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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Autodesk Infrastructure Solutions on Display

In rapid succession infrastructure projects were on display at Autodesk University in Las Vegas this week. One project on display was was Denver International Airport (DIA). Three independent but integrated South Terminal projects were created with building information models (BIM) [see video below].  According to Eddy Krygiel, Architect, HNTB, 260 firms collaborated on the DIA project using 36 BIM models. The airport needed BIM processes to share information with every discipline. “Laser scanning enabled the team to capture as-built conditions in three days without disrupting airport operations,” said Krygiel.
The star product was InfraWorks 360 which enabled the team to identify an ideal location for a new rail station in one day, rather than weeks. And mobile computing was a contributing factor in productivity. “Contracting trade crews are exclusively using iPads on the job site. Paper drawings are left in the trailer,” said Krygiel.“Approximately 100GB of data transferred among the project team every day. It would take an entire day just to upload without cloud-based tools from Autodesk.”

There is however a need to continue the integration of BIM with GIS. DIA is currently looking to hire a BIM manager with experience integrating BIM with ArcGIS Server.

The City of San Francisco also shared the stage with DIA. Neil Hrushowy of the San Francisco City Design Group said there was a "profound cultural & technological shift in San Francisco is bringing urban design decisions closer to individual community members.” With projects underway for high speed rail, seismic upgrades to bridges, a new Presidio Parkway and the Better Market Street project the city is investing in infrastructure. "On better Market Street, our partnership with Autodesk allows us to move seamlessly between tasks in real time. As designers, we can sit at the table with other designers with visualization rich tools. This leads to a more responsive engagement process, said Hrushowy. Increasingly, the city is turning to public-private partnerships which must include public input. “San Francisco, while world-renown for private innovation, really had no evidence of similar efforts in the public sector. Today, the City is proving that public-private partnerships can provide greater innovation solutions than government working alone,” said Hrushowy. 
The need for both project teams to collaborate and for more public input to civil engineering projects, tools used in infrastructure design are establishing a new era in the democratization of urban planning.
Disclosure: Autodesk partially funded travel to Autodesk University.

by Joe Francica on 12/03 at 09:07 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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