By Pal Porkolab for Autodesk University


As BIM and general 3D design technologies are advancing in the AEC industry, the application in the infrastructure sector is getting broader and broader. There are pretty extensive pilots and proof of concepts already out there and lot of buzzing is happening around digital twins and connected city models and smart cities. The advancement is happening even in the large-scale infrastructure projects, where complete corridors and networks of infrastructure assets are getting virtualized and connected.

Considering that the environmental discipline is an organic part of almost every project, especially in the infrastructure industry, the…

By Ravi Wood, Jess Purcell, and Ryan Cameron for Autodesk University


This article highlights standards and best practices for design technology management across design firms. Firms using strategic collaboration get an enhanced return on investment (ROI) that enables them to reach and build pioneering success on the prowess of human capital. We will showcase the processes involved in delivering the vision of firms’ management to achieve digital leadership in the industry. Design leadership has multiple facets and can be summarized as the Three Ps: Projects, Processes, and People. We focus on Processes in this excerpt. Design leadership is at its…

By Alex Lobos for Autodesk University


Learning provides an insight into the world around us and helps to define lives, careers, and beyond. When it comes down to CAD learning, however, most people limit its potential to commands, clicks, and picks. This article explores how learning across multiple Autodesk tools is becoming a true catalyst for life-long career success. Learning is explored from three angles: first by enabling digital tools that are easy and fun to learn. What if learning CAD was as fun as playing a video game? Second is the use of credentials and learning pathways that provide…

By Kean Walmsley for Autodesk University

Autodesk Research has been exploring the intersection of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Internet of Things (IoT) for the last decade. Project Dasher integrates sensor data with model data from the Autodesk Forge platform to contextualize IoT data in 3D. This article explains what is happening with Dasher and looks at the Forge capabilities that Dasher has used — which are available to all Forge developers — to build a digital twin integrating real-world performance data.

Related: Digital Twin: Bringing MEP Models to Life with David Andrew Fink and Alejandro Mata

History of Project Dasher

Here’s the original…

By Enrique Galicia Tovar for Autodesk University


4D time simulations in Navisworks software for construction projects are often complicated BIM services to be used on a daily basis. Reasons can include problems in model coordination, time and element mismatches, time model execution availability, and more. With the approach outlined here, we will use the Dynamo player and Dynamo workflows with Revit 2021 to clean, manage, label, and even create a time schedule so 4D simulation can be easily created and the communication proposal facilitates model coordination and execution. We will cover several routine workflows so that all elements for any…

By Paul Munford and Luke Mihelcic for Autodesk University


Is there still a place for 2D drafting in modern design and manufacturing? Depending on your processes and technology, the answer may be yes or no, but for many of us, it’s going to be somewhere in between. You don’t have to choose between 2D and 3D. We’d like to show you some tips, tricks, and workflows to use 2D drafting in AutoCAD and 3D parametric design in Inventor together.

Perhaps you are transitioning from one product to the other? Perhaps you are coming from AutoCAD to Inventor, and you want…

By Jacquelyn Brown, Robert Loncar, and Stephanie Rindosh for Autodesk University


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is a state agency responsible for more than 550 miles of highway. As design and construction projects increase in complexity, the Commission faces multiple challenges with data management and variations in project deliverables. With advancing technology, their final goal is to implement digital models as a requirement for project bidding. In congruence with current challenges and goals, they partnered with Microdesk to integrate organization standards and initiate the process of building intelligent 3D model designs using Civil 3D software. This article outlines the solutions that…

By Olga Kerkhanidi for Autodesk University


The efficiency of a project team is sometimes slowed by the repetitive and tedious manual operations of modeling, data entry, or quantifying. Using Dynamo scripts allows us to save time and minimize human error, and provides the tools for quality controls. This article will give an idea of when and where Dynamo can be used to manage data and automate object placement for existing building projects. This approach is not as obvious because BIM in general, and Revit in particular, are originally oriented towards new construction. We will provide an example of exploration, application…

By Nikolas Martelaro, Mike Kuniavsky, and Nick Akiona for Autodesk University

The age of computational design has finally arrived. Incorporating data and artificial intelligence (AI) at every stage of a design process transforms our design tools, and perhaps the very definition of what it means to design and engineer. We have started to tap the enormous opportunity in the data flows and computational capabilities available to us. And as access to data — and our ability to extract knowledge from it — grows, we see opportunities for organizations to rethink design processes at a fundamental level.

We see a near…

By Pete Strycharske for Autodesk University

There is an increasing desire to build custom designs that can more easily convert from traditional mechanical / industrial CAD tools into BIM-ready content that can be utilized inside of Revit. Autodesk Inventor has the capability to generate Revit-ready content, but often this requires specialized knowledge of the process. What if things didn’t have to be this way? The workflow presented here will utilize everyday Inventor techniques to set the stage for powerful iLogic capabilities to allow virtually any designer to configure Inventor models into Revit-ready content.

The Goal

Why Is This Topic Important?

As design, manufacturing, and construction industries increasingly…

Autodesk University

Learn, connect, explore. The official account for Autodesk University.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store