Autodesk Promotes Increasing Infrastructure Investment and Use of Technology During Latin America Trade Mission
Guest Blog Post by Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President of Information Modeling products, Autodesk Inc.
Ed note: Autodesk is a $2 billion design and engineering firm with tens of millions of customers around the world. Autodesk’s portfolio of software empowers organizations of all sizes, creative visionaries, students and consumers to conceptualize, analyze, simulate and communicate their ideas and make them real. Autodesk’s software has been used to create the world’s most compelling media and entertainment, including the last 18 Academy-award winning films, and solve the most complex global design, engineering and sustainability challenges.
Autodesk is honored to be a part of this trade mission to Latin America. As a company, we are committed to helping this region build, or rebuild, its critical infrastructure. This mission affords us an opportunity to meet with government and private sector leaders and develop long-term, strategic relationships with the Embassies and U.S. Foreign Commercial Service representatives. We are proud of the early progress already made in just a couple days of meetings. Working together we have been able to identify near and long-term opportunities and connect with key leaders and decision makers to drive critical, infrastructure-related discussions forward.
So, why is Autodesk involved?
According to McKinsey & Company, as much as $60 trillion dollars is needed in global infrastructure investment through 2030. And yet, the leading economies have only spent $36 trillion over the past 18 years. To effectively close the funding gap we need to better manage project complexity and improve collaborative building efforts, timing and, ultimately, the delivery of projects. In order to achieve this state, advanced design technology is critically important.
From developing simple tools to creating complex structures, people have always used design to gain a competitive advantage and make the world functional and beautiful. Autodesk’s software solutions provide many benefits to our customers – including the ability to better predict projects outcomes. Our tools enable architects, engineers, builders and owners to explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics in a digital environment, before it is even built—which offers valuable insight that will improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed.
Today, our software is being used in the design and construction of some of the most visible projects in Latin America, from the redesign of the Panama Canal locks to multiple soccer stadiums in Brazil for the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. When complete, these complex projects will strengthen economies and enhance the image, visibility and global competitiveness for the region.
As one example, let’s look at the Panama Canal, built nearly 100 years ago. The Panama Canal is currently undergoing its largest expansion project ever. Upon completion, the Canal will accommodate container cargo and tanker ships capable of carrying twice as much cargo as ships that pass through the canal now. The new design will impact global commerce and help change and improve the way goods are transported around the world. It will provide sustainable water and energy solutions and influence future engineering and water-related projects. Put simply, the expansion of the Canal will be the catalyst to so much more.
Once again, I would like to express my genuine appreciation and thanks to Acting Secretary Blank and the Commerce Department staff who arranged this tremendous set of meetings. We look forward to our increased collaboration with the businesses and governments of Brazil, Colombia and Panama!