using the power of design to help solve epic challenges such as climate change, access to water and healthcare. From industry and academia to civil society, we are advocating the use of design technology in India to solve the most pressing challenges. We are at the centre of India’s design-led revolution and aspire to lead the way,” he adds.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India also stand to gain from the company’s solutions. “Our growth has been dependent on small companies. The subscription-based software purchase and cloud services as a part of our 2015 Design Suites can deliver significant value for SMEs and professionals. One of the things designers traditionally struggled with was the amount of processing power required to run powerful and sophisticated simulations. If you do not have state-of-the-art hardware, running simulations becomes tedious. This is where the practically infinite processing power of cloud plays a crucial role. Autodesk subscription offers customers new purchasing options that
enable to choose the plan that best fits their current project needs and budget,” Nair says.
In most sectors, CAD solutions turn out to be very cost-effective. Nair confirms, “When we look at the overall benefits on project costs that CAD software enables, it is a worthwhile investment. In the construction sector, a lot of issues such as cost overruns, project delays and planning flaws can be effectively resolved using 3D design software. For example, in the Mumbai Monorail project, the AutoCAD Civil 3D software helped L&T engineers visualise, simulate and analyse the real-world performance of their designs early in the design process in a 3D environment. It greatly aided the timely execution of the project.”
If CAD technology can reduce manufacturing costs, it can also help reduce environmental impact throughout the manufacturing process. Nair agrees to this. “In the manufacturing industry, one of the major concerns is the amount of waste that is generated during the production process and the time spent in rectifying design flaws. Most companies have to bleed useful resources due to these reasons. Our sustainability solutions for manufacturing are based on digital prototyping, simulation and lifecycle management platforms, so teams can explore, implement and communicate sustainable design decisions. This helps companies create, validate, optimise and communicate ideas from the conceptual design phase through the manufacturing process, delivering products to market faster.” Clearly, digital prototyping technology can significantly shrink waste and save large amount of time which is otherwise lost