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Investing in the Volumetric Video Future with Arcturus

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Imagine a future where anyone, anywhere can create amazing 3D media and entertainment experiences. We’re well on the way to making this future a reality, with innovative new techniques like volumetric video. That’s why we’re excited to be part of an $11 million investment in Arcturus volumetric video editing and streaming technology, along with Cloudtree Ventures and Epic Games.

With Arcturus, content creators can edit live-action 3D performances, and stream those files to any screen—including mobile devices and XR platforms—through the HoloSuite platform. This means that artists who spent hours creating digital humans can simply modify and capture real people and more quickly populate a scene with live-action performances. Going one step further, someone using Autodesk Maya can place volumetrically captured digital humans directly into virtual worlds to expedite their workflow.

person shown on sceen of volumetric video editing software

Here an artist uses Maya to add a prop to the volumetric character, which can be baked and exported. This is made possible by the Maya plug-in for HoloSuite.

I’m passionate about nimble, efficient workflows. This is powerful in that it helps artists capture natural movement quickly so they can focus more time and energy on creating content vs. manually trying to simulate what humans already do better. Our collaboration will help make volumetric video more accessible to all artists, and lead to deeper interoperability between HoloSuite and Autodesk tools to accelerate content production.

Volumetric video contains nuanced human performance, just like film, with the added benefit that it is in full 3D. Interestingly, beyond its use in the media and entertainment industry, retailers like Anayi are setting a new standard for e-commerce by using volumetric video with shoppers. Using technology, Anayi has doubled engagement with customers online.

With continued need for engaging content fueled by emergence of the metaverse, demand for volumetric video will continue to grow to an estimated $21 billion by the end of the decade. Studios and content creators under pressure will welcome the cost and time savings high-end volumetric capture will bring. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Arcturus so creative teams can access next-gen technologies to innovate, and accelerate their projects.

See the announcement from Arcturus here. For more information on volumetric video technology, visit: https://arcturus.studio/.

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How to Know Number of Saved Old Versions & Select Other Edge, Face or Surface | Autodesk Inventor Tips

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How to Know Number of Saved Old Versions & Select Other Edge, Face or Surface | Autodesk Inventor Tips

Recently we posted “How to use Search Browser & Old Versions| AUTODESK Inventor Tips” and now we are sharing two new tips from our “120 Autodesk Inventor Tips” vault.

Our Autodesk Subject Matter Expert from i GET IT Learning created these 120 short tech tips to present at Autodesk University. Till now we have shared the first 16 tips in PLM Tech Talk and now we are sharing next 2. To get early access to tips go to – SkillAdvisor from i GET IT (myigetit.com) and choose your role and software course relevant to you and subscribe and gain access to many other Tips. Also check out our new blog section in which we publish latest trends articles regarding ACES – Blogs – i GET IT (myigetit.com).

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120 Autodesk Inventor Tips –

#17 Number of Saved Old Versions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL24Od__wsE

Numbers of Old Versions
Step 1

Open the Projects dialog

Step 2

Go to – Options > Old Version To Keep On Save

Step 3

Default = 1 &

-1 = All Old Versions Saved

#18 Select Other

To select an edge, face, surface, etc. that in not in front in the current view do the following steps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TJ_rTkg8PE

Select Other
Step 1

Hover over part or assembly 

Step 2

Select from Item selection dropdown list 

OR
Step 1

Right click on part or assembly

Step 2

Click Select Other from Marking Menu

Step 3

Select from Item selection dropdown list 

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One veteran’s career path from service to software

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This Veterans Day marks my last as the global lead for the Autodesk Veterans Network (AVN) Employee Resource Group (ERG). And as this period comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the great strides we’ve made within the AVN, as well as my personal path to working at Autodesk.

The AVN mission is to help make Autodesk the veterans’ employer of choice and create a culture where military veterans can thrive. We want more veterans to look at Autodesk as a top place to work, especially when transitioning from the military to civilian workforce. We recognize the transition can be difficult, even with strong support from assistance programs run by veterans’ groups.

Veterans Network leadership discussing and documenting ideas on a large notepad

Autodesk Veterans Network convened at the Global ERG Summit held at Autodesk University.

As an enlisted veteran myself, I’m inspired to work with the AVN to address these challenges because of my own experience transitioning from military to civilian work. Serving with the U.S. Navy, I was stationed in the electrical division of the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine USS SALT LAKE CITY (SSN-716).

My job was to operate and maintain the electrical equipment on the ship, from the steam turbine driven generators in the nuclear power plant all the way to the ice cream machine in the galley. Working in a nuclear power plant takes specialized training, and many civilian power plants recruit directly from the enlisted operator ranks to immediately start working in similar roles following active service.

But what if you want to try something different?

I was honored to serve aboard a ship and did my job well, but a continued focus on nuclear power wasn’t what I had envisioned for my life. The challenge for active duty military transitioning from service is the risk of being pigeonholed to do the same work as a civilian.

U.S. Navy veteran headshot

My job was to operate and maintain the electrical equipment on the ship.

When I went to a job fair hosted by the Transition Assistance Program at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, every single hiring manager and recruiter there was from a power plant. I wanted a change but didn’t know where to go, so I ended up working in a local electronics store.

After a year of working in retail, a mutual friend showed me a job opportunity in banking that required a college degree. I had not yet gone to college, so was skeptical, but decided to apply anyway. 

I was called to come in for an interview and was excited at the opportunity. When I arrived and sat down across from the recruiter, the first thing she told me was that I wouldn’t be hired because I didn’t have a degree. She explained that since I was a military veteran, she would take the time to talk to me about the role so I could come back and apply when I finished college. 

