For a better information flow during their project lifecycle, stakeholders require open formats that improve collaboration and reduce the risk of losing and recompiling data. Autodesk and Infrakit established a partnership to bridge gaps between project phases with open data exchange formats. Infrakit will now enable the use of 3D designs from Autodesk’s civil engineering design tools, Autodesk® Civil 3D® and Autodesk® InfraWorks®. Users can exploit and validate the 3D Designs in construction work through the Infrakit cloud platform.
This integration with Autodesk leading technologies will allow customers to forward checked designs to field solutions like Machine Control systems (MC) through Infrakit to create and ensure common understanding among stakeholders. MC uses data from sources such as 3D models to guide construction equipment during earth works. Users can ensure the improvement of safety, efficiency and quality while also reducing environmental impacts, schedule, and costs.
This partnership together, along with progress in open data exchange formats, enables more connected data and information workflows from design to construction. Enhancing our customers’ ability to collaborate and ensuring seamless flow of information regardless of vendors and service providers is crucial for accuracy and timeliness of project outcomes.
“The buildingSMART Infrastructure Room has been working with industry stakeholders and the Railway Room to develop IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) extensions for infrastructure to include roads, bridges, marine and rail entities. There is a clear need to improve information exchange between disciplines and across the project lifecycle into asset operations in order to leverage improving technology capabilities without a need to recreate data at each stage” said Marek Suchocki, Chair of the buildingSMART International Infrastructure Room Project Steering Committee and Autodesk Global Business Development Executive. “Technology providers have been fully engaged in the developing, testing and implementation of this international standard to better demonstrate seamless data exchanges that will improve the adoption of open formats resulting in better project outcomes and fewer errors or rework. This will ultimately make the whole infrastructure industry more productive and sustainable and bodes well for the future.”
Connecting the communication gaps between project phases helps stakeholders avoid wasted resources and expensive errors, providing them with the latest plans and schedules. Customers using Infrakit can now benefit from syncing design models from Civil 3D and InfraWorks with machine control systems. This seamless approach will enhance quality and monitor as-built progress reported from the field in real-time. Additionally, when quality documentation builds up into the system, it can be easily handed over to asset information management – digitally.
“We are excited to partner with Autodesk, a technology leader in our industry, to provide our mutual customers with enhanced data flow from design phase to the construction phase.” – Teemu Kivimäki Founder and CEO of Infrakit Group Oy. “Many customers are using products from both companies and are looking to build a workflow that requires fluid data transfer between them.”
“The convergence of design and construction workflows coupled with the digital transformation of the AEC industry is delivering great value to infrastructure projects. We are pleased to be in a position to help our customers realize this value through our partnership with Infrakit” – Eric DesRoche, Sr. Manager AEC Design Strategy at Autodesk.
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Infrakit is an industry-disrupting digital platform to increase infrastructure construction productivity. We are driven by the goal of a sustainable infra industry – while offering 20% savings in total project costs. Our customers include the most advanced construction companies and infrastructure owners in the world. We have been helping our customers to digitalize their infra projects since 2010 – over 30 billion euros of infra-assets has been built with Infrakit in more than 2000 projects in 11 countries.