Construction-focused software and systems are still a limited field compared to the general applications market. Niche software is often developed with high technology aspects, such as AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning capabilities, that slow their adoption due to “fear of change.” Construction is one of the largest industries that is slow to accept new technology, unfortunately.

One answer is to make the application easily integrated with systems in use at many companies already, and offer the technology embedded in a cloud-based system making its use easier and less expensive. Major players in the market are quick to recognize the benefits of these technologies and, by integration or acquisition, make them part of their overall construction system.

Autodesk recently completed the acquisition of Pype and its portfolio of cloud-based software solutions for the construction industry. This acquisition and resulting product integrations will provide additional value for Autodesk Construction Cloud users, allowing general contractors, subcontractors, and owners to automate workflows, such as submittals and project closeout, to increase overall productivity and reduce risk throughout the project lifecycle.

Pype’s solutions use artificial intelligence and machine learning to extract and process data from project plans and specifications. The resulting data provides unprecedented insights on project management workflows, helps teams identify actionable information to close communication gaps between design, construction, and operations teams, and ensures a higher level of quality, efficiency, and risk management on projects.

Among the features, AutoSpecs automates a highly manual process, using AI to quickly read and extract specs to generate submittal logs with a high level of accuracy while Closeout accelerates the construction closeout process via an easy-to-use, centralized dashboard and automated document collection. eBinder automatically converts hundreds of closeout documents into a fully indexed, hyperlinked and searchable turnover file and SmartPlans extracts submittals, product schedules and contract compliance requirements from drawings.

Pype marks Autodesk’s fourth construction-based acquisition in recent years, joining Assemble, PlanGrid, and BuildingConnected.

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