Construction Services

Rapidly Connect Third-Party Apps with Autodesk Construction Cloud

Get to know the App Gallery

Construction projects are complex. This is often due to various stakeholders using different technology solutions specific to their needs. That’s normal, but this creates problems when decision-makers need to bring together countless, disconnected data points including financial information, scheduling, performance data, and more. 

As such, it’s critical that project teams tightly integrate the many moving parts of a project using a single source of truth. Achieving that lies in how easy it is to connect third-party solutions to your chosen construction platform. The goal, of course, being to make project data readily available when and where decision-makers need it. 

We have good news. The App Gallery in Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) now enables Account Admins to connect ACC with various third-party applications including field management solutions, reality capture apps, AR tools, and more. Currently, the App Gallery supports over 35 different integrations with many more to come.  It also leverages the Forge open platform, letting users experience seamless data flow, so everything—and everyone—stays in sync across the entire project lifecycle. 

Let’s take a closer look at what the App Gallery offers.


pp Gallery at a glance

The App Gallery enables Account Admins to:

Find apps that are vetted and approved by Autodesk, to guarantee that they work properly with the platformExtend the capabilities of the construction platform by seamlessly connecting Autodesk Construction Cloud with various third-party applicationsBrowse and discover new or existing applications that can streamline steps and processes across the project lifecycle


Key benefits of the App Gallery

Using the App Gallery within ACC allows you and your team to connect data from otherwise disconnected sources. Here’s a look at why the App Gallery is so useful to Account Admins, and the project teams capturing, managing, and using that data.

Simplifies connections to 3rd party solutions 

The App Gallery allows teams to easily set up connections directly from within Autodesk Construction Cloud, so they can get up and running quickly. And since all connections go through a rigorous QA process, you can rest easy knowing that the apps will work perfectly with Autodesk. No more wondering whether or not data points sync. When you’re using the App Gallery, all applications will work like they’re supposed to. 

Improved data quality and collaboration

Teams leveraging these integrations also increase the quality of their data and get a more holistic view of their projects. They’re able to access the necessary information through a single source of truth, so stakeholders are all working from the same information. 

The result? Team members stay on the same page, and through smarter collaboration, project outcomes are significantly improved. 

Seamless integrations also lead to higher quality data. Teams can ensure that they’re using information that’s complete, accurate, and updated, which leads to better reporting and decision-making.

Time savings and control to users

Autodesk’s App Gallery gives you a marketplace of approved apps, so you don’t have to spend too much time researching and vetting applications. You’re able to add, open, deactivate, and uninstall apps with just a few clicks. Plus, the App Gallery is a self-service solution, which means you have control over the management of your solutions. 

Discover and shop around new integrations

The App Gallery gives you the opportunity to discover and shop around for other partner integrations that could streamline your team’s daily work. It puts more apps on your radar and opens you up to new solutions that’ll improve procedures, workflows, and project outcomes.


How the App Gallery works

Let’s say a VP of Operations wants to connect Autodesk Construction Cloud to an ERP system so they can see consolidated cost information in a single view.

To do this, they (or whoever has admin access) should simply:

Navigate to the App Gallery Search or browse the various apps until they find the solution they need Select the app they want to use (in this case an ERP system)Click Add to Build, or add to any other Autodesk Construction Cloud software that the app integrates withClick Authorize

Once these steps are complete, the VP will have connected ACC with their ERP system of choice and streamline access to data for all project teams that need it. 


Want a demo?

The App Gallery eliminates the hurdles that normally come with finding, vetting, and integrating third-party applications with Autodesk. We work closely with our partners to develop integrations that are practical in function and something team members genuinely want to use. The App Gallery enables you to seamlessly connect the apps you need via powerful integrations to Autodesk Construction Cloud products, ensuring that your data and teams stay in perfect sync. 

To learn more, request a demo or learn more about the App Gallery in our help section.

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Construction Management

13 Things “I Wish I Knew About Construction When I Started”

Don’t shy away from learning opportunities.

