Better By Design

Uploaded by Autodesk on 20.05.2009

Autodesk software allows customers
to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas
digitally, helping them to experience
and improve their projects before they are built.
Let’s take a look at how Marin Bicycles,
in Northern California, used digital models
to design and build a better mountain bike.
Using a digital prototype, they could see what
the bike would look like. Through collision detection
and stress analysis, they could also see
how the bike would perform in the real world.
Digital Prototyping helped them build a better mountain bike.
Digital models were also used to design
the new building for the California Academy of Sciences.
Architect Renzo Piano and his team
had a vision of a museum in harmony
with its surroundings.
It’s the only place on the planet where visitors
can explore an aquarium, a planetarium,
and a rainforest — all under one “living roof.”
Naturally ventilating the space,
the rolling roofline draws cool air
into the piazza, as hot air vents
through the skylights. The radiant floor
generates heat, while the two-and-a-half
acre living roof naturally insulates.
The design of the academy evolved
based on the combined results of many studies.
Things like the unique design of the roof
totally changed based on seismic
and structural analysis.
Extensive studies determined the critical
placement of the skylights, allowing just
the right amount of natural sunlight to
reach the rainforest and coral reef.
Because they were able to experience
their project before it was built, this impressive structure
is now the greenest museum on the planet.
Digital models are also used to
manage large-scale infrastructure
projects like the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Early on in this project, engineers were able
were able to explore different design
alternatives quickly and easily.
During the design phase,
3D digital models were used to check
for potential conflicts between the different
structural components of the tower.
Deck fabrication and installation
procedures were simulated, analyzed, and validated
and the structural performance of the bridge piers
was accurately predicted.
Mechanical and electrical components
were checked against the structural model for conflicts
and a 4D simulation was used to plan
the different construction activities that would occur
simultaneously in the very confined
space of the project.
The use of digital models gave the Bay
Bridge design team a realistic and
accurate view of their project that allowed
them not only to experience, but to improve
the bridge before it was built.
All over the world, today’s design and engineering
professionals are facing unprecedented challenges,
from increased global competition
to greater demand for designs
that are sustainable.
Autodesk is committed to helping them respond
to those challenges with technology equal
to their vision of a better-designed world.