Here is my commute to work.

- Drive from home to parking lot. 5 minutes.
- Ride ferry from Alameda to San Francisco: 20 minutes.
- Walk from Ferry Building to One Market: 5 minutes.

What if software helped model the cost of that? It certainly would help when designing new ways to get to and from San Francisco.

Project Commuter for InfraWorks is our free technology preview of simulation software for analysis and visualization that models people traveling from one place to another. Each person may be driving, walking, cycling, or riding as a passenger on a train, bus, or taxi. Project Commuter can be used for transport analysis — modeling all modes of transport, or it can be used for pedestrian-only analysis in urban spaces — both inside and outside buildings. Each person is modeled for a whole trip, through all modes. Following each person from person-origin to person-destination gives a much clearer insight into the total cost of each trip. If the total cost is known, it is easier to assess the potential benefit of new or modified designs. Project Commuter does more than visualize a design: it analyses the performance of each design by measuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness. How cool is that?

Project Commuter is an application that runs on Windows 7 or Windows 8. You can visit Autodesk Labs to get started.

You can share your feedback at labs.iw.commuter@autodesk.com or in the discussion forum on the Autodesk Labs site.

Commuting is alive in the lab.