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Autodesk Forge Data APIs: Standardized Granular Data Extraction to Reduce Code Base

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    For several years, Stantec has maintained a software stack used to extract data from Revit software for various purposes. Most recently, this was in support of a benchmarking effort to collect standardized, normalized data from our models for reporting and analysis by project type and sector. In this scenario, users must “submit” their data after they have a QA check. Autodesk Data Exchange and APIs present a method to standardize the data extraction process and give control to the end user in regards to what data is exported for downstream use. This process removes the compute from the local desktop and reduces the complexity of the internal code base. Using Microsoft Azure as a data pipeline, we move the data traffic off the corporate network (LAN, WAN, VPN, and ISP). This class will discuss our development of a solution that maximizes the Autodesk Forge Data APIs. In addition to benchmarking, we’ll touch on some of the other areas where we have experimented with the tooling, including as part of our digital twin project.

    Key Learnings

    • Discover the value of the Autodesk Forge APIs for developing custom solutions.
    • Learn how to apply Autodesk Data Exchanges to workflows that require subsets of data to be shared across multiple apps and teams.
    • Evaluate the potential value in creating your own custom solution.
    • Learn about the long-term value of Autodesk's move to granular cloud data and how to capitalize on that value through APIs.