ATG Webinar: Global eTraining

 

Join Eyal Avital, Global eTraining Partner Success Manager, for a webinar covering the basics and advanced features of Global eTraining.

Eyal will cover the following topics:
-Initial setup with the enrollment key & general navigation.
-Admin Account- How does it work and navigating the Admin portal.
-How to navigate the library plugin within Global eTraining.

 

Time: Sept 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM CST

Sign up here: https://zoom.us/meeting/366163381

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

ATG USA San Diego Area Civil 3D User Group

 

 

Join ATG USA for our newly launched San Diego area Civil 3D User Group meeting on October 11 from 5:30 PM- 7PM at the Port of San Diego. We will have Technical Specialists who will share their industry expertise at each meeting. Join us for the opportunity to network with industry colleagues, exchange ideas and share best practices. Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced user of Civil 3D, we are excited to share our technical knowledge with you.
Enrique Amaya, 3DR Solutions Engineer, will present on the topic of “How the rising global adoption of drone reality capture is transforming construction.” “We’ve all heard the buzz about drones in construction. But is it just a fad or a technology that’s here to stay? From designing solar farms in Japan to building the world’s largest highway in Qatar, drones are changing the way we think about data collection. Join us as Enrique Amaya of 3DR shows how companies all over the world have solved some unique and challenging problems using drone reality capture data.”

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Simplifying the AEC Project Lifestyle

This article and all of it’s content originally appears on GovDesignHub.com. You can can read the full article here- http://govdesignhub.com/2018/09/13/simplifying-the-aec-project-lifecycle-for-government-agencies/#.W5vdSfZFyUk

Simplifying the AEC Project Lifestyle

Our governments are continuously building things. Whether it’s a new school for a city or township, a new water treatment facility, a new highway or a military base, all levels of government—municipal, state, and federal—are tasked with building structures to effectively deliver constituent services. It’s a monumental task, especially when we are seeing explosive population growth in urban areas.

These numerous and disparate construction projects differ greatly in their purpose and complexity. However, all of them, without exception, will experience some form of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) project lifecycle as they advance from conception to completion and operation.

Throughout this process, a project will require cooperation and collaboration from numerous stakeholders—individuals, organizations and agencies. Some infrastructure projects, in fact, may have more than a hundred entities working together to move the project forward. These individuals could be responsible for design, construction or even solicitation of public approvals. And each of them needs access to the project data relevant to their scope of work if the project is to be executed successfully.

This is where many problems have arisen in the past.

Historically, efforts to connect project data at every stage of the AEC project lifecycle have proven to be very difficult or costly. The result is that every time one stage of a project is completed, the data and models from that stage need to be passed on or, “handed off,” to another group of stakeholders, likely utilizing different applications each time. This cycle of uploading, downloading, importing and exporting of BIM and other project data between stakeholders adds significant time, effort, and cost to the project. But that’s not the worst part.

 

If you’ve ever created a document and then emailed it to your colleagues for review, you know how much of a mess that can become. Everyone edits a different copy of the same document. Multiple versions start flying around, and it becomes difficult to coordinate the changes. There’s a real risk, in fact, that the original intent of the document may be lost in the shuffle.

Now imagine this wasn’t just a document to be shared—rather, an intelligent digital model containing all of the requisite information to construct a building, highway or another public works project. That is exactly the type of reality many government entities and organizations are facing when navigating the AEC project lifecycle for a public works program.

What’s the alternative?

Creating a single, integrated view of the project
The easiest and simplest solution to these problems is to utilize a single, integrated platform across the entire AEC project lifecycle. And that’s exactly what today’s leading

AEC software providers, such as Autodesk, are looking to deliver.

By eliminating the disparate data storage applications commonly found in use across AEC projects and replacing them with a single, cloud-hosted platform that is purpose-built to understand and manage project data, we can effectively break the cycle of upload, download, import and export that’s slowing down the industry and creating quality control issues from a lack of data governance. And that’s just the beginning.  An integrated platform has the potential to deliver many other important capabilities to government stakeholders as they collaborate on public works projects. Examples include:

Security and scalability – A cloud-hosted platform provides a high degree of data security—typically far more than an on-premise solution. Compliance protocols such as SOC 2 ensure proper management of data and privacy protection. Cloud hosting also supports projects of virtually any size—with nearly unlimited numbers of participants, files, and file sizes—at a lower cost than local storage. 

Collaboration and controlled sharing – An integrated AEC platform enables users to work together seamlessly on their designs and models from virtually anywhere in the world. It offers granular permissions controls to enable tightly-controlled access. And it manages document versioning automatically.

Visualization – Unlike a network drive or cloud storage, an integrated BIM platform allows for easy viewing of model data on virtually any device.  In this way, designs may be readily shared with stakeholders, requiring no specialized software expertise for participation. While viewing 2D and 3D design data, markups and issues can be created and assigned with real-time notifications to provide feedback and ensure accountability.