Meet Michelle Rasmussen, the incoming global lead for the AVN

In that moment, I made a split-second decision to do my best to convince her to give me a shot and move me forward in the process.

We talked – ok, I mostly talked – for 30 minutes and I gave the pitch of a lifetime, advocating for my own experience, aptitude, and proven ability to learn quickly and deliver value. At the end of that interview, she said she would accept my years of military service in lieu of the degree and advance me to the next round.

In the end, I got the job.

I worked in banking for five years, used my G.I. Bill to get my undergraduate degree, met a recruiter at a marketing agency through a mutual colleague at the bank, and worked at that agency for three years in sales.

In that role, I met the manager who would eventually hire me in the trials marketing team here at Autodesk. After more than eleven years, I’ve worked in marketing for our online store, led product marketing for a drawing app, and partnered with our sales teams in North America to lead AEC account-based marketing. In my current role, I’m the global head of marketing for Innovyze, a recently acquired company at the forefront of technology in the water industry.

Man posing with monsters at tech conference

I’ve held many roles during my more than 11 years at Autodesk. While leading marketing for a drawing app, this meant hanging out with monsters at Autodesk University.

I think back, often, to the way I felt when I was standing in a room full of power plant recruiters. All I knew then was I didn’t want to work in power plants, but there was no other option through military transition. That is where companies like Autodesk and our AVN can step in and make a difference.

The recruiter who accepted my military service in lieu of a college degree changed the course of my life forever. Now, I’m working every day to make sure Autodesk recruiters and hiring managers see the opportunity to do the same for others who served.

For military service members looking to learn how to make a successful transition, I recommend Vets in Tech and Hire Heroes.

Head here to learn more about careers at Autodesk.

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Highlights from a Black architecture tour in New Orleans

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“Water made this land.” This is how Malik Bartholomew, a seventh generation New Orleanian and founder of Know NOLA Tours, kicked off his tour of African influences on the city’s architecture. He starts each walking tour of Black architecture with this phrase to highlight how the ground that New Orleans is built upon was once submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, and how over millennia the Mississippi River deposited the soil that would become the land we were now standing on.

Walking tour guide in front of iron gate

Malik Bartholomew, founder of Know NOLA Tours, led a group of AU attendees on a walking tour of Black architecture.

For the first time, this year’s Autodesk University (AU) was held in New Orleans. An advantage of a new location was the opportunity to explore a different city, its history, culture, and architecture–and connect that back to the industry and technology trends discussed at AU.

In my role at Autodesk, I lead the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Audiences Marketing team and find that this intersectionality is where we see the true value our industry creates.

Smiling woman in front of orange and blue wall

Hosting AU in a new location offered an exciting opportunity to absorb a different city, its history, culture, and architecture.

As part of AU, my team wanted to offer our customers a different take on the popular Community Meet-up program. With only 2 percent of U.S. architects identifying as Black or African American and the country’s leading architecture and engineering firms in attendance, we sought to put the spotlight on the significant contributions Black and African architects made to the industry. It was my pleasure to co-host one of these Know NOLA walking tours of Black architecture and discover the positive outcomes we see when architects come from the communities they’re tasked to build.

Touring Tremé and the French Quarter

It felt like we were going back in time while walking through Tremé, the oldest Black neighborhood in the U.S. Throughout this portion of the tour, Malik told stories that highlighted an existential struggle against an unhospitable environment.

For example, New Orleans was a swamp: humid, hot, and rife with mosquitoes. Despite the abundance of crawfish, oysters, and alligators, it was only when the French colonists brought over enslaved Africans, who knew how to cultivate rice, that they developed a stable food source.

New Orleans architecture

Much of the New Orleans architecture is reminiscent of both north-central France and West Africa.

But the enslaved Africans brought more than just agricultural skills with them. Their ingenuity and artistry are what makes New Orleans’ neighborhoods so extraordinary. The intricate ironwork in the French Quarter includes hidden African symbols to signal to each other and those who would come after: “We were here, we did not forget where we came from, and we left our mark.” ​​​​​​​

In their colonization of the region, the French wanted to literally build a new Orléans and replicated features seen throughout north-central France that they knew would naturally cool their houses such as shutters, tall windows, high ceilings and front to back rooms. Other features like inner courtyards and porches designed for outdoor living reminded me of the family compounds you can still find today all over West Africa.

White home with green shutters and a flag

Shutters and tall ceilings adorned homes throughout the tour.

While on the tour, someone asked about the people who used to live in the houses of Tremé, now beautifully restored.

In response, Malik explained that New Orleans was one of the few cities where enslaved Africans could buy their freedom to join a growing community of Africans arriving from France, biracial locals, and freed Black tradesmen and women. Skills like carpentry and ironwork could provide a path to that freedom. The formerly enslaved passed these skills on to the next generation, who then used them to build the houses that we were now admiring in Tremé.

New Orleans homes with a tree

Many of the homes throughout Tremé have been restored to showcase their artistry.

Malik talked of neighborhood schools with marble floors and cypress trims. Education was a matter this community took especially seriously, which is obvious through the architecture. The local community center is also of great importance. Civil rights leaders Jerome Smith and Rudy Lombard worked there, building on a musical tradition that also shaped Louis Armstrong, who played music in the Storyville section of Tremé.

Community center with mural of jazz musician

The community center has offered a space for Tremé residents to connect for generations.

