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New Model-Based Workflows, Reality Capture and Extended File Support in Autodesk Construction Cloud Make BIM More Valuable to Construction Teams

Autodesk | September 28, 2022 | Read time : 03:15 min

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Autodesk University – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced a suite of new capabilities across Autodesk Construction Cloud, making it easier for construction project teams to use and maximize the value of BIM from the office to the field. The enhancements provide all stakeholders with immediate access to model data and information that's relevant, empowering team members to simplify workflows and make critical decisions faster. Also announced today are significant advancements to Schedule and Cost Management capabilities within Autodesk Build, the comprehensive construction management and field collaboration solution of Autodesk Construction Cloud, aimed at helping customers deliver construction projects on time and on budget.

"To stay in command of increasingly complex and demanding construction projects, we need to ensure teams can work from the latest information and quickly make informed decisions, The model is a great source of truth during design and planning, but data isn't easily transferred to construction teams during the build phase of a project. With the new model-based capabilities added to Autodesk Construction Cloud, we can use live Revit data to create assets, tie model properties directly to the assets, and view all the information we need in either 2D or 3D. We're now able to take full advantage of model data to save time across all projects, minimize miscommunication and make smarter business decisions."

-James Mize, VDC and digital delivery specialist at CRB Group.

Model data made easier for every stakeholder with new Autodesk Construction Cloud releases
With the new advancements launched across Autodesk Construction Cloud today, construction teams can get immediate access to and work more easily with BIM data, empowering stakeholders to use model data to identify potential project impacts, operate more efficiently and make better decisions.
  • Model-Based Workflows in Assets – Assets in Autodesk Build are now mapped and visualized in 3D using the latest design model, providing field teams with up-to-date asset tracking and equipment details. This simple automation helps to prevent errors associated with outdated model data and makes it easier to connect assets to RFIs, Submittals, Issues, Schedule, and other workflows.
  • Model Property Breakdown – Massive design files can now be parsed out into more digestible portions by creating custom views of model properties that are relevant to that day's work. Now, customers can simply select or deselect elements including levels, property categories, rooms, disciplines, objects, or a custom property, to create a more readily and easily shareable view of the model. Model Property Breakdown will be available in Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Autodesk Docs. Read more and watch a video about this new feature on our blog.
  • Publish to the Field – VDC teams in Autodesk BIM Collaborate can create and share ad hoc views and sign-off models with field stakeholders using a mobile device, all without leaving Autodesk BIM Collaborate. Paired with Model Property Breakdown, these tools remove manual steps, simplify model data for the field, and save time for the entire project. Publish to the Field is currently in open beta.
  • Extended File Support for Mobile – Now customers can use their mobile app at the jobsite to navigate and interact with an expanded list of supported 2D and 3D design file types, including DWGs and 2D RVTs.
  • Reality Capture in Autodesk Construction Cloud – Files from reality capture such as laser scans or photogrammetry can now be brought directly into Autodesk Construction Cloud, enabling VDC teams to record precise measurements, aggregate with other models, identify and resolve issues, take progress snapshots, and provide comprehensive closeout documentation. For example, using reality capture methods like laser scanning or photogrammetry, project teams can create and work with 3D models of existing structures, such as for new builds with existing facades or capturing existing conditions for infrastructure projects, all within Autodesk Construction Cloud.

"Design files are packed to the brim with essential data, but each project stakeholder needs something different from the model, The advancements we're announcing make it easier to access model data, removing unnecessary steps and ensuring the latest information is directly in the hands of those who need it, whether they're in the office, the trailer or out in the field. Autodesk is empowering our customers to truly connect design to construction and drive tight collaboration across the entire project lifecycle."

-Ilai Rotbaein, senior director, research and development, Autodesk Construction Solutions.

