Project Skyscraper was announced at the American Institute of Architects 2014 conference on the 27th June in Chicago and it is a project that will bring ease of use for all users around the world.
If you are an engineer, contractor or architect then Project Skyscraper (made for Revit users) will enable you to collaborate all via the Autodesk 360 Cloud Platform.
Project Skyscraper is geared to make BIM (Building Information Modelling) workflows through teams in different countries and localities seamless and easy, so it will be interesting to see if this technology preview lives up to expectations.
Of course whilst internet pipes are getting much faster on the whole, this element alone could bottleneck what is a sought after solution, as bandwidth is unfortunately massively variable even across the same Geographic locations.
Project Skyscraper is delivered through the Autodesk 360 Cloud which means companies don't have to invest in IT set-ups which can be extremely costly. Anyone involved in the project no matter what firm you are at or what part of the world you are in, can author a model and a bonus to this is that it can be done simultaneously.
One or more people can operate the model at the same time, meaning you don't have to send project data back and forth for reviews etc.; it can all be done on one platform. Pretty nifty if you ask me!
If you are connected to a web browser or to a mobile hardware device then you as a stakeholder can provide feedback, view and search on all projects anywhere anytime.
Kyle Bernhardt, Cloud Services Product Line Manager at Autodesk said at the conference "Our customers have told us that technology can actually get in the way of their collaborative workflows. They end up exchanging data inefficiently, with email as a lowest common denominator for communication among the team. We built Project Skyscraper and integrated it with Autodesk 360 to break down those barriers and let the team focus on delivering high quality buildings on time and on budget."
At this current moment in time Project Skyscraper is being tested in a beta environment by a number of customers. It is expected that the full commercial release will happen at the end of 2014. If you are interested in being part of this phenomenon then you too can be a tester of Project Skyscraper. "Open House" sessions shall be held in the summer and Autodesk need your help, so apply today.
This is all we know about Project Skyscraper at this moment in time but make sure you keep an eye on our future blog posts and we will try and update you with information as it is released.