Water’s impact

When talking about water, the element that can make an area both desirable and inhospitable at the same time, Malik quoted his mother who calls anyone a fool who builds their house on the ground. “A swamp is a swamp and will always be a swamp,” she said after Hurricane Katrina. The struggle to keep water out of New Orleans is older than the city itself. Black and Indigenous communities have long advocated to live with the water instead of fighting it.

Yet it took one of the most disastrous hurricanes to ever make landfall in the U.S. and a new generation of urban planners and civil engineers, like Meagan Williams, to finally convince the city to take a new approach. Rather than trying to tame the water with levees, the city is now using green space and vacant lots to capture and then slowly release it into the waterways.

Learn more about Meagan Williams and her work as stormwater manager in New Orleans.

Looking back at the pictures I took on this walking tour and reflecting on the week in New Orleans, Malik’s stories aren’t just about struggles in an unhospitable environment. They are about the resiliency and beauty in the face of adversity when communities are empowered and their voices are heard.

Learn how local innovators are creating resilient infrastructure systems for New Orleans.

And New Orleans isn’t alone in its to work to mitigate rising sea levels or right the wrongs of racist city planning practices. Climate resiliency, for example, is a priority issue for coastal areas like Boston, San Francisco, and the Netherlands.

Leaving the tour with new perspective

The most rewarding aspect of my work is telling stories about the impact Autodesk’s technology can make in communities around the globe. My experience touring New Orleans was more than a walk through some historic neighborhoods. It provided me and the fellow attendees with important lessons to bring back to our own communities and the work we do building the cities of tomorrow.

Yellow building with blue doors

Beautiful colors adorned many of the buildings throughout the tour.

When we reimagine former prisons as lively neighborhoodsmove highways that isolate neighborhoods underground, or invest in green stormwater infrastructure, we are building a better world for ourselves and generations to come.

While the NOLA tour highlighted architectural work from more than a century ago, I’ve come to realize that the approach of empowering communities to create their own built environment is making a comeback.

From Medellin in Colombia to Nairobi in Kenya, organizations at the core of the housing crisis have identified community involvement as the secret sauce to their success. And that’s something I believe our technology can enable everyone to tap into, from planning to construction. Let’s get to work.

Learn about our first-ever Employee Resource Group Leadership Summit, held at AU in New Orleans.

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Autodesk celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

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Autodesk Latinx Network members gather for a meet-up in Barcelona.

The close of Latinx Heritage Month marks a time of reflection for me. As the global lead for the Autodesk Latinx Network (ALN), I find myself looking back on the inspirational programming we arranged for this year, as well as some of my personal experiences from the past 15 years working for Autodesk in the United States.

This year, “Bringing Diversity to the table,” was our theme. Our goal is to drive behavioral changes that allow all of us to bring our true selves to work in an environment where we feel psychologically safe.

Bringing diversity to the table implies enriching the conversation with different points of view. Imagine how boring a dinner would be if everyone invited only brought bread.

From showing a documentary about the culture of Guatemala to hosting guest speakers offering personal perspective, the program we developed this year was designed to create more awareness about the richness and diversity of the Latinx community.

Speakers such as Elena Gomez talked about facing challenges as a Latina in tech and taking risks in her path to becoming CFO at Zendesk. She mentioned the importance of having mentors that stretched what she could do and helped her grow.

Frederick Pferdt, another guest speaker, emphasized the importance of technical diversity. He discussed how many leaders don’t know how to leverage diversity to improve an organization’s culture and provided examples from his experience as Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google. He shared powerful rituals so that technical and non-technical employees could learn to respect each other, communicate more effectively, and feel a sense of belonging.

And next week, we’re teaming up with the Autodesk Black Network (ABN) to host a conversation with Walson Botelho, founder of Balé Folclórico da Bahia, a professional Brazilian folk dance company. The event is focused on helping Autodeskers learn more about the multiple dimensions of Latinx identity and the intersection of Black and Latinx communities.

Yet while these sessions aim to encourage folks to bring their true selves to work, we must also acknowledge how difficult that can be for those whose professional journeys face steeper and more complex obstacles. I’ll use my own experience as example.

Before joining Autodesk, I was part of the reseller channel in Uruguay. When I got the opportunity to join Autodesk and move to Argentina, I did not think about it twice, even though it meant I had to abandon known territory.

This job helped me understand team dynamics and the value I could bring to the conversation. At that point, being Latino was not an issue since I worked in Latin America. I did not understand that privilege.

Two years later I had the opportunity to move to California. I found great people that helped me navigate the job, but nobody (including myself) anticipated the challenges I would face by coming from a different background.

I was new to my job, new to the country, new to speaking English all day, new to understanding accents, and new to all the acronyms mentioned in the meetings.

Try using baseball idioms with someone with zero exposure to that game. I did not want to stop a meeting and ask what someone meant by “throwing a curve ball.”

I did get used to these idioms and eventually understood them. After my first year ended, I felt I was at the top of my game. My first performance review confirmed it. But I still struggled as a native speaker of a Latin language, I created long sentences. As a non-native English speaker, hunting for words could look like rambling.

I tend to always look at the bright side of life (insert some whistling) and after some time, I became a much more efficient communicator.

I went back home to Uruguay for vacation and visited my old office, where someone very close to me said, “You have changed a lot.” They were happy to see my growth but felt I had left too much behind. That was tough to hear.

Autodesk Latinx Network convene at Autodesk OTC 2023 in Nashville.

Last year, I read a book called “Employee Resource Group Excellence” by Robert Rodriguez. He mentioned the “Milli Vanilli syndrome.” This duo had a couple of hits, but later it was discovered that they were not the actual singers. They had built a persona that made them successful, but they were not being their genuine selves. I had also left part of my true self behind while trying to fit.