Constructability reviews – When changes are made or suggested to a project, they tend to create coordination issues requiring resolution. An integrated platform makes it quick and easy to identify clashes or constructability problems that may arise from such changes. This helps to ensure that such issues don’t fall through the cracks, only to surface during construction and lead to delays or cost overruns.

Compliance and reporting – Are checklists being utilized to monitor the work being performed? Are things getting done as intended and safety protocols being followed? Who is accessing things, making changes and completing tasks? Have all required inspections been completed? These are examples of the kinds of activities and reporting to be expected from a platform that comprises all aspects of the AEC lifecycle.

Government agencies and organizations build a lot of things—important things that provide vital and essential services to their constituents. And they’re doing all of that building with taxpayer dollars. This means that we all stand to gain when government construction projects—highways, schools, military bases, and public works projects—are completed on time and on budget.

A disconnected set of software applications doesn’t help government agencies do that. The numbers don’t lie: integrated, cloud-based BIM solutions can cut project lifecycle costs by as much as 15 percent and reduce construction time by as much as 30 percent! An intelligent, connected, cloud-hosted platform that is built to support the AEC project lifecycle is the way forward.

 

By eliminating the disparate data storage applications commonly found in use across AEC projects and replacing them with a single, cloud-hosted platform that is purpose-built to understand and manage project data, we can effectively break the cycle of upload, download, import and export that’s slowing down the industry and creating quality control issues from a lack of data governance.

 

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

How to Achieve a Better Construction Project Management Workflow

This article and all of it’s content originally appears on the Autodesk BIM 360 blog. You can can read the full article here- https://connect.bim360.autodesk.com/construction-project-management-workflow

How to Achieve a Better Construction Project Management Workflow

Today’s job site is more complex than ever before. New building technologies, higher expectations from owners, tighter budgets, and faster timelines fuel the potential for delays, budget overruns, and team conflict.

Larger teams and a demand for greater collaboration contribute to the complexity. Which is why a more efficient construction project management workflow is vital.

RFIs and submittals are examples of these communications that need to follow a prescribed path for review and approval to meet contract obligations, but they can bog the construction process down. Even with the help of software applications designed to improve the flow of communication, the complicated dance of RFIs and submittals can feel like frustrating inefficiency.

A large number of technology point solutions attempt to address this problem by providing tools for managing RFIs and submittals. Unfortunately, they can also create additional confusion by forcing teams to switch between apps, while increasing the potential for data loss and missed communications.

It’s clear that today’s construction teams need a more streamlined way to manage project workflows, without losing the ability to align with contractual procedures.

The most efficient way to do that is to integrate contractual project controls and clear workflows on a single construction platform, so that workers have a single app to log in to and manage data through.

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Build provides all of that, as well as flexibility for day-to-day use.

The Common Data Platform

Because BIM 360 Build is built on a common data platform, it makes it easy for team members to access all project information on an as-needed basis. This includes contractual documents, design documents, markups, design and field issues, and RFIs, all visible in the context of the current sheets and models.

RFIs, submittals, and changes to documents can be made automatically visible to all team members who need access. Cloud-based connectivity and access on both mobile devices and desktops enables team members to access documents and drawings on an ongoing basis as the project progresses.

This reduces time spent transferring information from one system to another, increases ability to respond flexibly to real-time changes, and reduces the potential for errors and conflicts. All of which frees teams to quickly digest the information they need and move on to more important tasks.

 

With information in a common data platform, it makes it easy for team members to access all project information on an as-needed basis.

Seamless Project Management Workflow

Contractual procedures, communication processes, and standards can vary from one project to the next. You need to be able to create and manage multiple workflows flexibly across teams and projects, while still maintaining clear accountability.

With BIM 360 Build’s RFI workflows, teams can designate responsibilities for each step and coordinate responses from the design team. This helps RFIs and submittals to move through the process efficiently, and eliminates potential for conflicting responses.

For example, RFI workflows can be set up to allow any project member to initiate an RFI and submit it to the General Contractor. The GC can edit the RFI and assign a primary Reviewer and additional co-reviewers. This creates a clear response structure for the RFI, eliminating friction and reducing miscommunication.

Even better, BIM 360 Build allows users to establish the location of the RFI on the drawings as part of the initiation process, making it easy for everyone to visualize the location while responding to the RFI.

The combination of better visibility and controlled workflow removes guesswork and conflict, and by ensuring all critical information is immediately available to all relevant parties, it reduces rework.

BIM 360 Build provides the same flexibility for submittals, which streamlines construction project management. Users can create items in the submittal log, add items to a submittal package, and submit items and collaborate in the activity section.

To ensure adequate controls, only the GC or Manager can review the submittal package and make the final decision on when it is ready for the design team to review.

BIM 360 Build’s flexible, controlled workflows ensure a consistent, contractually compliant handoff process without limiting collaboration.

