This IDC Perspective highlights our analysis of the company's current AEC and BIM approach and strategy. IDC recently attended Autodesk University (AU) 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the annual gathering of Autodesk customers and partners, to learn about the company's progress in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC); manufacturing; and media and entertainment industries.
"Although Autodesk doesn't explicitly discuss '5D BIM' as prevalently as some of the software players in the AEC market, its acquisitions and organic development over the past 1.5 years show an intent to offer multidimensional, 5D BIM. 5D BIM (Building Information Modeling) is 2D or 3D modeling, plus the elements of time (via project management) and cost (of materials, labor, and the project). Basically, a natural progression of the BIM market, where the BIM model becomes increasingly content rich with a full set of project information, yet can be flexibly consumed by architecture, cost estimation, project management, or construction teams throughout the design and build process. It's a similar dynamic and progression that we have seen with the manufacturing industry over the past 5-10 years, where supplier, costing, and process information now can be included in the product model, accessible by a multidomain team," said Jeff Hojlo, program director, Product Innovation Strategies at IDC.