As the ALN lead, I want to make sure that everyone understands the contributions of Latinx talent. Beyond the stereotypes. It takes work from both sides and is a very rewarding effort. This process requires the team to create a space where everyone is safe to be themselves. And of course, this does not apply to Latinx only.

One of the goals of ALN is to ensure that all Latinx employees can thrive at the company while being their true selves. Here’s some advice from my experiences:

  • Be yourself, unapologetically.
  • Listen and observe carefully. The sweet spot is when everyone feels safe.
  • Mine for conflict, if needed. Underlying issues will just linger on if nobody addresses it.
  • Be willing to change. Bringing your authentic self does not mean that you don’t have aspects to work on. It’s about understanding that you are not leaving behind something that was a critical part of you.
  • Be a constant learner. The pandemic taught us that we always need to be ready to adapt. We need to be able to understand new scenarios and how to evolve.

For folks outside of ALN, my hope is that the learning doesn’t stop with the end of Latinx Heritage Month. Once you make the effort to understand someone’s culture and go beyond stereotypes, you might discover a new world that connects you to these people and will improve dynamics within your team and communities, alike.

Learn more about the Autodesk Latinx Network

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How to use Search Browser & Old Versions|AUTODESK Inventor Tips

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How to use Search Browser & Old Versions|AUTODESK Inventor Tips

Recently we posted “How to Configure Default Templates and Mini-Toolbars OFF by Default |AUTODESK Inventor Tips” and now we are sharing two new tips from our “120 Autodesk Inventor Tips” vault.

Our Autodesk Subject Matter Expert from i GET IT Learning created these 120 short tech tips to present at Autodesk University. Till now we have shared the first 14 tips in PLM Tech Talk. To get access to tips go to – SkillAdvisor from i GET IT (myigetit.com) and choose your role and software course relevant to you and subscribe and gain access to many other Tips. Also check out our new blog section in which we publish latest trends articles regarding ACES – Blogs – i GET IT (myigetit.com).

Follow the below videos and steps to get to know more –

120 Autodesk Inventor Tips –

#15 Search Browser

Search Browser
Step 1

Click Magnifying Glass icon on Browser

Step 2

Enter text for search.  Name  or  iProperties

Example: Search for Mate constraints
Example: Search for iProperty
Example: Search for Hole features

#16 Old Versions

Old Versions

You can use the following steps to restore or recover old saved files from the Old Versions files.
(NOTE: Not Compatible With Autodesk Vault)

  • Open file from the OldVersions folder
  • Select Options
    • Open old version (Save not allowed)
    • Restore old version to current version
    • Open Current Version

If you copy the file out of the OldVersions folder, file is treated as its own file

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Cloud workflows mean better, faster content creation

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Entertainment studios and gaming companies face relentless pressure to produce compelling content. The goal? More stories and games, faster and with leaner staff. In the streaming era, players and audiences are just a click away from moving to a different app or channel.

To compete in this always-on, always-ready-for-the-next-best-thing environment, you need creativity and efficiency. Working in the cloud helps with both, enabling industry collaboration and better workflows.

At Autodesk, it’s our job to provide the tools that allow our customers to unleash their greatest potential. And at Autodesk University 2023, we’re excited to share how we’re working to make collaboration more seamless, open, and accessible for everyone, everywhere.

Uniting the production pipeline in the cloud

The varied schedules and diverse technology in film, TV, and modern games production make collaboration a challenge. With productions spanning hundreds of people across many locations with thousands of shots, numerous assets, and millions of versions, we’re talking petabytes of data. Our new media and entertainment industry cloud, Autodesk Flow, is being created to bring people and data together across the production pipeline to unify workflows and data.

The idea is to create centralized asset management systems where all project information can live and be shared throughout the project lifecycle for continuity.

Visual representation of Autodesk's new media and entertainment industry cloud, Autodesk Flow

New media and entertainment industry cloud, Autodesk Flow, will help unify workflows and data across the production pipeline.

We’re also harnessing the cloud to provide connected workflows upstream in production, and Moxion is a great example. Our efforts are driven by genuine needs. Production teams have long struggled with siloed data, manually moving data on and off disconnected systems. At its worst, hard drives were literally trucked around between facilities, and the same shots had to be recreated over and over, draining time and increasing the risk of error.

Moxion, our powerful, cloud-based platform for digital dailies, brings raw footage from the set, into one flexible tool for review by anyone, anywhere, moments after capture. Studios and production managers coupling this with ShotGrid for project management are already seeing powerful results.

Ships sailing on the sea with Amazon Studios logo overlay

Amazon Studios leverages ShotGrid and Moxion to connect its production pipeline in the cloud.

Amazon Studios, the production arm of Prime Video, is building a ‘6th generation Studio,’ moving many aspects of production and post to the cloud. Amazon Studios is the home for talent, creating and producing original films and television series for a global audience.

Original series premiere exclusively on Prime Video, which is available in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. To manage many moving parts, and enable collaboration between teams, Amazon Studios leverages ShotGrid and Moxion to connect its production pipeline in the cloud, where on-set data flows to post-production nearly in real time.

Eric Iverson, director of product strategy at Amazon Studios said, “We see the power of these solutions at work in Prime Video’s epic narratives. Properly maintaining assets of a huge slate is pivotal to bringing new content to life, and in today’s work environment, business as usual isn’t an option.”