Learning and development (L&D) opportunities are incredibly valuable, especially when starting out in your career. In fact, a survey by LinkedIn found that the majority of professionals agree that learning is key to their success. This is even more pronounced among young professionals—76% of Gen Z respondents consider L&D as an essential component in their career growth. 

What’s more, LinkedIn’s research found that learning is more effective when combined with social elements like being able to connect with instructors and fellow learners. Ninety-one percent of L&D pros believe that teams are more successful when they learn skills together.

These findings highlight the importance of learning and development in your professional life. If you want to accelerate your construction career, it’s well-regarded to continuously pursue new knowledge, skills and challenges. 

At Autodesk, we want to help you do just that, which is why we regularly hold Autodesk Construction Meetups—a virtual series that gives you the opportunity to learn and connect with other construction pros. These events take place on a bi-monthly basis, and they cover three key areas: BIM, Preconstruction, and Project Management. We’d love for you to join our meetups, and you can do so right here


Career advice for those new to the construction industry

During recent Autodesk Construction Meetups, customers shared the advice they wish they’d been given when starting out in their construction careers. Here’s what they said:

1. There are no stupid questions

“Be curious, speak up, ask questions, and document the answers. Someone else is probably wondering the same thing you are.” —Melissa Schulteis, Virtual Construction Lead, Miron Construction


The statement, “There are no stupid questions” might sound trite, but it rings very true in construction. A lot of people hold back from speaking up or asking for clarification out of fear of looking foolish. However, this behavior could be holding you back from discovering new things and ultimately, advancing your career. 

So, get curious. Keep asking questions and always share the knowledge with your peers.

2. Plan, plan, plan

Camille Hardin profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.” —Camille Hardin, Project Manager, Flint Builders


Planning ahead is one of the biggest lessons Camille has learned in her career, and she encourages everyone to take the planning stage seriously. She also recommends using technology and tools like BIM to aid the planning process. 

By planning for different contingencies, you’re able to prevent issues before you have to disruptively react to them.  Thoughtful planning helps you minimize scrambling to put out fires. 

3. Plan some more

Spencer Mullaney profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“Plan the work, then work the plan.” —Spencer Mullaney, Project Engineer, Shimmick Construction


Like Camille, Spencer emphasizes the importance of planning. He advises ironing out as many details as you can before the project breaks ground. According to him, it is more cost-effective to plan everything in the office instead of dealing with issues out in the field. 

And while you should certainly be flexible in the event of unexpected circumstances, you must still go into a project with a plan and a solid idea of what you intend to do. 

4. Training your workforce is key

“We can provide as many resources as we want, but if someone doesn’t know how to use them, they won’t use them.” Melissa Schulteis, Virtual Construction Lead, Miron Construction


In construction, we utilize numerous tools and processes. And while these things are essential, they won’t provide a lot of value if people don’t know how to use them. 

Team members, particularly those who are just starting out, need adequate training to do their jobs well. Whether it’s showing them how to use different technologies or walking them through your organization’s project management procedures, investing the time to educate workers is a must. 

5. Always ask why

Camille Hardin profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“[When] it comes down to a project’s success and trying to figure out how to do it, you’ve got to understand the ‘why’ first.” —Camille Hardin, Project Manager, Flint Builders


“Why?” is a powerful question, as it helps you uncover the reasons, motives, and underlying factors driving a project. This seems fundamental, but bears repeating as it supports #1. Get curious and get answers. Asking “why” helps you figure out better ways of doing things. In some cases, the answer can tell you whether or not something is worth doing. 

Understanding the “why” for every aspect of a project can give you a major advantage in achieving a great project outcome. So don’t shy away from asking those questions.  

6. Don’t overextend yourself

Spencer Mullaney profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“Think about what a healthy balance for your work, for your life, for everything means to you, and then go build it for yourself.” —Spencer Mullaney, Project Engineer, Shimmick Construction


At the beginning of your career, it’s tempting to say “yes” to everything and demonstrate that you’re willing to learn and work hard. Spencer points out that while there’s a lot of value in this, you also need to draw the line to make sure that you’re not overextending yourself. 

Being overextended could jeopardize the safety of the team and the quality of the work, so be mindful of your capacity. Don’t take on tasks or projects if you don’t have the bandwidth to do so. 

