Tan Choon Sang (CS Tan), Country Manager, Autodesk Malaysia (pic), said that 2014 has been a good year for Autodesk.
In Malaysia, we continue to see significant growth in receptiveness and adoption of design technology in various industries especially in Manufacturing and Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC). We expect the coming year to be a productive one for engineers and manufacturers alike as they strive to solve global challenges like never before. Keeping this in mind, we have identified some design and technology trends in the future of making things.
3D printing has created a huge impact in the way things are designed and made. The fundamental change it brought was the ability for manufacturers, entrepreneurs and individuals to manufacture objects on their own, becoming their own custom factories. This improved ability for greater customization will soon see the world of design and manufacturing being reshaped, enabling localization of production, rapid turnarounds and heighten speed in time-to-market. Businesses will need to be attentive and versatile as consumers now will increasingly seek out better product choices and customisation in the marketplace.
This is one of the most exciting times to be a designer. What if a computer-aided design (CAD) system could automatically generate tens, hundreds, or even thousands of design options that all meet your specific design criteria? From now moving forward, it is no longer what if.
Take for instance Autodesk's Project Dreamcatcher, the next generation of computational design. Dreamcatcher is a generative design system that lets designers input design objectives and allows the power of the cloud to take over. This does not replace the designer as it does the grunt work, processing and evaluating design trade-offs at a speed impossible for humans. Dreamcatcher can free up the designer to innovate and create in order to move away from repetitive design tasks and calculations and instead focus on creative design. This is cloud computing in its purest form; true computing rather than simple file storage. The required computing power that was previously available only to institutional and government agencies with supercomputers is now on the verge of being available to everyone.
The latest visualisations tools today provide a compelling and realistic 360-degree view of a project. This has enabled AEC professionals to make better design decisions during the planning process - before construction even begins. In Malaysia and around the region, more and more developers are exploring new ways to use advanced modelling software to facilitate the design and incorporation of efficiency features into their latest projects. Autodesk has combined the strengths of leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) desktop software with new cloud, mobile software to dramatically improve the future of building as BIM continues to emerge rapidly as a paradigm-changing technology within the construction industry.
In 2015, we foresee the use design and visualisation in Malaysia's construction industry will accelerate dramatically, driven by major private and government owners becoming mindful of how technology and the access to information helps make better judgments by understanding the impact of every design decision. We expect AEC professionals to become more aware of the benefits of design technology and will be more inclined to institutionalise a faster and more certain project delivery whilst keeping to reliable quality and cost.
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