Driving the industry forward with open standards

A fluid cloud environment for the production pipeline leads to better collaboration. Open and interoperable data flows through flexible and scalable pipelines with much less friction. That’s why we and other companies in the M&E industry are making significant investments in developing and promoting open standards.

We’re open sourcing technologies such as RV. RV allows VFX and animation artists and production teams to view high-resolution images and sequences in real time and compare different versions while collaborating on projects. We’re providing our code contributions, alongside other industry collaborators like Sony and DNEG. The Open Review Initiative, a new project within the Academy Software Foundation, will drive a unified, open-source toolset for playback, review, and approval.

We’re also delivering Bifrost for Maya USD integration that allows you to author USD assets using the Bifrost graph. And we are supporting and driving MaterialX, Open Color IO, gITF, Open Timeline IO, and a range of other open standards to help transform the industry from closed and siloed, to open and collaborative

Bringing the power of Maya to more artists, everywhere

Maya is renowned for its 3D animation and visual effects toolset used by the largest studios around the world. We want to make content creation more accessible by lowering the barrier to entry for artists operating independently and in smaller facilities.

Young dragon cartoon image

Young dragon created in Maya courtesy of artist Gabriel Richaud.

Maya Creative is our new, more affordable version of Maya that allows creatives to tap into the power of Maya via Flex, our pay-as-you-go option for daily product use. You pay for what you use, nothing more. This model allows smaller studios to quickly add artists to their workforce to minimize crunch time.

Whether you’re a freelancer, a small indie studio, or a large production house, we’re here to empower you with the tools and workflows that bring your creativity to life. Learn more about how we’re moving the industry forward at Autodesk University 2023.

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Autodesk announces cloud-based solutions for AEC

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Digital transformation is knocking down silos one by one—and with better collaboration comes bigger questions.

Questions like: Can owners and operators optimize their assets today and reduce future costs? Can design and engineering teams share data without giving up intellectual property? Can electrical engineers adopt new tools and workflows to design for a future of renewable energy?

Three big questions. One answer: Yes.

Today, at Autodesk University (AU) 2023, we announced advancements that will improve collaboration and unify workflows across the teams that design, build, and operate the built environment. Read on to learn more.

Extending the value of BIM for owners and operators

he value of BIM for owners, demonstrated with relevant icons, and a graphic.

Autodesk continues to expand support for the full building lifecycle, downstream into the owner/operators’ segment with Autodesk Tandem, iOffice + SpaceIQ and Innovyze. Image demonstrates a summary of BIM for owners, relevant icons, and a graphic.

Tandem extends the digital thread to facility monitoring

Data is becoming a defining business asset. Yet 95%[1] of all data goes unused in engineering and construction.

Autodesk Tandem harnesses BIM data to establish the existence and location of assets, enabling digital transformation for owners by connecting disparate operational systems and contextualizing them within a 3D environment, or digital twin.

Last year we introduced our digital twin solution, Autodesk Tandem, for delivering a digital twin as an outcome of the BIM process. This year, we’re extending the value of Tandem’s powerful digital twin to monitor facility operations. Customers can now connect Tandem to operational systems and data to create a digital twin that provides insights for reducing cost and improving occupant experiences. As an example, Autodesk Tandem will be able to connect to the building management system and environmental sensors to continuously monitor a facility’s energy consumption patterns. This information can inform decisions about adjustments that optimize energy savings without sacrificing occupant comfort levels.

The public beta for Tandem Facility Monitoring is coming soon.

BIM insights and asset operations come together in one digital management solution

The post-pandemic shift to remote work has driven building owners and operators to maximize value and increase the efficiency of their facilities. Analyst firm Verdantix reports that 30% of facility executives are making cost reduction their top priority, with 22% focused on decarbonizing their building portfolio. That is why Autodesk collaborated with iOffice + SpaceIQ to enable smarter facilities and better decisions, empowering the industry to drive down costs and carbon.

iOffice + SpaceIQ represents the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio for integrated workplace and enterprise asset management solutions, focused on the operational and performance components of the building lifecycle. Archibus is the company’s integrated workplace management system (IWMS) software.

The new Archibus and Autodesk AEC Collection Bundle tightly integrates BIM, building operations and workplace software for centralized data management. This helps building owners and operators get more value from their BIM data both upstream and downstream. They can glean important insights using design and construction data in their building operations and start using operations data in future design decisions.

The alliance enhances Autodesk’s capabilities for operational building management to better support customers across the building lifecycle.

Info360 Plant brings operational, analytical platform to water industry

In the era of climate change, water and energy conservation measures are not nice-to-have, they are must-have. According to the EPA, municipalities and utilities could save up to 30% on energy costs by incorporating energy efficiency practices into water and wastewater treatment plants, leading to improved sustainability.

With Info360 Plant, Autodesk is building on our commitment to a more secure water future. We’re expanding the operation and maintenance insights of the Info360 platform to water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Info360 Plant is a cloud-based operational analytics platform built specifically for the water industry and designed by water experts. It provides real-time, automated, actionable analysis and insight to reveal and resolve issues with justifiable data.

Info360 Plant uses the power of digital twins to help plant operations teams deliver clean water, reduce their carbon footprint, manage and mitigate operational risks, reduce operating expenses, manage compliance, ​and justify facility improvement projects.

 

Increased cloud collaboration

How cloud collaboration can drive better coordination between design and construction teams.

Autodesk advances cloud collaboration and coordination for AEC customers.

We’re also continuing to invest in cloud collaboration and coordination for AEC customers to help optimize design workflows, detect issues early in the design process, and speed up project delivery time to reduce risk and cost and achieve better project outcomes.

