Does BIM facilitate sustainability in the building construction?
The information found in a digital model leads to better informed decisions for more efficient use of energy, water, materials, and land, whether designing a building, utility network, road or bridge. BIM helps industries like buildings, infrastructure, utilities, and plant sectors integrate design, simulation, and visualization into their workflows. This provides greater insight on how to more efficiently use energy, water, and land throughout the lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure. It also leads to more efficient use of materials and contributes towards reduction of waste. So BIM is central to assessing resource usage in projects and promotes sustainability in building construction.
A couple of examples of notable projects where Autodesk software has been used to achieve significant sustainability objectives include the soon-to-be-completed world’s second-tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, where the BIM and building performance analysis tools resulted in a 120-degree twisting design that reduced construction materials (steel, concrete, glass) by 32 percent and includes wind turbines at the top that will generate 350,000 kWh of supplementary electricity per year. The building’s double-layered insulating glass skin creates ventilated atriums that naturally conserve energy by moderating the atrium’s air temperature.
A more local example is by Chandavarkar& Thacker Architects (CnT), an architectural firm based in Bangalore, which used our design software for BIM to develop the 350,000-square-foot Brigade Rubix commercial complex in Bangalore. The design incorporates three interlocking layers consisting of three stories each, with the middle layer twisted 45 degrees. The structure also features a green roof on the middle layer that doubles as a neighborhood park.
Autodesk BIM applications for improved energy performance
BIM is an integral part of our Design Suites – Building Design Suite and Infrastructure Design Suite. The sustainable project outcomes are driven through these suites that include sophisticated software such as Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Green Building Studio and Autodesk Ecotect Analysis that are available in India.
Autodesk® Green Building Studio® energy-analysis software enables architects and designers to perform whole-building analysis, optimize energy consumption, and work toward carbon-neutral building designs earlier in the process. The software adds defaults and assumptions based on your building type and location to complete the energy analytical model. This helps designer perform a valid and useful analysis for decision making.
Role of software for data sharing to enable green design
The construction industry is experiencing a shift – more contractors are using mobile devices to transfer and share information amongst multiple stakeholders, including fellow contractors, architects and owners. This transformation has necessitated the need for cloud and mobile technologies that will allow contractors to work anywhere, share anywhere, and have access to an infinite amount of computing power.
Autodesk has long advocated for design and engineering processes that enable efficient use of data, collaboration among teams, and optimized delivery. The company is leveraging its cloud platform to combine all three elements into a cohesive experience. By providing customers with the ability to share their ideas with more people, collaborate across geographies, and engage on projects virtually anytime, anywhere – Autodesk has created a platform for design and creativity that was never before possible.
BIM 360 Glue and BIM 360 Field are the key Autodesk technologies in this segment for building industry. With BIM 360 Glue, contractors have a cloud-based solution that provides easier coordination, simple clash detection and coordination. By using BIM 360 Field, contractors have better field management, commissioning and handover.
Suffolk Construction is the construction management firm for the project – The Waterside Place. It is a 20-story, 350,000 square-foot residential tower under construction in Boston’s Seaport District. It will include 236 luxury rental units, 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 140 above-grade parking spaces.
Suffolk is utilizing Autodesk’s BIM 360 Field, Autodesk Revit for architecture, Navisworks and AutoCAD on the project. The team utilizes BIM 360 Field for quality control, field reports and safety tracking. As per Ann-Marie Jennette, one of the two project managers BIM 360 Field has been a huge time saver for the project and helped keep people organized and on track.
Skanska USA is creating custom iPad apps based on proposals by workers in the field and using Autodesk technology (BM 360 Field) to increase worker productivity. The Stockholm-based firm Skanska tapped the knowledge of construction managers who can help erect buildings more quickly and with fewer flaws.
The iPads allowed construction managers to check 3D models of buildings, rendered in Autodesk’s Building Information Modeling software, against the actual project. These tools and three other apps currently under development, allow better collaboration among architects, field offices and crews on the ground.
Autodesk strategic industry partnerships to enhance reach of BIM in India.
Autodesk works closely with the ecosystem in India – builders, developers, design consultants, architects to advocate advanced technologies for the construction sector. Recently we organized a BIM Leadership Summit in Mumbai with JJ School of Architecture with participation from leading developers and architect firms where we also mooted the idea of the formation of National Task Force for BIM implementation in India. We feel making BIM a mandate in construction projects will help adoption of the technology. In Singapore, BIM is an important component of public housing projects.
The most exciting initiative that we have launched in the recent time is the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program for architecture and engineering students. Adding to our existing set of resources and curricula for sustainable design, it’s a free online course that teaches necessary building science fundamentals for designing high performance buildings through self-paced online tutorials, quizzes and Autodesk software exercises. Autodesk’s BPA Certificate Program is complementary to LEED accreditation and gives students the skills they likely haven’t learned and helps them gain a competitive edge in the job marketplace. Again the course is free and it’s open to students around the world.
Current scenario & future potential of India AEC business
The biggest challenge at this moment in India seems to be a lack of awareness. Construction sector as such, is not known to be early adopters when it comes to technology. So we need a mindset shift. In addition, the industry would also need talent and BIM ready professionals who can help take that leap. So talent is definitely another challenge.
Autodesk is bullish about the potential of the AEC business in India. From sustainable infrastructure to green buildings to affordable housing there are host of areas in the country’s growth story that Autodesk can be a natural partner with. Our range of products can help the AEC industry in India to grow to the next level.