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 for customers, students, and the general public as a sideline to their day jobs. The tours provide ambassadors with opportunities to practice public speaking in front of small groups.
Sometimes exhibits from the gallery go on the road and appear at special events, like pop-up galleries that we have hosted in Paris, London, Tokyo, and Toronto. In contrast, sometimes exhibits are created for special events and then make their way to the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. For example, at this year's Autodesk University in Las Vegas, we debuted 19 new exhibits. Some of these may resurface in San Francisco.
The Automated Construction Site exhibit is one such exhibit from AU:
- StrucSoft Solutions // more
- Howick Ltd. // more
- KHS&S // more
- Virginia Tech Center for Design Research // more
- Autodesk Foundation // more
- Autodesk Revit // more
- StrucSoft plug-in for Revit
StrucSoft and Howick have partnered to create a process where clinics, schools, and houses can be built in half the time with less waste.
What if you could build a needed structure like a clinic, school, or house in half the time with less waste? That's what the partnership between StrucSoft and Howick makes possible. More than a collaboration, it’s a system: a combination of software and hardware that makes more buildings possible in less time with less impact on the world. Flat steel coil goes into the roll-forming machine and components emerge ready for assembly. Customization is easy and little waste is created. Productivity gains of as much as 500% are possible using detailed BIM Level of Development (LOD) 400 drawings.
This is what the design-to-make workflow in construction can be: precise, efficient, and driven by data. On display at AU was a community clinic designed by students and faculty from the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research (VT-CDR) for deployment in Uganda and throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The VT-CDR works with local labor to provide training so that automated production can be incorporated into locally appropriate building practices.
The collaboration emerged from engagement with the Autodesk BUILD Space, part of the Autodesk Technology Center network. Developed with the support of the Autodesk Foundation, these clinics demonstrate how industrialized construction can make a major, positive impact for communities. From housing and healthcare facilities to industrial factories, it's not just about what you're building, it's about how you build it.
StrucSoft is engaged at the Autodesk BUILD Space in BOSTON where Autodesk invites startups, academia, and industry experts to explore ways to advance the building industry.
StrucSoft is proud to be a part of the BUILD Space, an Autodesk Technology Center in Boston that is a research and development workspace where Autodesk invites startups, colleges and universities, and industry experts to explore ways to advance the building industry. The center focuses on industrialized construction, digital fabrication, automation and robotics in construction, and other ideas that are transforming the built world.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for the descriptive text for this blog post.
To quote my Alameda neighbor, Cathy Harmon, "That would make one heck of a she-shed. I could use one of those."
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). The construction and manufacturing industries are converging. Customers who make buildings are adopting processes traditionally employed by customers who make things. Practices like mass production and quality control are being applied at construction sites. An automated construction site helps builders do more and better with less. This is a moment that matters. The inevitability of more demand and the reality of fewer resources means an opportunity for something better. With advances in design and automation, lessons learned through adjacent industries and peers, and integrations across the technology spectrum, we can design and make a better world. Together, we can make anything.
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.
Automated construction is alive in the lab.