Autodesk Unveils 2014 Software Products: Raised to the Power of the Cloud
This morning, Richard Humphrey, senior director, Industry Strategy with Autodesk walked press through the 2014 software product release for the building, infrastructure and natural resources industries. Humphries asserted that there is an inflection point taking place in the infrastructure industry, where competing factors are forcing a change in approach:
- a $60T infrastructure investment is needed to modernize globally, but with funding for only a third of that
- energy demand and production pressures are increasing, with 60% coming from oil and gas, and a need to update both production and delivery
- new financial models, and increasing government scrutiny, require more communication
Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) portfolio helps meet these challenges, with better clarity to communicate project risk and intent; continuity to maintain consistent data; and the agility to respond to project changes. Intelligent model-based processes are being used across all disciplines now, and Autodesk has moved to improve interaction and collaboration through cloud-based workflows as well as with shared cross-product functionality.
Toward this aim of sharing functionality, rather than repeating it in many different products, Autodesk has just released ReCap, a new reality capture tool. It allows users to clean, organize, visualize and share 3D data via both a desktop and cloud-based workflow. It allows users to pull together huge pointcloud datasets and captured photos, and to insert these into Autodesk’s infrastructure visualization tools (InfraWorks, Civil3D and Navisworks). Autodesk Raster Design is another cross-product functionality, with raster to vector conversion tools.
Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite for transportation, land and water has been improved to allow engineering in the context of what’s real from the start of the design process. Autodesk InfraWorks (formerly Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler) provides a focal point for BIM for infrastructure, with 3D modeling and visualization that goes beyond traditional CAD and GIS, pulling in GIS data, laser scans, raster data, and models build in the other Autodesk tools.
InfraWorks is used to offer context within the entire city model. Key workflows for customers include the ability to navigate the 3D model, not just a pretty picture, and to manipulate, manage and edit a variety of elements. A new Road and Highway Module offers detailed professional roadway design for road and highway corridor modeling. The professional tool allows for procedural and design processes, such as speed-based design for roads. There are also a number of discipline-specific modules available to subscribers — to manage geotechnical data, rail layout, bridge modeling, and river and flood analysis.
Autodesk 360 is the cross-product extension to provide the power of the cloud for better simulation and analysis earlier in the design process, faster rendering,and better data sharing. InfraWorks 360 enables users to publish, store and manage large amounts of data in the cloud, and allow for cross-team access to models in the cloud anytime and anywhere.
With InfraWorks 360, the cloud extension provides improved visualization capabilities, and the ability to create 3D video presentations as in Camtasia. The cloud extension also provides a richer design process to push data into the cloud to do iterations and optimize for vertical profile, for cut and fill, and to quickly see these volumes, where it used to take hours and days. Project teams can work on a published project in the cloud, make changes, take notes, markup, and do live project sharing and collaboration in the cloud.
InfraWorks provides an impressive functionality to better communicate with the customer and accelerate the public feedback process, while also speeding the time from design to construction with better collaboration across teams.