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July 30, 2020

Learning Resources for Connected Construction

Construction professional on-site

Construction has always been a high-risk activity. Whether you’re building a house, a hospital, or a high rise, the process of turning design ideas into finished structures tends to be complex, expensive, and dangerous. At any given moment, a myriad of things could go wrong.

Digitization offers much-needed solutions. According to a recent IDC report, mobile devices, cloud connectivity, AI, and other digital tools are enabling a more connected approach to construction, one that creates greater efficiency, safer job sites, and happier clients. And while the report reveals that most construction companies are only in the earliest stages of digital adoption, now is the time initiate change.

New approaches require continued learning. So when you’re ready to build your skills and your understanding of what’s possible with connected construction, check out these AU learning resources. 

Exploring the Autodesk Construction Cloud

Construction professional on-site

From bidding and budgeting to coordination and delivery, the Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) provides an integrated set of tools to connect people, processes, and data across all phases of building. These classes provide a great place to start:

• BuildingConnected helps you build the right team for each project using a dynamic database of construction professionals. Get the details in How BuildingConnected’s Network Is Connecting Every Construction Professional.

• Assemble helps you connect BIM data to workflows for review, estimation, and schedule management. In Assemble + Navisworks: The Ultimate Preconstruction Solution, learn best practices for conditioning data and model coordination.

PlanGrid 101 introduces you to the field software used on more than a million construction projects around the globe, enabling teams to manage and annotate sheets, perform QA/QC, and more without heading back to the trailer.

• BIM 360 is the glue that holds a digitized construction process together. In BIM 360: In(put)s and Out(put)s, discover how the various BIM 360 tools can help you, whether you’re just starting on the digitization journey or looking for advanced workflows.

Changing the culture of construction

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Advances in technology may be driving transformation, but it’s people that enable organizations to adapt. These classes share insights about how to get individuals and teams onboard:

• With Culture Shift: Technology Implementation at an “Old School” Construction Company, Chad Holbrook and Stephen Bessette share the processes that helped a traditional and somewhat stuck-in-its-ways firm implement a range of BIM 360 applications.

• Ross Wagner and Clifton Cole discuss how to introduce new approaches, invite collaboration, and increase transparency and trust among the people on the construction site in How to Get Field Technology Adoption.

• Paul Murphy shares big thoughts on empowering people to change and structuring organizations to adapt in People: The Unlikely Heroes of a Technology-Driven Transformation.

There’s always more to learn. Whenever you’re ready, check out additional resources for construction learning at Autodesk University.