Autodesk develops some of the most powerful and effective software in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. For a novice or intermediate user, these robust software solutions might be a little overwhelming. Having a bit of outside help can make the users more productive and effective. From “how to create specific design elements” to locating the program control elements, Autodesk community forums help bring experienced professionals together to make the workflow process easier.

Question – But what forums are the best at providing helpful insights into the computer aided design (CAD) software?

Answer – We did some research using an objective 3rd party to identify and evaluate 15 of the community forums that we think will be the most helpful to those with ties to the AEC industry.

Each of the 5 (There are over 70 Forums but we only ranked 5 for this article) Community Forums below were rated on the following scale:

  • How frequently they publish
  • The total number of posts
  • The amount of threads that go unanswered
  • The amount of threads that get answered
  • How involved the Autodesk moderators are within the forum

The rating scale is as follows:

Frequency of Posts – If > 10 daily = 5 points, 5-10 daily = 4, 4 daily = 3, 3 daily = 2, 1-2 daily = 1

Total Posts – If # of posts > 100,000 = 5 pounts, 10,000-50,000 = 4, 50,000 – 20,000 = 3, 20,000-10000 = 2, < 10000 = 1

# of Unanswered Threads – If < 1 post going unanswered per day = 5 points, 1 = 4, 2 = 3, 3 = 2, 4 = 1

# of Answered Threads – Number of post that get answered in a week. If > 10 per week = 5 points, 6-10 = 4, 3-5 = 3, 2 = 2, 1 or less = 1

Degree of Autodesk Involvement – This is the number of Autodesk employee/moderator answers at the top of the forum. If 5 or more = 5 points, 4 = 4, 3 = 3, 2 = 2, 1 or less =1

Autodesk Community Forums

Revit Architecture: This is one of those forums that will either be immediately helpful, or it is going to seem foreign to you. It is specifically designed for architectural users. If you are an architect, or work at a firm, Revit Architecture might be the “best of the best” for you. There are over 200 different forum threads dating back to 2006. Posts are answered and addressed daily and it really is easy to use and follow. There is also an easy to use feature so you can search for specific questions. Ultimately, this is a forum you need to bookmark when working in an architectural spectrum.

★★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 5 Total Posts: 5 Unanswered Posts: 5

Answered Posts: 5 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 5

AutoCAD: This is the main AutoCAD community forum for 2013 through 2016. If you are running an older version of CAD, there are older forums available. As the main forum enveloping all practices and procedures, this is an excellent location to start before possibly streamlining your search in order to obtain a more specific result.

There are over 500 AutoCAD forum threads, so there are plenty of topics. In fact, there are almost too many topics. Chances are you will find the answer you seek, it will just take more time. You might learn valuable insights through the additional clutter, but on occasion, it may lead you astray.

★★★★.8 Stars Post Frequency: 5 Total Posts: 5 Unanswered Posts: 4

Answered Posts: 5 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 4.8

BIM 360, Glue: Glue is a new forum with just over a year under its belt. This drastically limits the amount of information available, and as it appears to be serviced by admins every few days, important questions may not receive the kind of attention that you may need. This results in the slightly lower overall score.

★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 4 Total Posts: 4 Unanswered Posts: 4

Answered Posts: 4 Autodesk Involvement: 4

Overall Score: 4

A360 : This is one of the best forums on the Autodesk Community! A360 is on the newer side with about a year and a half of posts, but there are a good number of posts, without too many repeats. The great news for A360 users is that the admins are extremely active. With an ever-growing number of admin posts, all of which provide extremely helpful information, this is a premier forum to join.

★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 4 Total Posts: 3 Unanswered Posts: 4

Answered Posts: 4 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 4

Navisworks: This is a fantastic forum on Autodesk. Navisworks has been around since 2009, so there is plenty of information, yet there are not too many repeat posts. Finding what you need doesn’t require as much sifting. Overall, it receives the top score with a 5. The forum gets ranked with a perfect score as it does allow you to search through the asked questions, the answered questions and those that are still pending. This way, you know whether or not a particular question has been answered or not. This is a forum that all Navisworks users should join!

★★★★★ Stars Post Frequency: 5 Total Posts: 5 Unanswered Posts: 5

Answered Posts: 5 Autodesk Involvement: 5

Overall Score: 5

Conclusion

There are some truly helpful community forums available, if you know where to look. There are roughly 70 community forums to be found on the master site, however, we think these are the 5 “most relative” to the AEC community. Visit each of these forums and bookmark the ones you think are the best fit for you and your company. Stay tuned as we release more reviews of the best Autodesk Community Forums. Best of luck!