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The 25th annual Autodesk University, held mid-November 2017 in Las Vegas, offered Autodesk software users an opportunity to attend hands-on classes; view peers’ work in architecture, engineering, construction, and other applications; and discover new products from Autodesk and its partners. Following are a few highlights of particular interest to civil and structural engineers.

Autodesk and Esri to collaborate

Autodesk and Esri announced the start of a new relationship to build a bridge between BIM and GIS mapping technologies. The companies said they plan to enable a broad range of industries to gain better context by visualizing data of the man-made world, the environment, citizens, and the networks that weave it all together.

The next generation of BIM 360, built on the Autodesk Forge platform, supports informed decision-making throughout the construction project life cycle by centralizing all project data in a single place.

“It is important to consider the needs of future generations during the design and building of projects today,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. “The benefits of partnering with Autodesk will include securing sustainable resources for the growing population, a responsible human footprint on our natural environment, better use of our planet’s resources, and more resilient cities.”

For infrastructure owners around the world, both public and private, enabling BIM and GIS mapping software to more seamlessly work together will optimize their ability to plan, design, build, and operate infrastructure assets, saving precious time and money, the companies said. Improving the integration of Esri and Autodesk software has the potential to dramatically decrease workflow times.

“Partnering with Esri is intended to combine the power of BIM and GIS mapping, which will enable our shared customers to build anything, anywhere,” said Andrew Anagnost, CEO, Autodesk. “Our goals are to provide industry and city planners the ability to design in the context of the real world. This will allow communities to build more connected, resilient cities, and infrastructure with a focused eye on sustainability.”

Autodesk and Esri plan to work together to better integrate their respective technologies, allowing industry professionals to synthesize information from both BIM and GIS to enable a more connected infrastructure. Benefits are expected to include reductions in permitting through improved stakeholder engagement, more sustainable and resilient design through enhanced project insight, and reduced risk via improved end-to-end flow of materials, resource availability, and scheduling during construction.

Learn more about the collaboration between Autodesk and Esri at www.autodesk.com/solutions/bim/hub/autodesk-esri.

Next-gen BIM 360

Autodesk previewed its next generation BIM 360 platform, a seamless cloud service connecting the entire construction project life cycle. Autodesk also launched the Connect and Construct Exchange, a new BIM 360 integration partner program designed to bring third-party software applications and data into the BIM 360 construction workflow. The Connect and Construct Exchange launched with more than 50 inaugural BIM 360 integrators.

The next generation of BIM 360, built on the Autodesk Forge platform, supports informed decision-making throughout the construction project life cycle by centralizing all project data in a single place. Autodesk Forge is a connected developer cloud platform that enables customers and partners to create customized, scalable solutions for engineering, construction, and manufacturing challenges.

BIM 360 connects project stakeholders and workflows at all stages of the building life cycle — from design to construction to operations, from the field to the office and back. BIM 360 removes the uncertainty that plagues construction projects of all sizes by pairing its project management tools and database with machine learning analytics and insights. The result is closer collaboration among project teams, greater transparency about changes, and improved data continuity that translates into increased profitability, according to Autodesk.

“With the confusion of an ever-increasing number of construction apps across the industry, the option to manage all project data in a single cloud platform results in more predictable building project outcomes,” Anagnost said.

The new BIM 360 platform is a result of collaboration between Autodesk and 500 construction professionals from 100 organizations who informed the company’s software development process. Autodesk BIM 360 solutions presently house almost 4 million models, and BIM 360 customers have logged approximately 200 million field observations.

BIM 360 connects fragmented workflows across preconstruction, execution, fabrication, installation, and facility management. Autodesk said its new Connect and Construct Exchange adds value for each of these phases of construction with an inaugural group of more than 50 BIM 360 integration partners, of which more than 40 are now available on the exchange. The exchange’s goals are to showcase, catalogue, and generate awareness for all applications and integrations to the next-generation BIM 360 platform so customers and partners have a broad choice of solutions to enhance and extend their workflow to better meet their unique construction needs.

2017 AEC Excellence Awards winners

Autodesk revealed the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards winners. The competition recognizes global projects that embrace connected BIM technologies and sustainable design in the AEC industry. This year’s competition received 145 submissions representing more than 30 countries.

The 2017 AEC Excellence Awards were co-sponsored this year by Autodesk, HP, Construction Dive, and Smart Cities Dive. The independent panel of judges selected the winning projects in the categories of Sustainability, Infrastructure, Building, and Construction.

The Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University won first place in the Sustainability category in Autodesk’s 2017 AEC Excellence Awards. Image courtesy of Shai Epstein

Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects, NCA, and Assa Aharoni Consulting Engineers won the first place award in the Sustainability category for The Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University. The 4,000-square-meter building is the first of its kind in Israel, achieving both LEED Platinum certification (92 points) and 5 stars in the Israeli Green Code 5281.

Tianjin Architecture Design Institute claimed the second place award in the Sustainability category for the Jie Fang Nan Lu Community Culture and Sports Center. The Jie Fang Nan Lu Community Culture and Sports Center is designed to operate as a net-zero building, obtaining both LEED Platinum and China’s Three Star certifications.

The third place award in the Sustainability category went to Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited for WHIZDOM 101 Bangkok. Magnolia Quality Development Corporation is transforming an urban, 17-acre plot into a sustainable, smart city model with a fully integrated, digital, mixed-use development with both commercial space and residential towers.

In the Infrastructure category, Foster + Partners, FR-EE won the first place award for Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico in Autodesk’s 2017 AEC Excellence Awards. Image courtesy of Foster + Partners

In the Infrastructure category, the first place award was presented to Foster + Partners, FR-EE for Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico (NAICM). At 470,000 square meters, NAICM will be one of the world’s largest airports. Its flowing form is inspired by flight, but its primary design focus is the passenger experience. The terminal is almost 1.5 kilometers long with a single, continuous grid shell with an innovative roof and fixed boarding bridges in one enclosure.

LiRo Group won the second place award in the Infrastructure category for East Side Access in New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the United States, will connect trains from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan. This includes an eight city-block-long concourse and multiple train platforms 150 feet beneath Grand Central Station, as well as major renovations of Harold Interlocking, the busiest railway junction in the country.

Third place in the Infrastructure category went to Norconsult AS for Arna-Bergen, Ulriken Tunnel. The Arna-Bergen, Ulriken Tunnel is the first use of a tunnel boring machine in Norway. When the new parallel tunnel is finished, double tracks will run between Arna and Bergen, providing more frequent departures between the cities and updated stations to accommodate the new trains.

In the Building category, Dubai Future Foundation, Killa Design, BuroHappold Engineering, BAM Higgs & Hill, and Transgulf received the first place award for the Museum of the Future. Located adjacent to Emirates Towers in Dubai, the $136 million, 30,000-square-meter iconic building will have an instantly recognizable distorted torus shape, epitomized by its futuristic stainless-steel façade with illuminated glazed Arabic calligraphy.

In the Construction category, China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd. won the first place award for the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Center Project. Image courtesy of China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Co., Ltd.

Second place in the Building category went to Tianjin Architecture Design Institute for the Hohhot City Saihan District National Fitness Center Project. The project in Inner Mongolia is being designed and constructed to encourage participation in China’s 2016-2020 National Fitness Plan. With a site consisting of 91,437 square meters and a total construction area of 33,000 square meters, the building is divided into two zones that include a multi-functional gymnasium with 5,000 seats for sports events and fitness facilities.

Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau won third place in the Building category for Expo 2020 Dubai. Between its opening day on Oct. 20, 2020 and its close on April 10, 2021, the $6.8 billion Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 180 countries, each with its own pavilion, and the capacity to welcome as many as 270,000 visitors per day. The enclosed area of the expo will occupy 2 million square meters with the remaining 2.4 million square meters for amenities and facilities.

In the Construction category, China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd. won the first place award for the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Center Project. Expected for completion in the fall of 2019, Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Center will be a striking new landmark with integrated business and commercial space, luxury apartments, and a five-star hotel. It has a 390,000-square-meter total construction area, constituting a four-story basement, a five-story podium, and a 103-story tower, reaching a total height of 530 meters.

In the Building category, Dubai Future Foundation, Killa Design, BuroHappold Engineering, BAM Higgs & Hill, and Transgulf received the first place award for the Museum of the Future. Image courtesy of Killa Design

Second place in the Construction category went to China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Group Co., Ltd. for China Zun Tower. Set to become the tallest structure in the city of Beijing, and in an area prone to 8.0 seismic intensity, CITIC Group’s new $3.5 billion China Zun Tower — with a gross floor area of 43.7 million square meters — will reach 528 meters with 108 floors and seven floors underground.

Obayashi Corporation and ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation received the third place award in the Construction category for the Mikusa tunnel on the Kinki Highway Kise Line. Surrounded by the sea, Japan is especially susceptible to the devastation of tsunamis. Since many areas are connected by a single road, there is a high risk of isolation during a disaster. A new highway was recently built to serve for additional transportation, which included construction of the 2,380-meter Mikusa tunnel.

Learn more about the winners of the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards and watch the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards show reel at www.autodesk.com/solutions/bim/hub/aec-excellence-2017.


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