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The Autodesk Gallery at One Market has many exhibits. These appeal to people from many industries. I thought I would list the ones that are related to the Government industry. If you work for a local, state, or federal government, and have been on the fence about whether or not to visit the Gallery at One Market, you should arrange a gallery tour. To date the Chief Technology Officer for the White House and the Head of Homeland Security have visited the gallery. Each exhibit is unique and tells a portion of the Autodesk story much better than describing how we create software, put it in boxes, and ship it out.
|Exhibit||Unique aspect of the exhibit...||How Autodesk fits in...|
|Estonian Academy of the Arts Design Competition||The concept for this entry to the academy features CNC-milled foam/fiberglass panels with color-shift automotive paint that reflects a variety of sky/city features depending on the observer's position.||Using AutoCAD, Alias Surface, and Maya, Gage/Clemenceau architects were able to try 100 different iterations to arrive at breaklines that produced the most pleasing aesthetic effect.|
|Brokk Demolition Unit||Brokk is a leading supplier of demolition equipment to the building, process, and nuclear industries where remote-controlled robots go where it its too dangerous for humans to do the work.||By using Autodesk Inventor to combine their mechanical and electrical designs into a single digital model, Brokk was able to cut the number of physical prototypes they needed in half and reduced their time to market by about a third.|
|LEED Platinum||The second floor of One Market is only one of two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum awards for commercial interiors in all of California.||Autodesk is committed to sustainability in two ways: our operations (travel, power consumed by computers, facilities) and software we make (tools in applications to help our customers make more sustainable products).|
|California Academy of Sciences||Billed as the greenest museum in the world, the structure houses a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium, and living rain forest and requires little or no A/C or heating due to its innovative domed roof design that acts like an airplane wing to provide ventilation.||Algorithmic design (specifying the layout using an equation instead of individually) via AutoCAD yielded the intricate design which has variations at each intersection point of the roofing grid.|
|Shanghai Tower||The building represents a "vertical city" with 8 stacked neighborhoods where each one is an open-to-the-public park with 14 stories above it.||Autodesk analysis tools were used by Gensler to: reduce energy consumption 30-40%, reduce water usage 40%, and require 35% less material due to its twisted shape (optimized via wind tunnel analysis).|
|MagicWheels Wheelchair||Though manual wheelchair design has been the same for the past 150 years, this wheelchair features a gearing mechanism, like a 10-speed bicycle, that makes it easier for users to go up hill.||As just one example where Autodesk strives to be a great, good, and important company, Autodesk Inventor was used in the design and validation of the wheelchair.|
|Mission One Motorcycle||Mission Motors, located near Autodesk on Mission Street, worked with Yves Behar to create an environmentally friendly, world's fastest production electric motorcycle.||Using Autodesk software for sketching and high quality rendering, the team was able to go from concept to first prototype in less than 1 year.|
|Tesla Model S||The Tesla Motors Model S is the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up around an electric powertrain, drives 300 miles on a charge, and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.||Tesla engineers use Autodesk Opticore for visualization of their aerodynamic design.|
|Szechuan Disaster Reconstruction||After a devastating earthquake in 2008, villages were reconstructed by local residents using steel frames and local materials based on designs created specifically for the circumstance.||Autodesk used its unique position as the leader in design software combined with its local presence to put a disaster relief team in place within 24 hours after the earthquake.|
|Mirra Chair||The Mirra chair from Herman Miller reflects a "cradle to cradle" philosophy in that it is made of 50% recyclable materials and 96% of it can be recycled.||Autodesk has selected the Mirra Chair as its standard for offices going forward.|
|290 Mulberry||City requirements for this residential site required brick facades, so SHoP Architects devised a unique process for creating undulating brick patterns to make the building more visually appealing.||3D models were created, sent to a milling process - resulting in a mold, that was filled with high density rubber to make a negative - into which real bricks were mortared - resulting in panels brought to the site.|
|Hyper-threads||The design of this conceptual train depot is as visually interesting as it is strong since the structural ribs are aligned to the directions of the force flows.||While working in Autodesk's IDEA Studio, using a combination of Maya and Algor Simulation, Bhooshan and Klein were able to combine a playful form finding approach with qualitative structural analysis.|
|FIRST Robotics Competition||The "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" competition features teams of high school students who design, engineer, and build robots in 6 weeks (Gun High School in Palo Alto example stacks boxes and knocks over competitor robots' boxes).||Autodesk has been a long time sponsor of FIRST and provides students with free copies of Autodesk applications such as AutoCAD and Inventor.|
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