Intellectual property stays protected with advancements to project sharing

The anytime, anywhere collaboration and project management of Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro helps design teams drive better coordination with their construction partners and owner clients. But while data sharing is great, oversharing is… not.

Using the Bridge tool in Autodesk Construction Cloud, released in March and available to any user of Autodesk Docs, Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate, Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro, and Autodesk Takeoff, engineers can control what they share across projects and accounts.

Bridge enables cross-collaboration between accounts, meaning firms can establish their project information in their own account, then share that information in a controlled manner eliminating errors and reducing project risk. Today, files and sheets can be shared using Bridge, and we are working on adding support for packages from Design Collaboration. This level of project control allows users to maintain their data in their account or project and prevent external stakeholders from accessing it prematurely.

Enabling better organization and collaboration for Civil 3D

Data management and collaboration are crucial for complex civil engineering projects. BIM Collaborate Pro leads the way in how civil engineers collaborate across project teams using the power of the cloud. With the upcoming Desktop Connector, collaborators can access the appropriate Civil 3D project data on a web browser or on their local machine more quickly than ever before. No matter where you work, you’ll have the most up-to-date information on your projects.

When you are ready to create production deliverables, you now can generate Civil 3D and AutoCAD sheet sets for drawings in the Autodesk Construction Cloud using the new cloud-first Sheet Set Manager. With the launch of the new and improved Sheet Set Manager, users can more efficiently manage and edit their documentation deliverables. This allows users to create, remove, reorder, and make edits to existing sheets. Improved collaboration support enables publishing directly to PDF and the ability to share drawings with external stakeholders – all from the cloud.

Mobile access connects the office to the field

Coordination and communication hiccups between the office and field can hinder productivity and contributes to more than $280 billion[2] in annual rework expenses in the United States.

The PlanGrid Build mobile app, available to Autodesk Docs, Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro users, helps eliminate the information gap and enables project teams to make critical decisions faster. Project teams that use Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro and Autodesk Docs can access the most up-to-date project information, navigate models in 3D, and check the status of issues, all in one place.

With the new AutoCAD Web subscription, field teams can review the latest design from their laptop or mobile device. Teams can also view designs stored in Autodesk Docs, Autodesk Drive, and other leading cloud storage providers and collaborate with the office through the Trace feature. Trace allows you to review and add feedback directly to DWG files without altering the existing drawing.

Web and mobile support like this allow teams to get the right information into the hands of those who need it when they need it, keeping teams in sync through all phases of the project lifecycle regardless of location.

 

Teaming up for sustainability

The benefits of BIM for electrical engineers.

New tool from Autodesk and Schneider Electric helps electrical engineers design for a future powered by renewable energy.

Climate change is prompting innovation in energy generation, storage, and consumption. By 2040, 40%[3] of the energy we use will come from renewables. And industry-disrupting forces deserve paradigm-shifting solutions.

Recognizing the challenge, Autodesk partnered with Schneider Electric to develop an electrical engineering design solution that integrates directly with Revit, creating a more complete and robust software that simplifies electrical design, analysis and equipment sizing with real-time calculations in a single BIM platform.

Advanced Electrical Design for Revit now extends the benefits of BIM to electrical engineers and designers, streamlining how they work and filling critical gaps in BIM-based workflows. Engineers and designers can now work in one environment to develop designs that meet local and regional standards, increase efficiency by eliminating repetitive data entry across multiple platforms, and simplify the design process with dynamically linked diagrams and automated reporting. This comprehensive and connected workflow improves execution, reduces waste and project timelines, controls costs, and optimizes energy efficiency.

The Advanced Electrical Design solution will empower electrical engineers to drive long-term digital transformation, providing greater value to customers on their journey into the new energy landscape – a must for a sustainable future.

Together, the innovations announced at AU 2023 will help our customers plan, design, build, and operate a more sustainable world.

Check out the live and on-demand classes at AU, and read on for more AEC news from Autodesk University:

  • Autodesk introduced a new AEC industry cloud, Autodesk Forma, which unifies building information modeling workflows across teams who design, build, and operate the built environment. The first Forma offering will help customers extend the BIM process into planning and early-stage design.
  • Autodesk announced a strategic collaboration with Epic Games to accelerate immersive real-time experiences across industries, with an initial focus on Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. The first integrated offering will be Epic Games’ Twinmotion for Autodesk Revit.

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Autodesk Fusion 360 extensions and more from AU 2023

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Autodesk customer DSI Spaceframes, with its factory in Chicago, is at the forefront of space frame design, engineering, fabrication, and installation.

Digital transformation is bringing better, smarter, more sustainable products to market faster than ever. 

And yet. 

Endless iteration cycles still set back new product launches and carve away profits. Factory floors still stall while programmers tell machines how to make parts. Materials still go to waste during prototyping and manufacturing. Switching between software tools still slows down design and make. Too many team members still lack access to projects on the right device at the right time. And skilled workers, rather than innovating and creating, are still required to spend their time doing mundane tasks that could be automated. 

But with open and extensible tools, partnerships with industry leaders, and Fusion 360 defining what cloud-based product development software can do, Autodesk is solving those challenges in manufacturing and moving customers closer than ever to a click-to-make future. One with greater productivity, lower costs, and fewer environmental impacts. 

I’m really excited that this week at Autodesk University (AU) 2023, we’re introducing innovations that enable rapid iteration, automate the machine programming process, and bring both the agility and power of Fusion to a browser or device near you. 

