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 last year's Autodesk University in Las Vegas, we debuted 19 new exhibits. Some of these may resurface in San Francisco.
In fact, the Perth's Optus Stadium exhibit is one such exhibit that has resurfaced from AU. It is now on display in our gallery — visible to all as they get off elevators to the 2nd floor.
- Her Majesty's Government of Western Australia // more
- Hassell Design Studio // more
- Cox Architecture // more
- HKS Architects // more
- Multiplex Construction // more
- Autodesk AutoCAD // more
- Autodesk BIM 360 // more
- Autodesk Dynamo Studio // more
- Autodesk Navisworks // more
- Autodesk Revit // more
The Optus Stadium in Perth, the first LED-lit multi-purpose stadium, will seat 60,000 in football mode, 65,000 in rectangular mode, and 70,000 in concert mode.
For the new Optus Stadium in Perth, Western Australia, the overall goal was to "put the fan first" — all 60,000 of them. When it came to project delivery, the goal was to put design and collaboration first — enabled and supported by Building Information Modeling (BIM). The Western Australian state government mandated the use of BIM for the project and all associated deliverables. This was initially intended to reduce potential delays and cost overruns while allowing stakeholders to visualize the building and all its parts prior to assembly and operation. The WESTADIUM project team — with representatives from Hassell, Cox Architecture, and HKS, along with the main contractor, Multiplex and 30 subcontractors — integrated BIM into their systems and processes from the start. In the end, it enabled them to do far more than just control costs and schedules.
Optus is the first LED-lit multi-purpose stadium. LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb, there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. The reconfigurable nature of the facility allows it to be used for different kinds of events instead of constructing separate stadiums for each sport.
Generative and parametric design tools automated BIM modeling that: enabled modular construction, simplified multidisciplnary model coordination and clash detection, and shaved weeks off the schedule for a facade that looks simple but is actually quite complex.
The BIM-based process helped establish modular construction that enabled local fabrication of the roof trusses that were safer and cheaper to install. The federated BIM model simplified multidisciplinary model coordination so clashes could be detected before getting to the site. And it enabled concurrent design and construction management, shaving weeks off the schedule.
Generative design and parametric modeling tools were used to automate BIM modeling and create the seemingly simple façade that was, in reality, incredibly complex. This combination of technologies enhanced the speed and accuracy of information available to façade contractors, enabling them to create a fabrication model directly from the design model. Ultimately, they were able to typify and capture more than 100,000 panels in the available time frame, a task that would have been impossible without BIM technologies.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for the descriptive text for this blog post.
Autodesk has always been an automation company. Today, more than ever, that means helping our customers automate their design and make processes. We help them embrace the future of making, where they can do more (e.g., increasing efficiency, performance, quality), with less (e.g., less energy, fewer raw materials, shorter timeframes, less waste of human potential), and realize the opportunity for better (e.g., innovation, user experience, return on investment). This project team seized the opportunity of better to design and make a stadium with reduced delays and cost overruns while keeping all stakeholders informed and coordinated along the way.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come see this exhibit along with all of the others. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us.
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