Autodesk’s BIM 360 Layout promises to enhance the construction
layout process by providing contractors access to coordinated
real-time point models in the field via their cloud-connected
The software permits users to upload models with layout points
directly onto their iPads from other Autodesk offerings, such
as AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. It then improves the accuracy
and efficiency of construction layout tasks by connecting these
iPads to a total station, then making it easier to locate and
verify point locations on the building site itself.
Cloud connectivity ensures that the coordinated models are kept
both up-to-date and accessible for all project team members
during the process of layout in the field, ensuring accuracy
and the avoidance of errors.
The software provides real-time model navigation for performing
a range of project functions, including layout, quality
assurance and control, and as built-collection on the job
The software expands the benefits of BIM from the architectures
and engineers who create designs in the office to the
contractors who actually make projects a physical reality in
Ondrei Poliak, Virtual Construction Manager for
Edmonton-headquartered PCL Construction, said that the software
is especially beneficial for the design-build process.
“Design-build really lends itself well to implementing this
technology…we can manage model files and put them in the field
so these guys can be more efficient and more effective.”
According to Chris Tiritas, Virtual Construction Engineer, PCL
Construction, the ability to access fully updated model
information enables them to avoid costly mistakes that were a
frequent enough occurrence in the past.
“In the past we had issues where the field had information that
was a day old, and that information is no longer
correct…sleeves were put in wrong, or in-beds were not laid out
Cloud-based connectivity means that updating models is a
two-way process that involves contractors amending data while
on site in addition to receiving it from the office.
“This tool has simplified how to layout points, and how to get
information from the field back into the office, as easy as it
is to get from the office out into…