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Jones Street Investment Partners Secures $179 Million in Construction Financing for Three Northeast Multifamily Projects

Jones Street Investment Partners | November 15, 2022

Jones Street Investment Partners, a private equity real estate firm focused on multifamily assets located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S., today announced that it has secured $179 million in construction financing to develop luxury multifamily communities in Kittery and Brunswick, Maine, as well as Manchester, New Hampshire. Securing these loans enables Jones Street to expand its portfolio in key secondary markets across the Northeast that are severely supply constrained and have demonstrated consistently strong rental growth. “We appreciate the support of our financing partners, Our ability to secure these loans at attractive terms is a testament to the strength of our relationships, the quality of our business plans and our established track record. Each of these projects aligns with our emphasis on long-term, cash flowing investment strategies that have the potential to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns. We look forward to ingraining ourselves within each of these communities and delivering exceptional living experiences to our future residents.” -Matt Frazier, founder and CEO of Jones Street Investment Partners. Jones Street secured a $70 million loan from Key Bank as well as a $7.9 million preferred equity investment from a major investment manager to develop Seacoast Residences, a 282-unit multifamily community located at 76 Dennett Road in Kittery. The five-building property, which is situated along I-95 and immediately across the border from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will feature luxury unit finishes, a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, dog park, sun deck, and on-site nature trails. Seacoast Residences is located in an area with a limited supply of rental product and is poised to benefit from its proximity to major employment centers. A number of national and regional businesses operate in the New Hampshire and Southern Maine seacoast regions, including Andover Healthcare, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, CSI Engineering, Northwestern Mutual, and Sun Life Financial, among others. Jones Street expects to complete construction in early 2024. Bangor Savings Bank provided Jones Street with a $36 million loan to develop an amenity-rich, 181-unit multifamily community in Brunswick. Located on Admiral Fitch Avenue in a Qualified Opportunity Zone, the property sits within the Brunswick Landing Development, a former naval base that is being revitalized and includes nearly 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space. Ideally situated three miles from downtown Brunswick and within 30 minutes of downtown Portland, which is experiencing sustained rent growth, the property is expected to benefit from the strong employment market. A number of major regional and national employers, including L.L.Bean, VividCloud and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, as well as top-ranked Bowdoin College, operate in the area. The property is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2024. Jones Street secured a $65.1 million loan from Berkshire Bank to develop a 250-unit multifamily community in downtown Manchester. Located at 75 Canal Street within a Qualified Opportunity Zone, the property will consist of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and approximately 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. It will also feature an array of amenities including a clubhouse with a full-service kitchen and game room, fitness center, business center and two outdoor courtyards. Manchester boasts low unemployment rates, high affordability and strong economic growth. This has translated into high occupancy and consistently strong rental growth. Major employers in the area include Oracle, TD Bank, New York Life and Southern New Hampshire University. Jones Street expects construction to be completed in the summer of 2024. About Jones Street Investment Partners: Jones Street Investment Partners is a privately held real estate investment management firm focused on multifamily investments located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Formed in 2014, the Boston-based firm is an opportunistic and disciplined value-based investor focused primarily on the management of long-term, cash-flowing investment strategies and drawing on the capabilities of affiliate Jones Street Residential for asset and property management. Aligning an institutional-quality investment and operational approach with the economic and strategic interests of its investors, Jones Street is a trusted source of investment opportunities for its capital partners. Jones Street’s portfolio consists of 4,389 apartment units with approximately $1.3 billion of current assets under management and $360 million of equity invested.

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Caterpillar Expands Construction Industries Portfolio with Four Battery Electric Machines

