Design software: From Mumbai Monorail to Aston Martin

May 19 2014, 09:18 IST
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From the Mumbai Monorail to an Aston Martin, design is the uniting factor. From the Mumbai Monorail to an Aston Martin, design is the uniting factor.
SummaryDesign software is changing how the world around us is being planned.

visualising the paint-booth layouts to identify the potential problems during the planning stage itself.”

On the Infrastructure Design Suite and Building Design Suite, Sunil MK, head, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Autodesk India, says, “Both these suites can empower designers, architects and engineers with technology for greater productivity, improved collaboration and better integrated BIM work-flows.”

Autodesk, in fact, has played a major role in the design and creation of various global landmarks. Nair explains it this way, “From our humble beginnings as the desktop-based CAD company to becoming a leader in 3D design and engineering software, our products have been involved in designing iconic projects like the Shanghai Tower and New York’s Freedom Tower.” Moving from landmarks to landmark movies, Nair says that recent Hollywood flicks such as Gravity, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Into Darkness used Autodesk software to bring their stories to life. “Then, almost every car made in this world uses Autodesk software at some stage in the design and development of the project. For instance, Aston Martin uses Autodesk Alias to design its cars. And we were also involved in the redesign of the Ford Mustang,” Nair adds. In fact, in car manufacturing, CAD-enabled digital prototyping is already saving companies huge sums of money as they are no longer limited to creating and testing physical prototypes. “A digital prototype of a car can be used to explore, visualise and model a product even before it is made and can be tested for safety, resilience, durability, balance and performance at the click of a button.” More recently, Ashok Leyland used the Alias software to design its LCVs.

Coming to how the company is leading India’s design-led revolution, Nair says that Autodesk is more than just a software company. “Design technology is now more relevant for India than ever before,” he says, adding that Mumbai Monorail and the city’s T2 International Airport used Autodesk’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions. “Then, in the media and entertainment sector, movies such as Krrish 3 and Chennai Express used Autodesk software to provide Indian viewers with a visual treat that was previously not possible.”

Nair also tells us that Autodesk is developing design skills in India through its education partnerships. “Our partnerships in education have touched 19 million students and include more than 70% of the AICTE-recognised engineering colleges. We have launched the Autodesk Foundation that will invest in and support non-profit organisations

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