Autodesk Speaks to the Disruption in Construction #AU2015
Stacy Scopano, senior industry strategy manager for construction at Autodesk, spoke to a packed room this morning about disruptions in construction and the future of making things. Construction attendance is increasing at AU with 1,100 people this year as opposed to just 400 four years ago.
The change in production in construction is happening with the connection between the digital and physical world, and the acceleration of mobile computing, drones, 3D printing, modular fabrication, and more.
Jim Lynch, vice president of the AEC product group, took to the stage to discuss the products and technologies and the investment the company is making in construction. The company has expanded their investments in construction, given the disruption that technology is having on demand from clients, new means of fabrication and construction and more complex projects that are being delivered.
Clients are requiring greater transparency and more insight into the project details. Autodesk is working on several products to help contractors expand into demand-side services and ongoing maintenance. The company is using generative design in a project called “Project Akaba” to explore different options and approaches for design and construction to more quickly generate the best options. Another way Autodesk is helping inform design is with detailed large-scale models in InfraWorks 360, with a model of Boston that helps better plan new construction.
The Internet of Things is blurring the lines between digital and physical and Autodesk believes it will have huge impact for construction. Today, we are getting interconnected digital systems with traffic lights, toll booths and more with sensors collecting data and adapting to conditions.
Panoramic Power, a partner of Autodesk, makes sensors that clip onto cables to capture building energy use. It’s moving from adaptation to conditions to predictive maintenance, with cloud-based analytics to get that data and insight to the maintenance crew.
The potential of prefabrication is being achieved interestingly in China where a 30-floor building was built in just 30 days. Those achieving prefab are seeing gains in predictability, better quality and better building performance.
Another important disruptive technology is the reality capture with drones and LiDAR capturing detailed information to provide insight into project constraints. Autodesk is also investing in drones to capture details ongoing on active sites to measure and monitor conditions. This is being done heavily in mining, where daily comparisons are aiding insight. Autodesk is working with 3D Robotics with their drones as well as with Skywatch that are making the technology easy to adopt.
Autodesk announced today the commercialization of Autodesk Alexandria into BIM 360 DOCS, with a connection of project documentation and collaboration.
Our relationship with the built environment is changing, and Autodesk is continuing to invest in advancing our efficiency.