusing on how to read from BIM 360 Document Manager, modify, check, and save back the results. A basic understanding of Forge programming is required.
Data is only as powerful as our ability to find what we need. And with the exponential increase of design documents hosted on BIM 360 Document Manager, a custom search is becoming a must-have. This class will explore how to implement a custom deep file search using Forge, Autodesk's cloud platform, and AWS services. Basic understanding of general & Forge programming is required.
Looking for a low-code development platform to build your custom Forge solution? Join this class to learn how to utilize Power Automate, a low-code development tool by Microsoft, to leverage data from your Autodesk cloud services using Forge APIs. Discover how to build a custom connector for your Forge solution in Microsoft Power Automate. I will cover how you can automate the extraction of data from your BIM 360 projects, export it into your enterprise database, and stream it to a live PowerBI dashboard.
In the early days of CAD, we made 2D creations of designs. Then came the era of creating models in 3D. Now, the next phase is connected BIM (Building Information Modeling). This era is about building applications and solutions that connect a community of people to a project or product, and to the new means of production. This class will showcase how users can utilize the power of the cloud using Revit software and BIM 360 software. It will also showcase how the users can customize the information present in BIM 360 using Forge and how they can make their own customized apps.
With almost a million downloads worldwide, the Autodesk BIM interoperability tools—which include the Model Checker for Revit software—have become the industry standard in reviewing Revit models. This tool is now available for your BIM 360 models! Built on Forge, the Model Checker on Forge tool can review all your models and generate reports on their compliance with the checks you define. Whether pass/fail, counts, or lists, you can view the check reports individually and easily put them into a Microsoft Power BI dashboard. This session will be a thorough study of this amazing new tool, including how to use it and tips and tricks.
While companies try to adapt BIM 360 software to their projects and integrate with their existing workflow, one of the challenges is setting up projects in scale. While using a product’s web user interface may be enough for a few projects, tasks involved in setting up projects—such as adding users and building a standard folder structure with appropriate user permissions—can easily become time-consuming, tedious, error-prone manual labor. In this class, we will show you a tool that helps you set up projects in bulk by importing from CSV files. The tool consists of a collection of commands that you can run in combination. The features include: creating projects, populating users and company, setting up services, adding users to projects, and creating folders with user permissions. The tool is a desktop application written in .NET using Forge APIs.
Arkio is a design tool used to bring your ideas and conceptual building designs to life inside virtual reality (VR). VR lets you immerse yourself in the creative process by freely walking around your design or stretching a wall with simple hand gestures. In this class, we will take a deep dive into the Forge Design Automation for Revit API to show how users can easily load their latest BIM 360 Revit models into VR and make design changes that are pushed back to Revit and BIM 360 in a collaborative way.
Wondering how BIM 360 software can improve design workflows for an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor? This class will showcase how worldwide general contractor Maire Tecnimont has planned the implementation of BIM 360 on projects, and its disruptive impact on the traditional workflows. The session will analyze the platform strengths and limitations and will demonstrate how to redesign the traditional waterfall approach in order to get the most out of the BIM 360 features. Through the showcase of an industrial plant project, we will explain why BIM 360 is the solution that lets team members effectively collaborate to maximize efficiency and project quality regardless of where they are located.
This class will explain how to manage and improve the construction process of linear infrastructure projects with BIM 360 software in order to improve data quality and reduce costs and time by 60%. The digitalization of these processes enables us to retrieve relevant data and information directly in the construction site, reducing wastefulness, and promoting sustainability. Currently, we are managing roughly 150 projects with BIM 360 Docs, BIM 360 Field, and BIM 360 Project Management software. For these projects we mainly implemented three processes: the quality check, the inspection survey in BIM 360 Field, and the design variation check. The management of the company can use data and statistics to analyze the progress and the status of the works through powerful dashboards made with Forge. We will show the workflows improvements with clear metric analysis.
This class will focus on high-level workflows between BIM 360 Cost Management software and various, standard, industry enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages. We will also introduce the middlewares making these connections, and the importance of connecting project controls with construction ERPs.
Availability of BIM 360 Model Coordination software made the clash detection portion completely automatic; i.e., uploading files to a given space or a folder in BIM 360 Docs software automatically triggers cloud-based, Navisworks-like, clash-detection service. However, how to interpret those results and resolve the issues are currently completely left up to the users. In this session, we will explore possibilities to further automate some portion of analyzing clashes and suggesting possible resolution options. We approach this goal by making use of all the available Forge capabilities, combining the BIM 360 Model Coordination API to detect clashes, keeping track of issues and resolution with the Issues API to accumulate as a knowledge base, and suggesting/making possible changes to the model using Design Automations for Revit software.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) practitioners are seeking more efficient ways to analyze the accumulated data in BIM 360 projects on a daily basis. Microsoft Power BI is a popular, powerful tool that provides intelligent dashboards to inspect the data. In this class, we will show you three different ways to analyze BIM 360 project data with Power BI for BIM coordination and communication purposes. The first way will be with no coding; the second will be with a little bit of coding, and the third way will be with real programming (and handy templates). You will also learn how to build a simple app that integrates Power BI and Forge. Join us and discover which method is suited for your skill set and your workflow, or combine them in different scenarios.
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