Autodesk to Expand Research and Development in Singapore [Press Releases]

April 1, 2011 by  
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Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, continued its commitment to environmentally responsible operations, opening the company’s first green location in Asia Pacific. The new facility in Singapore’s Solaris building will house development teams supporting Autodesk’s broad product portfolio.

“Since establishing our regional headquarters in Singapore in 2001, Autodesk has become one of the country’s largest software developers,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Businesses, Autodesk. “We’re honored to have raised the bar for both design software and more responsible, energy efficient offices. We currently employ hundreds of people in Singapore, comprising 20 nationalities. Through our ongoing collaboration with the Singapore Economic Development Board, Autodesk plans to continue to increase its local workforce in the coming years.”

“We are pleased that Autodesk has chosen to expand its R&D activities in Singapore,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. “Through this expansion, Autodesk will further enhance its capacity to develop advanced design software in Singapore. This decision reflects the strong partnership between Singapore and Autodesk, and our shared vision for sustainable growth through innovation.”

For the past 10 years, Singapore has served as a research and development (R&D) hub for Autodesk Global Operations. “We’ve had a strong decade of business operations and R&D in Singapore,” said Richard Jones, vice president of Global Engineering, Autodesk. “The country is a favorable one for Autodesk for many reasons, including its geographical location, robust commercial infrastructure, highly educated technology talent pool and committed support from the Singapore government. This is why Autodesk is further investing in our Singapore-based workforce.”

Singapore Office Space Supports Sustainable Operations Focus at Autodesk

The new Autodesk office in Singapore’s Solaris building, designed with the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) software portfolio, is seeking LEED Platinum Certification for Commercial Interiors. This is the highest possible certification level of its kind, which, if received, would be Singapore’s first such award. The facility is also seeking Green Mark Platinum certification from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.

The new Solaris office will be Autodesk’s seventh LEED-certified space, the latest in the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility. While Autodesk’s carbon footprint is relatively small compared to other large companies, the company strives to continually measure, manage and reduce the impact of its operations. Choosing or designing energy-efficient office space and optimizing operations for existing buildings enhance this effort, together with frequent measurement and management of building performance. An estimated 40 percent of total global energy use is attributable to buildings, making sustainable design decisions a priority to Autodesk and its customers.

Building Information Modeling Used in Design of Autodesk’s Sustainable Office Space

Autodesk’s Solaris office was designed by Aedas, a leading international design practice, using BIM processes. BIM is an intelligent model–based design process that provides greater insight into creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact.

AutoCAD software was instrumental in the design and construction of the office. Autodesk Revit Architecture software helped architects visualize the real-world appearance, performance and cost of the interior build-out, while keeping the designers, contractors and Autodesk synchronized. Autodesk Revit MEP software, the BIM software solution for building systems design, was used to help plan the layout of air ducts and electrical systems on the two-and-a-half floors occupied by Autodesk. The designers also used Autodesk 3ds Max Design software to render interior spaces with beautiful detail.

Autodesk Building Information Modeling Solutions

Autodesk Revit–based solutions for the building industry enable the creation of intelligent models and include solutions for architecture; structural engineering; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering. AutoCAD Civil 3D software is the BIM software solution for civil engineers, drafters, designers and technicians working on transportation, land development and water projects. Autodesk’s comprehensive portfolio of applications, including AutoCAD software for documentation and professional drafting, complements these core BIM products and helps expand the power of BIM.

Source and Image: Autodesk, Inc

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  1. BIM is an intelligent model–based design process that provides greater insight into creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact.

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