Autodesk Outlines Seamless Solutions for all Scales of Sustainable Design

by Matt Ball on April 5, 2011

Emma Stewart, senior program lead for the Autodesk’s Sustainability Initiative, addressed the AEC Media Day on the workflow of sustainable design with a brief presentation that took a look at different workflows within the Autodesk product suite for an urban renewal project in the City of Chicago. She took us through the different phases of design, build and construction, with a focus on better insight for a more efficient and environmentally-friendly urban form.

  • AutoCAD WS – gives the initial site worker a means to pull design and geospatial information onto an iPad or other handheld device with access to the web
  • Project Photofly - gives a means to collect and stitch photos of the site, and combine these images with aerial imagery views, to gain a valuable snapshot of the details of the site
  • Project Vasari – allows for quick conceptual design and visualization, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon for information in real-time as you design
  • Revit – the full BIM product now incorporates complete sun tracking for detailed solar analysis
  • Green Building Studio – provides web-based energy analysis to asses energy use and to assess the benefits of solar or wind power on the site
  • Seek – is a web service that enables designers to discover, preview, and download models, drawings, and specifications for such things as lighting in order to try out different options available from manufacturers directly in the design
  • Revit MEP – provides the tools to model and test ductwork and fresh air intake to ensure a healthy building
  • Navisworks – provides the means to sequence construction and find clashes as well as provide details for machine guidance, which reduces time and material costs
  • Map 3D – provides the means to access and link to underground utilities for seamless meshing of the building with existing and necessary infrastructure
  • Civil 3D – provides the means to analyze and model stormwater and water infrastructure
  • Dasher – is a web-based application that connects Revit models with real-time building sensor data for feedback on electricity and occupancy metrics
  • Project Galileo – is the larger-scale view to see how the building meshes with the larger geography, and provides the means to pass details of the building on to the city to model the neighborhood and city for further planning

This overview of sustainable design within the Autodesk product suite provided a good understanding of where Autodesk is headed, and what kinds of workflows they enable for greater efficiency and more sustainable design. There continues to be a strong focus in the product suite for increased building analysis, and a better sense of context and impact within the broader geography of a neighborhood and the city.

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