7. Get buy-in

“When all the team members are on the same page, you will be successful.” —Melissa Schulteis, Virtual Construction Lead, Miron Construction


Melissa is a firm believer in keeping everyone aligned. After all, a company won’t achieve its desired outcomes if team members can’t agree on what needs to be accomplished. Getting top-to-bottom buy-in on projects, objectives, and other crucial decisions will ensure that everyone is working towards the same goals. 

8. Make cost-based decisions

Spencer Mullaney profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“Simplify the problem, determine how big of a deal it is, then use that as a gauge of how much time to spend on it.”  —Spencer Mullaney, Project Engineer, Shimmick Construction


Some decisions require more time, while others can be made quickly. If you’re buying $25,000 pumps, for example, then you’ll need to carefully weigh your options. But not all decisions require a huge time investment. If you’re purchasing $50 shovels, you don’t need to take too much time deciding what to get. 

Spencer says it’s important to weigh the different decisions you have to make throughout the project, and determine how much time to allocate to each one. This ensures that you’re spending your most valuable resource (i.e., time) wisely.

9. Never assume

Camille Hardin profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“It’s always best to ask as many questions as you can. It’s an easy phone call, just to make sure if you’re assuming correctly or not.” —Camille Hardin, Project Manager, Flint Builders


Assumptions can lead to misunderstandings and costly mistakes. These are things we want to avoid at all costs, particularly in a tight-margin industry like construction. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to prevent incorrect assumptions. 

As Camille puts it, all you have to do is ask and clarify. If something is vague or confusing, talk to your team to confirm the details. This often takes just a few minutes, but it can save you costs (and headaches) over the course of the project.

10. It’s ok to not have all the answers

“You don’t need to know it all.” —Melissa Schulteis, Virtual Construction Lead, Miron Construction


Knowing everything isn’t necessary to succeed, says Melissa. It’s far more important to be aware of the resources you have available and where to find them. 

It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers right from the get-go. Recognize that learning is a continuous process. As long as you know how to tap into your available resources (e.g., other people, a knowledge base, etc.) you’ll be able to find the information you need.

11. Learn when to wing it  

Spencer Mullaney profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“It’s important to know when to build or design a system for what you’re going to do, and when to just wing it.” —Spencer Mullaney, Project Engineer, Shimmick Construction


Systems and processes are important, but not all situations call for a formal procedure. As Spencer puts it, sometimes you can just wing it. 

How do you decide when to wing a situation and when to systematize? According to Spencer, you need to look ahead. If it’s a one-off situation, it probably doesn’t need a process or system. On the other hand, if it’s a task that needs to be repeated in the future, then you’ll want to design a procedure for it. 

12. Get to know your teammates personally

“It’s a little easier to work through a problem if you can do it with a friend.” —Melissa Schulteis, Virtual Construction Lead, Miron Construction


Melissa recommends cultivating personal relationships with your colleagues, as this will enable you to build trust with other team members. Needless to say, when there’s trust, you’re far more likely to have a pleasant and harmonious relationship with your peers. This leads to a better and more productive working environment.

13. Learn the difference between high-quality work and high-quantity work

Spencer Mullaney profile photo, construction career advice, Autodesk Construction Meetups
“You don’t want to just produce for the sake of producing. You want to produce for a reason.” —Spencer Mullaney, Project Engineer, Shimmick Construction


When someone is busy or overloaded, they may have the tendency to just go through the motions of their job and simply do tasks to check things off their list. Spencer cautions against falling into this trap because when you’re completing tasks just to show that you did them, you’re not doing quality work. 

It’s important to catch yourself during these situations and ensure that you’re being thoughtful with what you’re doing.

Final words

There are plenty of things to learn about the construction industry. Fortunately, we have industry professionals like Melissa, Spencer, and Camille who are more than willing to impart their wisdom.

If you want to continue learning and advancing your career, don’t miss Autodesk’s Construction Meetups. These bi-weekly events give you the chance to hear from other industry pros, ask questions, and network with your peers. 

Sign up today and we’ll see you at the next meetup!


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