Autodesk has no doubts and draws the future, bringing machine learning-enabled design to the service of modular constructions and robots.

Nicolas Mangon, Autodesk Vice President AEC Strategy &Marketing, said at the Autodesk Univesity in Las Vegas we participated in, that technologies of the future are also suitable to preserve the past.

For example, thanks to Autodesk’s technologies, you can know with absolute certainty how the structure of Notre Dame was built in Paris, making it possible to build a faithful reconstruction of the original.

Moreover, thanks to the Geographic Information System, it is possible to provide valuable data to the police, which has happened recently: GIS data have been of great help to firemen in the control of fires in California.

But the tools are also enabled by Autodesk, and robots are the most brilliant example. Mangon showed the robot Spot of Boston Dynamics.

It is able to move perfectly thanks to sophisticated sensors and machine learning, at a maximum speed of 1.6 meters per second. The range of action exceeds a mile, for a range of about 90 minutes.

There are countless possibilities for use, we have seen him move around the exhibition area of Autodesk University with amazing agility, and the user interface that we have been able to try makes it suitable for use even for people with no particular skills. It is easy to imagine its use in situations where a human being would be at risk of physical safety.

Investment in the construction section is significant, and led to the launch of Autodesk Construction Cloud, as we have told on 01building.

Mangon continued to stress the importance of data and its use in design. The birth of smart spaces, rich in Iot and IIoT, in fact requires a qualitative leap for design.

On stage of the Nevada was shown an example of smart door developed with Fusion 360 by Hacka Labs. The door is equipped with countless environmental sensors, a proprietary operating system and LCD display. It is able to communicate with maintainers and It operations, providing valuable information to mitigate energy consumption or risk situations, and artificial intelligence is able to assess parameters and give priority to the necessary intervention.

The whole-round intent is evident: to contain costs, to speed up the construction times, and (no less important) to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.

Autodesk’s design technology also allows the realization of visionary ideas, such as Virgin’s Hyperloop One: a low pressure train and magnetic levitation that has the potential to radically change the way you move, connecting A certain radical idea, which could impact people’s lives like few other technologies before.

Jack Dooley, Skystone CEO, spoke of the world’s highest modular hotel.

Modularity is an essential factor for hotels of the future, according to the manager: the reduction of the total costs of realization and the time necessary for the realization of the projects.

Another factor in favour of modular hotels is the least environmental impact and the reduction of inconveniences caused to inhabitants and activities close to construction.

The sensitivity to these issues is now at the highest level ever, so it is easy to imagine how important this aspect is.

In fact, much of the construction work is not done at the end of the modular building, which is rather the seat of the assembly of modules. Inevitably, this also has a direct reflection in the supply chain:

Robotics is taking on an increasingly important role both in domestic and industrial environments. We talked about this with Erin Bradner, Director of Autodesk Plus Robotics Lab.

The importance of robotics for the manufacturing of the future and present will undoubtedly be important. It is a question of overcoming a number of cultural blocks, partly determined by incorrect or misleading information.

Robots are not a danger to man, nor will they steal occupation, according to Autodesk: if anything they will create new wealth, allowing people to perform more rewarding and high value-added tasks.

Furthermore, robots will be useful (and in part already are) in dangerous activities for humans, such as operating in areas at risk of collapse, in fires or contaminated areas.

We asked Bradner what he thought of the impact of robotics on the world of the Pmi. A enabling factor, or an additional step to climb to overcome the digital divide?

Autodesk’s manager has no doubt: for the SMEs that will have the courage to innovate, robots represent one of the best opportunities for growth.

In fact, not all robotics is composed of very expensive 6-axis models: many simple robots however increase the productivity of the company and are within the budget of a small manufacturing company. Often this type of company is dedicated to vertical production of parts or components: for these purposes, highly efficient robots are sufficient for a series of simple and repetitive operations.

The astonishment with which Erin Bradner has addressed with us the theme of fears that (at least in Italy) accompany the spread of robotics is significant.

In fact, there is really no place for those who prove hostile to any form of change. Today the market situation is quite clear, and in many ways similar to the mechanisms of natural selection: those who do not evolve are destined to become extinct.

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