US: Autodesk is evolving Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies to help engineers, detailers, fabricators and erectors link steel design and construction more seamlessly in an era of Cloud-enabled, connected landscape. The company has updated its Structural Fabrication Suite to support better connected BIM-based steel design and construction workflows.
Users can synchronize steel connections while still keeping them as intelligent parametric connections.Image courtesy of Autodesk.
The suite, which includes Autodesk Advance Steel, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Navisworks Simulate software, will give users tools to streamline the process from design to fabrication with model-based deliverables. Allowing users to work more collaboratively within a BIM environment, Revit, AutoCAD, and Advance Steel can help them streamline the detailing process by integrating steel detailing expertise alongside the design. Advance Steel’s model-based environment allows users to produce more accurate detailed shop drawings faster, helping to speed time to fabrication. Navisworks Simulate helps extend fabrication to the field by supporting estimation, coordination, and 4D (project timeline) simulations of steel projects. Models can be easily shared and viewed with contractors, improving coordination and minimizing waste.