by PAUL WILKINSON, Extranet Evolution
“A complete, connected solution for construction project teams” is being promised by Autodesk’s “Project Alexandria“. The exact nature of this solution is still under wraps, but you can sign up to get notifications once Autodesk starts spreading the word “soon”. We are told:
Project Alexandria is being built to connect your construction project teams, with capabilities like:
- Management of all your 2D plans, 3D models and any other project documents
- Automatic updates to document set versions, and powerful workflows and approvals
- Anytime, anywhere access to project documents for your entire project team
Of course, with the exception of the 3D model management, Autodesk has been offering a construction project team solution since the turn of the century. As I recounted last December, Buzzsaw was its first significant foray into the online collaboration field, and it then acquired Constructware in 2006. More recently, another project, “Project Skyscraper”, became Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit, augmenting Autodesk mobile functionality delivered through BIM 360 Field. With images featuring mobile devices, Alexandria is clearly promising something along similar lines for team members needing project document and workflow access via a phone or tablet (already a busy and competitive market sector). Is Buzzsaw being quietly superceded? We will have to wait and see.
Update (3 September 2015) – The Project Alexandria teaser website has been amended and it’s now clear that the project relates to Autodesk BIM 360.
Paul Wilkinson is a construction information technology specialist with extensive experience of the UK architecture, engineering and construction and ICT markets (among others). Operating as an industry writer, speaker and consultant, Paul is the champion author behind tech blog, Extranet Evolution, in addition to his independent consultancy at pwcom.co.uk. You can reach Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.