Autodesk Construction Cloud, launched in November 2019 (post), is gaining traction with owners, contractors and subcontractors across the construction industry, says Autodesk.
The portfolio of software and services brings together Assemble, BIM 360, BuildingConnected and PlanGrid with Autodesk’s established design authoring tools, helping to connect headquarters, office and field teams to increase collaboration and productivity. The company says (news release) recent growth landmarks include:
- Autodesk Construction Cloud’s builders network, powered by BuildingConnected, now has over one million users, “making it the industry’s largest network of owners, designers, builders and trades, enabling each to connect with the right partners and projects”.
- BuildingConnected’s preconstruction platform now manages an estimated $56 billion worth of project bids each month, with 15 of the top 20 ENR-ranked general contractors using BuildingConnected to manage bidding.
- PlanGrid field collaboration technology is now used on nearly two million projects around the globe (a figure that I still think needs to be treated sceptically – see these post comments). Coupled with BIM 360, more than 1.5 billion drawings are now in Autodesk Construction Cloud.
- BIM 360’s machine learning technology Construction IQ is now used monthly by nearly 12,000 project leaders, demonstrating accelerating adoption of Autodesk’s predictive insights to identify, prevent and manage risk.
- Model conditioning and 3D quantification tool Assemble has had more than 85,000 models uploaded in the last year, revealing that contractors are increasingly turning to Assemble for model-based workflows.
Jim Lynch, vice president and general manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions, says:
“Our customers are continuing to see strong benefits from our best-in-class solutions working together to improve efficiency, increase margins and reduce risk for the construction industry. Autodesk is a trusted partner to more than 300 of the top ENR-ranked general contractors who use at least one Autodesk Construction Cloud product, and many of them are interested in adopting products across the entire portfolio. It’s truly accelerated our growth.”
The growth in Autodesk’s community is largely US-driven as two of its key components, PlanGrid and BuildingConected, were mainly US-oriented businesses prior to their acquisition – in November 2018 and January 2019, respectively – by Autodesk. Whilst an independent provider, Plangrid only began marketing in the UK in 2017 (post); BuildingConnected is due to be launched in EMEA during 2020.
Autodesk, in partnership with management consulting firm FMI Corporation, has also released findings from an industry study, Trust Matters: The High Cost of Low Trust. The study measured the costs and benefits of different levels of trust within construction organisations and across construction project teams. Organisations with “very high” levels of trust achieve better financial and organisational performance, the study said. 240 of the survey’s 2,500+ respondents were from the UK, which reported higher than average levels of trust and collaboration (the study also referenced a previous survey undertaken by Plangrid – post).