Autodesk, Inc. | March 30, 2022
Autodesk, Inc. today announced the release of Bridge. This new collaboration tool enables construction teams to share only relevant data with project stakeholders, regardless of whether they are in the same team or working on the same project in Autodesk Construction Cloud. Bridge empowers teams to maintain control over their own project data sets by allowing them to share selected sheets, folders, and files with collaborators without sharing all project data. Bridge's enhanced collaboration capabilities eliminate manual data transfer and administration, ensuring that everyone is working from the same set of facts, minimizing rework and immediately impacting teams' bottom lines.
"Communicating relevant information with each stakeholder in a timely manner can be a manual and time-consuming process that often leads to data loss and miscommunication, putting us at risk of rework, increased costs and extended timelines, On the other hand, sharing entire projects with team members can compromise privacy and requires tedious permission setting. Autodesk Construction Cloud's Bridge gives us the flexibility to automatically share relevant information with stakeholders, while still maintaining control over our project data. Bridge radically simplifies our collaboration across teams and projects so we can deliver work on time and within budget."
- Luis Angel Garcia, BIM specialist, SSOE Group.
"Every construction project is different and our customers need flexibility to collaborate according to the needs of each project, Additionally, different stakeholders need to maintain agency of the data pertinent to their work on a project. Bridge introduces a transformational new collaboration capability that gives teams the autonomy and flexibility to manage their own data. Project stakeholders can maintain their own project instances and save on the time, cost and confusion that often results from having to manage external collaborator permissions and manual 'send and receive' workflows."
- Sameer Merchant, vice president of product development, Autodesk Construction Solutions.
The Bridge Connects Internal and External Teams' Project Data
Bridge provides project members with the freedom to share critical information across teams and projects using Autodesk Construction Cloud, enabling smoother collaboration and the completion of projects on time and within budget.
General contractors now have a straightforward solution for coordinating work across their trades and providing visibility to owners, all while documenting and saving owned project information in a centralized spot. So, whether they're working on a large project and want to separate each component into its sub-project or separate projects for trades to comply with owner-imposed privacy mandates, general contractors can now use Bridge to share data across multiple teams and projects from a single, easy-to-manage instance.
Specialty trades can communicate critical information with general contractors, such as project install status, while keeping their project instances. If they are working on many projects, trade teams can also consolidate their data into a single, easy-to-manage internal place for a consolidated perspective that improves analytics and decision-making.
When owners link data via Bridge, they have clear visibility into project performance and construction documentation. In manual "send and receive" procedures, information is not lost, and the data necessary to make timely project decisions becomes more accessible.
Designers can send the most recent design documents to owners and contractors and monitor the degree to which the design purpose is adhered to during construction. Bridge enables designers to safeguard intellectual property and communicate only the relevant sheets and information while saving time on manual "send and receive" operations.
Bridge is now available at no additional cost to users that use the web applications provided by Autodesk Construction Cloud.