Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has completed the acquisition of technology assets from Colorado-based Get The Point, LLC and today introduced Autodesk Point Layout, new software for layout at construction sites. The move strengthens Autodesk’s construction solutions portfolio and extends Building Information Modeling (BIM) further into the field. The acquisition and product release underscore the company’s efforts to transform the construction industry using BIM from the earliest stages of design all the way through project delivery and building operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Autodesk Point Layout automatically creates points from BIM and CAD models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Navisworks software. The point data drives robotic total station hardware, such as Topcon’s line of positioning systems and related hand-held devices or tablets, to give contractors and sub-contractors laser-guided pinpoint accuracy for the placement and verification of building elements.
By removing error-prone manual layout techniques, Autodesk Point Layout improves field accuracy and productivity, as building designs are more accurately and quickly brought to life at the construction site. The result is faster construction, which helps building projects get completed on-time and on-budget. With fewer people on site for less time, Autodesk Point Layout also helps improve construction site safety.
In combination with the cloud-based Autodesk BIM 360 portfolio for field management and coordination, Autodesk Point Layout adds another vital element in improving construction industry productivity.“BIM continues to transform the building industry in new and important ways. Connecting the digital model to the physical site is a key step in achieving efficiency and accuracy on the job site and across all aspects of the project,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Information Modeling and Platform Products Group, Autodesk. “Autodesk Point Layout is a big step in advancing that effort. More broadly, it’s part of Autodesk’s expansive arsenal of tools to extend BIM and its productivity gains into all parts of the workflow, including construction.”