Paul Bardati unpacks some of the perks bundled with the new AEC Collection
With Autodesk transforming their licensing models over the last couple of years, August 1, 2016 marked a significant moment in their 34-year history. It marked the final sale of perpetual licensing, it discontinued their Design Suites offerings, and finally, it ushered in the new Industry Collections as Subscription (term-usage) licensing.
One of the Industry Collections introduced is the AEC Collection (Architecture, Engineering, Construction).
What’s in the AEC Industry Collection
AEC Collection comes with Revit, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, Civil 3D, Map 3D, Plant 3D, P&ID, Utility Design, Vehicle Tracking, 3ds Max, Navisworks Manage, and Raster Design. It also includes Cloud Services such as AutoCAD 360 Pro, FormIt 360 Pro, InfraWorks 360, Insight 360, ReCap 360 Pro, Rendering in A360, Structural Analysis for Revit, and 25GB storage.
Compared to the ‘old’ Building Design Suite Premium
In comparison to the ‘old’ Building Design Suite Premium, it includes all the same applications except for Showcase, and the Navisworks is now Manage, not Simulate. In addition, you are gaining quite a few more applications that Premium never included. With reference to Building Design Suite Ultimate, again you are getting everything except for Inventor and Robot Structural Analysis Professional. These missing applications can be added as separate individual Subscription licenses if you wish.
The general idea behind the AEC Collection is to provide you access to all the Autodesk software applications you might possibly need throughout a project. It covers multiple disciplines and provides access to specific tools for various unique areas of the design and construction processes. The AEC Collection will also open up your access to Cloud services.
9 Perks of the AEC Collection
So let’s take a closer look at the applications within the AEC Collection. I won’t go into detail on the AutoCAD, AutoCAD-based and Revit applications as you are probably well aware of these already.
The Revit is an all-in-one Revit including all three disciplines: Architecture, MEP and Structure.
The Navisworks Manage provides you with the full capabilities which basically includes the ability to do clash detection.
Vehicle Tracking is a neat application whereby you can analysis the vehicle swept path of various types of vehicles to ensure your project site can accommodate the anticipated vehicle traffic.
AutoCAD 360 Pro brings the power of AutoCAD to your mobile devices.
FormIt 360 Pro is a sketch-up-like application for early-stage conceptual design and whole-building energy / solar analysis.
Insight 360 provides you with optimize building performance with centralized access to performance data and advanced analysis engines.
ReCap 360 Pro opens the door to working with digitally scanned data.
Structural Analysis for Revit allows you to do structural analysis in the cloud directly from within Revit.
Rendering is much faster in the cloud with Rendering in A360.
There are many more perks than the nine above, but I wanted to bring these big ones to your attention. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about any of these AEC Collection applications or another application – we’re here to serve and to ensure you get the most out of all your Autodesk software.