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Bridgit, the leading provider of construction resource management solutions, today announced it has launched an integration with Autodesk®, following news of a $7 million USD strategic investment led by the company. Bridgit Bench is now integrated with BIM 360® and BuildingConnected®. Customers can add and edit a project in Bridgit Bench from BIM 360 or BuildingConnected, log in to Bridgit Bench with their BIM 360 credentials, and open Bridgit Bench in a BIM 360 Partner Card. BIM 360 and BuildingConnected are part of Autodesk Construction Cloud™, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network, and predictive insights. The connections between Bridgit Bench and both BIM 360 and BuildingConnected are powered by Autodesk Construction Cloud Connect. Integrating project data between Bridgit Bench and BIM 360 or BuildingConnected and accessing Bridgit Bench using BIM 360 credentials reduces double entry for users, minimizes potential discrepancy errors, and breaks down silos between the systems, giving customers the ability to enhance resource management during preconstruction and site construction.

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