Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything, but some segments of the general public are not yet aware of that.
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates design — the process of taking a great idea and turning it into a reality. With about 60 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role technology plays in great design and engineering. Autodesk Gallery Ambassadors conduct gallery tours as a sideline to their day jobs. The tours provide ambassadors with opportunities to practice public speaking in front of small groups.
The Elevator overhead traction exhibit is something that you encounter as you enter/exit the 2nd floor of our One Market office in San Francisco:
To transport millions of people every day, elevators must meet strict standards for efficiency and safety. Engineers study traffic-flow simulations to determine the appropriate number and size of elevators for a building's population. Elevators basically work because as the elevator rises, a counterweight lowers. When the elevator lowers, the counterweight rises.
Determining the projected carrying capacity of an elevator car allows engineers to calculate the correct size of the counterweight, which in turn allows them to perform digital simulation to choose a traction steel rope strong enough to support the entire system.
They can then design guide rails to ensure the car ascends and descends smoothly.
If the car falls, a governor cable anchored to the top of the shaft is pulled taut, engaging the car's emergency brake system.
So the key parts of an elevator are the car, counterweight, guide rails, support cable, and safety cable. What goes up must come down, safely in both directions.
It's great the Autodesk design (like AutoCAD or Inventor) and simulation (like Nastrans) software can be used to help make elevators safe. DPR helped imagine, design, and make our Autodesk space in the Landmark Building owned and operated by American Assets Trust. The fact that our elevator has a safety cable is a good thing, as the Myth Busters proved that passengers in a falling elevator can't save themselves by jumping in the air just before the elevator crashes to the ground floor.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for some of the descriptive text for this blog post.
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). Doing more and better with less while maintaining safety is something Otis can do using Autodesk tools.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us. The gallery is easy to access — just take the elevator up to the 2nd floor.
Elevation is alive in the lab.