Digital transformation for architecture, engineering & construction

See how innovators are embracing digital transformation and unlocking the full potential of BIM to deliver better outcomes for their business, industry, and the world.

Digital transformation and BIM (2:12 min.)

What is digital transformation?

Digital transformation is the shift to a digital-first mindset. It starts with using digital tools for previously analog tasks. It takes a massive leap with BIM-enabled workflows and comes into maturity with the adoption of shared standards, technologies, and processes on an open cloud platform.

Autodesk’s Nicolas Mangon on the evolution of AEC

As Autodesk VP Nicolas Mangon sees it, innovative pioneers within the AEC industry are unlocking the full promise of BIM.

By embracing optimized workflows, AEC firms are using automation, creating new revenue streams, achieving greater project certainty, and finding efficiencies that expand margins and improve performance. This kind of transformation doesn’t happen all at once. Instead, Mangon has identified four main elements that shape an extended digital journey.

Autodesk VP, Nicolas Mangon, speaking to a crowd about the evolution of AEC

The elements of digital transformation

Every journey is different. To successfully chart your own path, understand where you are—and make a plan for where you want to go.

  • A digital and rendered design of a glass building structure


    Move to digital processes to enhance skillsets and improve productivity.

    Image courtesy of DLB Associates

  • A woman wearing safety gear working on a construction site and using a tablet


    Embrace cloud-enabled collaboration and data management for real-time access to data and better insights.

  • Various rendered floor plans including different functionalities within each one


    Automate and scale processes. Adopt a digital-first mindset to transform business practices.

  • A digitized and rendered city scape including roads, buildings, and other critical infrastructure


    Unlock data and design circularity with a digital twin to reuse and refine digital and physical assets.

How Autodesk supports the journey

We’re accelerating the AEC industry’s digital transformation by integrating the complete asset lifecycle on an open cloud platform.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of creating and managing information for any project, from a single building to a bridge to a community-scale development.

Using Autodesk’s technology and cloud-based platform, project teams rely on BIM to create and work from a data-rich, 3D representation across the project lifecycle, from planning and design to construction and operations.

Better project delivery starts with connected teams, data, and processes, and is united by shared standards in a common data environment. Autodesk’s cloud portfolio makes it possible.

A digital twin integrates real-time data from a project, resulting in a dynamic and up-to-date replica, uniting design, construction, and operation data. Digital twins enable increased certainty and operational excellence on even the most complex building and infrastructure projects, all while laying the foundation for data and materials circularity.

  • Innovations driving transformation

    Advancements like generative design, design for manufacturing and assembly, and improved workflows, are creating new possibilities.

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AEC innovators are leading the way

  • A digital model of a multi-story building complex with green landscape and roads


    Ready for the unexpected

    How a project built for changing climate flexed in response to Covid-19.

    Image courtesy of STV – Architectural Resources

  • A digital model of a large transportation hub with walking pathways


    2020 Innovator of the Year

    See how Mereb is helping Dubai’s Roads and Transit Authority create smart, agile transportation solutions.

    Image courtesy of Wajdi Mereb

  • A digital design of a building being constructed and its finished product


    The prefab potential

    A streamlined, digital-first process allowed Windover to deploy modular construction for an upscale apartment community.

    Image courtesy of Windover Construction

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