Caterpillar | October 06, 2022

To support customers during the energy transition to a lower-carbon future, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) will display four electric machine prototypes, including battery prototypes, at bauma 2022 Oct. 24-30 in Munich, Germany. Caterpillar is focused on delivering purpose-built solutions to help customers achieve their sustainability goals by geography, by jobsite and specific customer need. One of many solutions, the battery electric machine prototypes include the 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, 950 GC medium wheel loader and 906 compact wheel loader. The machines are powered by Caterpillar battery prototypes and include an onboard AC charger. The company also plans to offer an offboard DC fast charging option. "Caterpillar is well positioned to help customers reach their sustainability goals, including lowering emissions on the jobsite, It's important we meet customers on their sustainability journey today with a variety of solutions including machines that run on renewable fuels or technology that increases fuel efficiency, as well as supporting them into the future as we power our next generation of machines." -Tony Fassino Group President Construction Industries. The Caterpillar-designed batteries in these machines will also be available to power other industrial applications. Built on proven Caterpillar technology, the lithium-ion battery range features a modular design that offers flexible configurations across multiple applications. The batteries are engineered to be scalable to industry and customer performance needs and maximize sustainability throughout their lifecycle, including recycling and reuse at the end of life. "Our electrified products leverage our deep system integration experience and are designed to meet the performance expectations that customers have come to expect from Caterpillar, We're focused on helping our customers achieve the optimal product and jobsite energy lifecycle, allowing them to maximize value and minimize their total cost of operation." -Joe Creed, Energy & Transportation Group President. About Caterpillar: With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we've been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment.

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First Robot Inducted Into Builders Association

SQ4D | December 09, 2022

SQ4D's revolutionary 3D printer Max ARCS (they/them) has been formally inducted into the Long Island Builders Institute. This marks a first of its kind for a construction 3D printing company to be peer-recognized as a builder. As a leader in the Construction Technology space, SQ4D has developed its patent-pending ARCS (Autonomous Robotic Construction System) technology to robotically build a structure's footings, slab, foundation walls, interior walls, exterior walls, and roof. All of this is printed on-site and accounts for over 50% of the total construction. SQ4D aims to revolutionize the antiquated field of construction by utilizing a combination of automation, additive manufacturing, and sustainable building methods to produce cost-efficient structures, all while improving worker safety. This official induction demonstrates the rapidly growing acceptance and adoption of new technologies, specifically 3D printing, within the well-established construction industry; a space long devoid of technological advancement. Formed in 1941, the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) is an association of building industry professionals; LIBI is a local chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the New York State Builders Association (NYSBA). The organizations represent over 140,000 members, including builders, developers, general contractors, remodelers, and now… a robot named Max. Long-time LIBI member Charles Weinraub is one of Long Island's most active developers. Weinraub has already built one home with his own Max ARCS printer, and has since changed his entire business model for 2023 to build exclusively using 3D printing technology. The construction industry hasn't been disrupted in 100 years, Weinraub says, SQ4D's revolutionary technology enables me to deliver a far better product in less time at a lower cost. Already included in his upcoming plans are a number of 3D printed projects, such as a 25-lot subdivision as well as a 26-unit senior rental community, both scheduled to break ground in 2023. "It's time to drop the hammer and let the 3D printers do their work as we push the construction industry forward." -Kristen Henry, Chief Technology Officer SQ4D. SQ4D is a construction technology company from Patchogue, NY, that produces 3D printers for building residential homes and commercial buildings.

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LENNAR ANNOUNCES VISIONARY COMMUNITY OF 3D-PRINTED HOMES WITH ICON IS NOW UNDERWAY IN GEORGETOWN, TX

Lennar Corporation | November 11, 2022

Lennar, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, and ICON, a construction technologies company pioneering large-scale 3D printing, announced today that construction on the largest community of 3D-printed homes is underway and reservations will begin in 2023. Situated north of Austin in the city of Georgetown's master-planned community of Wolf Ranch by Hillwood Communities, a Perot company, the 100-home community combines innovative robotics, software and advanced materials to create homes that are technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable and architecturally striking. Each Lennar home in Wolf Ranch is co-designed by the renowned architectural firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Prices are anticipated to start from the mid-$400,000s. 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Georgetown has a rich history, with Victorian storefronts and a cultural district with a wide selection of restaurants, wineries, shops, art galleries, theaters, and museums, as well as Southwestern University, tied for the No. 1 National Liberal Arts College in Texas in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking. Outdoor recreation includes 40 parks, 16 miles of hiking and cycling trails, and Lake Georgetown. Georgetown is the fastest growing city in the U.S. with a population of more than 50,000.

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