 

New Autodesk Fusion 360 extensions powered by Ansys and ModuleWorks unlock advanced product design and manufacturing capabilities 

We’re constantly expanding the capabilities of Fusion 360 to address needs across the entire product design to manufacturing process. At the same time, through extensions, we’re continuing to add advanced functionality to increase productivity and innovation in specialization areas of product development. Two Fusion extensions are taking center stage at AU 2023. 

Signal Integrity Extension, powered by Ansys, brings PCB performance analysis to Fusion 360 

On-demand PCB electromagnetic performance insights are coming to Fusion 360 in the new Signal Integrity Extension.

Today, we’re announcing a new milestone in our ongoing strategic partnership with Ansys. Industry-leading Ansys simulation technology is being integrated into Fusion 360 to power a new extension that will quickly provide useful insights about printed circuit board (PCB) signal quality as a part of the board design process. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. 

The new Signal Integrity Extension will complement Fusion 360’s growing PCB design capabilities and help bring smart products to market more efficiently. It offers the PCB designer insights into design impacts of electromagnetics on product performance. By embedding this technology, we’re enabling engineers to identify and resolve issues using simulation from directly within Fusion 360. The new solution will increase confidence in product viability and overall productivity by reducing the number of design-test-redesign cycles, time to market, and costly prototypes. Learn more here. 

Toolpath creation using ModuleWorks technology, and 5-axis control capabilities, debut in Machining Extension 

Advanced roughing, finishing, and multi-axis toolpath creation capabilities, using algorithms from ModuleWorks, are coming to the Fusion 360 Machining Extension.

ModuleWorks, a leading software component provider for the digital manufacturing industry, is recognized throughout the industry for its expertise in toolpath creation and simulation. I am excited to announce today that through our partnership with ModuleWorks, we’re bringing more advanced toolpath creation capabilities into Fusion 360.  

Earlier this year, we began combining advanced toolpath creation algorithms from ModuleWorks with enhanced 5-axis machining and other complex manufacturing workflows originally from Autodesk PowerMill into our Machining Extension. The result: new capabilities are coming to Fusion’s Machining Extension that generate higher-performance, collision-free toolpaths for efficient multi-axis milling. The first advanced strategies include new rotary pocket, rotary contour, and automatic multi-axis deburring. You will save time and money and reduce errors – some of which can be very costly – as you go to production. 

And this extension enhancement is just the beginning. We will continue to combine toolpath calculation technology from ModuleWorks with our CAM workflows to strengthen your ability to get to “make” faster with fewer mistakes. 

 

Two new industry partnerships bring more world-class capabilities to Fusion 360 

Autodesk continues to attract premier partners from our related industries. We’re quickly adding integrations for Fusion with two new partnerships. 

Makersite plug-in adds multi-criteria sustainability analysis to Fusion 360  

Sustainability analysis driven by the Makersite plug-in will highlight costs and environmental impacts of various materials in a product design. This heat map mockup of a pedal from biking manufacturer PEMBREE quickly identifies components with higher environmental impacts.

We’re bringing sustainability insights into the early-stage design process with Makersite, an AI and data management company that powers sustainable product and supply chain decisions at scale. Our partnership combines Makersite’s environmental impact and cost data with Fusion 360’s product design data.  

The new plug-in enables designers to push a button within the Fusion 360 workspace and have Makersite instantly calculate the environmental and cost impacts of a product or component design based on its structure, materials, and weight. 

Designers will get back recommendations regarding the Global Warming Potential, expected costs (also known as “should costs”), and alternative materials that are based on their organization’s own material masters and procurement data. This integration will provide real-time environmental transparency enabling enterprise manufacturers to work toward design-led sustainability goals, eliminate burdensome rework, and decrease time to market. 

CloudNC technology furthers click-to-make future  

Our partnership with CloudNC, a developer of autonomous manufacturing software, is a big step toward reducing CAM programming times by eliminating the arduous and error-prone task of creating toolpaths. In the typical design-to-make process, programming a machine to make a part can take as long as designing the part itself. Together we’re closing the gap. 

CloudNC software reduces the amount of input needed to program parts. By uploading a 3D model of any part, the software determines the needed tools and their use and generates the required toolpaths and numerical control (NC) code.  

Our partnership will enable passing a design file from Fusion 360 to CloudNC for automated manufacturing analysis. CloudNC will then return – directly inside the Fusion project –the strategies for manufacturing the part using native Fusion 360 toolpaths. This is a big step toward realizing a true “click-to-make” experience, similar to how desktop printing moves a document right from your computer to paper simply by hitting the “Print” button. 

To support this automation, Autodesk enhanced our existing CAM API, enabling integration with CloudNC and future software partners. 

 

Browser-based Fusion 360 availability expands, marking significant step toward device independence 

Fusion in a browser, for commercial Fusion 360 customers, provides users from the design office to the shop floor access to Fusion on tablets and other devices.

The pandemic has highlighted the value of having access to software tools and data anywhere, and on any device. We’ve believed this for a long time. Cloud-first technology, like Fusion 360, executes complex CAD and CAM modeling in the cloud, making it possible to provide powerful modeling capabilities to less-powerful computers through a browser. 

We’ve offered that Fusion capability to the education community for years. Today we’re announcing we will be making Fusion on-the go available more broadly to commercial Fusion subscribers. Fusion running in a browser will run on anything. Anytime. Anywhere. 

Countless people come together to design, make, supply, market, sell, and deliver every product. Each role needs timely, relevant access to project data to provide input or track changes that could impact their work. Opening online access to Fusion moves Autodesk closer to our vision of data and device independence, meeting the needs of our customers now and into the future.  

