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June 16, 2021

Better Infrastructure with New Technology: Learning for the Road Ahead

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As negotiations continue over the American Jobs Act, the Biden administration’s big infrastructure package, one thing is clear: the definition of infrastructure has changed. To start, access to data is now almost as important as access to water and power. And how we collect, manage, and share that data is as important to the construction process as it is to the final infrastructure we build, as Autodesk pointed out in recommendations for the administration earlier this year.

New tools like drones, IoT sensors, extended reality, and the cloud can help us to optimize processes and build and operate more sustainably. When Autodesk joined members of the administration at United for Infrastructure Week in May, it became clear that we need to not only modernize our infrastructure, but also modernize the processes we use to design and build it.

With the 2022 releases of Civil 3D and InfraWorks, it’s easier than ever to integrate these new technologies into your processes. Whether you’re doing detailed infrastructure design and documentation with Civil 3D, aggregating data and visually communicating design intent with InfraWorks, or using them together, you can take advantage of new features for automated site grading, streamlined multidisciplinary workflows, expanded reality capture capabilities, and much more.

Ready to learn? Check out these AU sessions to build your skills related to new tech in infrastructure design and construction.

Visualization

Great visualization can take many forms—and can make a positive impact on project outcomes. Rob Zutt, in his class Improve Stakeholder Experience for Road Design with Virtual Reality by Using InfraWorks and Lego, shows you how to create an InfraWorks model from a Civil 3D design, then visualize your model in VR—and turn it into a 3D-printed Lego model, too. In 3D Subsurface Data Visualization: Integration with InfraWorks and BIM 360, Sanjay Kumar G R shares how integrating subsurface data visualization with above-ground features in InfraWorks—and then publishing it in BIM 360 for clients—enables greater safety and reduced costs.

Internet of Things

IoT technologies enable us to connect new kinds of sensors in new ways. Thandavan Boobalan shares his experience designing and building coastal embankments with sensors that can alert authorities to signs of flooding in Placement of Coastal Embankment and Monitoring Using IoT.

Drones

Traditional bridge inspections bring traffic disruption and significant risk for the inspectors. In Bridge Inspection with Aerial Robots: An End-to-End Automated Workflow, you’ll learn how bridge inspection can be done automatically with drones, and the lessons learned from testing this workflow in Japan and the United States. And Carrie Wiley shows you how to leverage aerial imagery to create winning proposals in Elevate Your Next AEC Proposal with Nearmap Vertical Imagery, 3D, and AI.

Cloud control

With so much time spent in the field, cloud-based access to data, models, and collaboration tools has been a game-changer for infrastructure. In Movin’ on up to BIM 360: Migrate an Existing Civil 3D Project to the Cloud, Louisa Holland explores the best way to move a project from a local network to BIM 360 Document Management, ensuring that Civil 3D project data is available for collaboration and drawing settings are tweaked for maximum performance.

You can find more classes about new technologies for infrastructure at Autodesk University whenever you’re ready to learn.