This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, an event founded by the United Nations Assembly in 1969 with the intent to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the internet and other information and communication technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as ways to bridge the gap between the digital divide.
As industry experts, we’re passionate about how far the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries have progressed and the technologies which have been adopted in recent years to facilitate an impressive rate of growth and development. However, there is still a lot of work to do with recent research from Heriot-Watt University showing that England alone has a backlog of 3.91 million homes currently. This means we would need to build 340,000 new homes each year until 2031. With statistics like this coming in, it’s vital that we continue to grow and adapt new methods of communication, as well as advanced digital tools for project planning and implementation to ensure that we meet an ever-growing demand.
Below we’ll discuss how the Autodesk AEC collection can help businesses to keep up with this demand and continue to grow by utilising the digital design and communication tools available to them.
The first commercial computer aided design and drafting software application was brought out by Autodesk in 1982 in the form of AutoCAD, marking the first step in what was set to be a revolutionary path of progression for architecture, engineering and construction.
Before AutoCAD, drafting required pencils, erasers, t-squares, and was much, much more time consuming. Today, the traditional drawing office looks very different with fewer staff members and a lot more computers! AutoCAD transformed the workflow of design engineers by streamlining the design process, eliminating human error, standardising data and measurements. However it didn’t stop there!
Autodesk Revit not only allows you to create 3D mock-ups and sketches, it also enables you to model building components, analyse and simulate systems and structures and iterate designs.
Revit enables you to communicate design intent more effectively to clients, team members, stakeholders and multidisciplinary work groups using models to create high impact 3D visuals. And for the most effective form of communication, contributors can access centrally shared models. This results in better coordination, helping to reduce clashes and rework and encourages a new age of collaboration.
Autodesk Civil 3D and Infraworks enable you to open models from either software and continue with additional analysis and design. Utilise tools such as structural bridge design or storm analysis to anticipate how your structure will stand up in the real world. These types of tools are essential for the modern world where mistakes are costly and time is limited.
What’s more, models can be moved from Civil 3D back into Infraworks where you can create a storyboard to simulate lifelike actions to put your design to the test. Whether it’s simulating a car driving across a bridge structure or the movement of people inside a building during a natural disaster, the storyboard tools enable you to predict how your design will react in any given situation, enabling design teams to edit the model accordingly before construction even takes place.
The Revit Reality Capture tool enables you to create and validate the accuracy of old blue prints, a task which is traditionally quite challenging to do with only hand drawn models and data. Transforming this process, Reality Capture brings existing structures into the modern world of BIM.
Autodesk Recap Pro can be used to import point cloud data that’s been captured with a laser scanner. These scans and photos are registered automatically, creating an accurate 3D model in just a few minutes. You can then import the data back into Revit to continue working on the design.
Autodesk Insight helps you to discover an intuitive and outcome driven guide for building better energy and environmental performance throughout the building lifecycle. This software offers real-time cause and effect feedback, enabling better decision making from intuitive data reports.
So you can see, the Autodesk AEC collection is essentially a pathway to achieving the successful project outcomes that today’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction projects demand. From enabling a more structured and documented approach to project collaboration, to ease of communication between multidisciplinary and geographically diverse teams, each tool in the AEC collection allows you to harness the ability to exploit every resource you have, no matter where your team are working.
For more information on the Autodesk AEC collection, visit the web-page or contact our team on 01905 458000.
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