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 by informing visitors about what our customers imagine, design, and make using our software.
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 Eiffel Tower Grand Site exhibit is one such exhibit from AU:
The are surrounding the Eiffel Tower in Paris is being redeveloped to improve its grandeur.
Every year, more than 30 million people visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and 7 million climb the monument. It's one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, but the surrounding area doesn't quite live up to the grandeur of the Eiffel Tower itself—at least not yet. A project is underway to change that by redeveloping the Eiffel Tower Grand Site. The City of Paris has partnered with Autodesk to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other advanced technologies for the redesign and construction of the site. Autodesk is working closely with specialists from the firm WSP to execute modeling and visualization for the project.
The City of Paris partnered with Autodesk to use scan-to-BIM to create a 3D model of the site, complete with buildings, roads, infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, etc.
Thousands of hours were spent capturing data using LIDAR scanners and aerial photography. A scan-to-BIM approach was then used to create a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower Grand Site. It's one of the largest urban models of its kind, complete with buildings, roads, infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, and more. The model will help the 4 teams selected to compete for the grand site restoration visualize and analyze their proposed designs. It will also enable the jury panel to better evaluate the proposals during final judging. Construction of the winning project will begin in 2021 and will be completed in time for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.
While the renovation will make the Eiffel Tower grand site more enjoyable and accessible to the public, the project also shows how BIM and digital tools are helping to improve the ways we build the world around us.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for the descriptive text for this blog post. In 1999 I received an architecture book for my 40th birthday. There was a chapter on the Eiffel Tower that claimed that the Eifel Tower was the only tall structure named for its designer (i.e., Gustave Eiffel) instead of the person or group that paid for it. Here in 2018, are there exceptions to this statement?
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. This approach helps builders do more and better with less. Scanning a surrounding area helps put proposed designs in context so they can be tailored specifically for the space.
This is a moment that matters. The inevitability of more demand and the reality of less 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.
Paris is alive in the lab.