Together, the new capabilities and partnerships announced at AU 2023 will help our customers reimagine what products look like, how quickly and efficiently high-performance products are produced, and make them more sustainable. I encourage you to check out my keynote as well as our live and on-demand classes at AU to learn more. 

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New suite of capabilities maximizes BIM value

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Project stakeholders can now access critical model data with fewer steps; powerful new features provide greater control over cost and schedule management

New Orleans, September 27, 2023 – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced a suite of new capabilities across Autodesk Construction Cloud, making it easier for construction project teams to use and maximize the value of BIM from the office to the field. The enhancements provide all stakeholders with immediate access to model data and information that’s relevant, empowering team members to simplify workflows and make critical decisions faster. Also announced today are significant advancements to Schedule and Cost Management capabilities within Autodesk Build, the comprehensive construction management and field collaboration solution of Autodesk Construction Cloud, aimed at helping customers deliver construction projects on time and on budget.

“To stay in command of increasingly complex and demanding construction projects, we need to ensure teams can work from the latest information and quickly make informed decisions,” said James Mize, VDC and digital delivery specialist at CRB Group. “The model is a great source of truth during design and planning, but data isn’t easily transferred to construction teams during the build phase of a project. With the new model-based capabilities added to Autodesk Construction Cloud, we can use live Revit data to create assets, tie model properties directly to the assets, and view all the information we need in either 2D or 3D. We’re now able to take full advantage of model data to save time across all projects, minimize miscommunication and make smarter business decisions.”

Model data made easier for every stakeholder with new Autodesk Construction Cloud releases

With the new advancements launched across Autodesk Construction Cloud today, construction teams can get immediate access to and work more easily with BIM data, empowering stakeholders to use model data to identify potential project impacts, operate more efficiently and make better decisions.

  • Model-Based Workflows in Assets – Assets in Autodesk Build are now mapped and visualized in 3D using the latest design model, providing field teams with up-to-date asset tracking and equipment details. This simple automation helps to prevent errors associated with outdated model data and makes it easier to connect assets to RFIs, Submittals, Issues, Schedule, and other workflows.
  • Model Property Breakdown – Massive design files can now be parsed out into more digestible portions by creating custom views of model properties that are relevant to that day’s work. Now, customers can simply select or deselect elements including levels, property categories, rooms, disciplines, objects, or a custom property, to create a more readily and easily shareable view of the model. Model Property Breakdown will be available in Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Autodesk Docs. Read more and watch a video about this new feature on our blog.
  • Publish to the Field – VDC teams in Autodesk BIM Collaborate can create and share ad hoc views and sign-off models with field stakeholders using a mobile device, all without leaving Autodesk BIM Collaborate. Paired with Model Property Breakdown, these tools remove manual steps, simplify model data for the field, and save time for the entire project. Publish to the Field is currently in open beta.
  • Extended File Support for Mobile – Now customers can use their mobile app at the jobsite to navigate and interact with an expanded list of supported 2D and 3D design file types, including DWGs and 2D RVTs.
  • Reality Capture in Autodesk Construction Cloud – Files from reality capture such as laser scans or photogrammetry can now be brought directly into Autodesk Construction Cloud, enabling VDC teams to record precise measurements, aggregate with other models, identify and resolve issues, take progress snapshots, and provide comprehensive closeout documentation. For example, using reality capture methods like laser scanning or photogrammetry, project teams can create and work with 3D models of existing structures, such as for new builds with existing facades or capturing existing conditions for infrastructure projects, all within Autodesk Construction Cloud.

“Design files are packed to the brim with essential data, but each project stakeholder needs something different from the model,” said Ilai Rotbaein, senior director, research and development, Autodesk Construction Solutions. “The advancements we’re announcing make it easier to access model data, removing unnecessary steps and ensuring the latest information is directly in the hands of those who need it, whether they’re in the office, the trailer or out in the field. Autodesk is empowering our customers to truly connect design to construction and drive tight collaboration across the entire project lifecycle.”

Autodesk Build continues gaining industry traction, consistently enhanced based on customer feedback

In the 18 months since Autodesk Build was released, Autodesk Construction Cloud customers have created more than 50,000 projects in the construction management and field collaboration solution – up from 8,000 in July 2021. There have also been more than 300 improvements made to Autodesk Construction Cloud products in the last year to bolster performance, simplify workflow configurations, and make data access easier.

Additional enhancements now available in Autodesk Build include new workflows for project management and financials, such as:

  • Performance Tracking in Cost Management – With the new Performance Tracking toolset in Cost Management, self-performing contractors can analyze productivity and cost data in ‘near’ real-time to gain clear visibility into the potential risk of schedule delays and cost overruns to enable accurate forecasting. Read more and watch a video about this new feature on our blog.
  • Schedule Compare and Version Control – Robust version compare now allows users to visually compare up to five different versions of a schedule to quickly identify activity changes. New version control capabilities introduced today include a change history log and unique distribution lists for each schedule update.

To learn more about these releases, other updates to Autodesk Construction Cloud, and how we partner with customers to drive better business outcomes:

  • Join us for Autodesk University 2023, a global conference in New Orleans, with select events available online with no cost to attend via the AU 2023 Digital Pass.
  • Watch a live stream of the construction keynote session on Wednesday, September 28 at 1:30pm CT, by registering for the AU Digital Pass.
  • Read the Digital Builder blog for more stories of how customers are seeing success and achieving better business outcomes with Autodesk Construction Cloud.

About Autodesk

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