APL is an add-on to Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD and Navisworks and is designed for subcontractors. Except for the LT version, it works with all versions of AutoCAD, all versions of Revit and Navisworks Manage. Because they are all Autodesk products, a coordinate system exists that can be set up to share points among those programs.
APL works with all RTS on the market. It’s best to choose an RTS vendor that understands the BIM workflow. Once you’ve got your RTS, choose key users who are interested in this type of work and get them trained. APL training can be done in half a day in the office plus another half day in the field. RTS training, on average, will take a couple of days.
The APL workflow includes:
- Layout to transfer points from the BIM model to the field. It increases speed and coordination efforts during preconstruction, reducing errors and rework.