Teams using BIM 360 Build experience easier, more flexible collaboration without compromising the critical controls necessary to meet contractual obligations and ensure accountability across teams. This reduces rework, increases efficiency, and helps teams meet their budgets and timelines effectively.

When project teams have all the right information at the right time, work happens faster.

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Experience Better Construction Document Management with Newly Enhanced Sets

This article and all of it’s content originally appears on the Autodesk BIM 360 blog. You can can read the full article here- https://connect.bim360.autodesk.com/construction-document-management-enhanced-sets

Experience Better Construction Document Management with Newly Enhanced Sets

Whether it’s a mechanical plan, structural detail, or a door schedule, we’ve all had that moment where we question what we’re seeing.

“Is this the right page? Is it up to date? Why don’t these measurements make any sense? Am I looking at the current version?”

A single building project can require construction document management for thousands of documents and drawings, not to mention the number of revisions issued throughout the project lifecycle.

Adding to an already complicated task is the fact that document control is usually put into the hands of a document manager or a project engineer who is tasked with the arduous work of compiling, curating, distributing and tracking all project-related documentation.

The document manager is saddled with the responsibility of maintaining a record of every piece of information associated with the project–when it came in, when it changed, who looked at it and so on. Without this complete record, it’s difficult for a contractor to avoid responsibility for a dispute.

Touch Screens and Cloud Storage to the Rescue

Fortunately, the world of digital tools has provided a way to streamline this process. But as we all know, adopting digital tools for document management can pose some risks, including data loss, file incompatibility, miscommunication and the risk of errors and omissions through manual processes.

The myriad of applications contractors can use to help manage this information and stay focused on project completion can be useful, but come with their own challenges.

Are stakeholders and subs using the same software? Are the files compatible? Are all documents being kept up to date with the right version?

You can mitigate risk and avoid costly errors with a single cloud-based construction document management application such as Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs.

BIM 360 Docs mitigates errors by serving as the central hub for your project, where all data is collected. Project members can publish, view, and manage all documents, drawings, and models — anytime, anywhere.

 

 

Project members can publish, view, and manage all documents, drawings, and models — anytime, anywhere. 

 

“Sets” for Better Construction Document Management

Over the course of the project life cycle, the Document Manager is responsible for organizing multiple documents or files into “Sets” (or packages) that are issued for a specific purpose and named to communicate the scope and intent. A digital document management application with set management capabilities is critical to streamlining this process, and ensuring teams are working off the most current set of documents.

Now, with BIM 360 Docs enhanced document Set Management feature, organizing specific document versions into formal “Sets” (or packages) just got easier.  A Set can include documents, drawings, and models from multiple folders inside BIM 360 Docs. By default, the “Current Set” (the latest version of each document associated with a Set) will display, but it’s easy to navigate to previous Sets.

When viewing a document version from a previous set, it will automatically be displayed with an orange banner to eliminate any confusion. Teams can easily compare documents within the current Set to previous Sets to fully understand what has changed and how it might impact their scope of work, schedule, and costs. These are just a few of the many options available through BIM 360’s Set Management feature.

Why Set Management is Essential to Your Workflows

  • Any change made to the published set of documents is clearly and logically recorded, easily visible and automatically made available to team members who need it.
  • Compare versions of documents between sets, creating an added layer of transparency to be sure all changes are accounted for, ultimately reducing risk.
  • Utilizing sets will help to reduce risk, rework, and lost time by making sure your team is building off of the most current plans.

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

ATG September Phoenix BIM User Group

 

 

 

ATG USA is hosting a Phoenix BIM User Group on September 20th. This User Group will take place at the ATG USA Tempe office, located at 1295 West Washington Street, Suite 201, Tempe AZ.

Mandy Breckenridge, AIA, ATG Team Augmentation Specialists will present on “Owner Driven BIM, and What Architects Should be Asking” from 11:30 AM- 1 PM.
Mandy will discuss:
1) Upcoming shifts in the construction industry that are projected to drive changes in design model output and use
2) Define Level of Development (LOD) for Model Elements and common misnomers
3) Understand how using an LOD Specification as part of your BIM Execution Plan can Minimize Risk
4) Understand why LOD discussions with owners and contractors are crucial at Project Start

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

ATG Webinar: Showcasing the BLK360 for Architects + As-Built Conditions

 

 

 

Join James Hughes, AIA, AEC Technical Specialist for a webinar on the BLK360 capabilities. James will cover the following points during this webinar:

-Indoor and outdoor scanning workflow and best practices.
-Simplified registration of scans in Recap (project demonstration).
-Creating highly accurate architectural elements from point clouds in Revit (project demonstration).

Time: Sept 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM CST

Sign up here: https://atgusa.zoom.us/meeting/register/80dcf1ad3abb91a9cde7dc3c8da9331e

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

ATG Labor Day Hours

 

 

 

In honor of Labor Day, ATG USA will be closed on Monday, September 3rd. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 4. Have a wonderful holiday.

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.