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Integration of geospatial and AEC is inevitable

Nicolas Mangon, Vice-President, AEC Syrategy and Marketing, Autodesk

We are likely to see more collaborative working, in which everyone has access to accurate, real-time data that is linked to location information.

Consumer adoption of Internet-connected devices are continuing to rise. As consumer applications grow, strategic industry-specific implementations will also grow. The International Data Corporation reports that over 30 billion ‘things’ will be connected to the Internet by 2020, and all these will feed into a ‘Big Data’ machinery. For example, in the infrastructure space, cellular data can be used to collect traffic data. Combined with analytics, various systems can use this data to predict traffic patterns and assess routes that may be prone to congestion at certain times of the day.

Inevitably, automation led by Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) will drive innovations for the geospatial industry. Information derived from non-personal data collected from sensors and other connected devices will be augmented and integrated with other types of information, including BIM design data, to become more ‘interconnected’. This will likely cause a paradigm shift in the geospatial industry, where 2D maps are not the primary output and GIS professionals become part of engineering and design teams. We are likely to see more collaborative working, in which everyone has access to accurate, real-time data that is linked to location information, providing context about the built and natural environment. In the end, geospatial and AEC professionals will be working together to help improve transparency of data collected and value of such data to the customers.

Customer data as protected asset

We believe companies can foster innovation while maintaining customer trust though commitments to data privacy and security. At Autodesk, we understand that addressing data privacy and security concerns is more important than ever, and we treat customer data as a protected asset. Companies must deal with customer data responsibly and have governance, programs and controls in place to drive accountability. It also means that data is used for legitimate business purposes that offer benefits to customers.

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Autodesk has implemented analytics programs intended to help us understand how our customers use our products and services, so we can personalize their experiences and build better software. By analyzing usage trends and patterns, we can optimize current features, make positive changes for future releases, provide more useful communications and improve performance and quality.

Autodesk maintains privacy principles and has implemented governance structures, policies and controls to collect, use, share and retain personal data. Our users have ways to control how certain data is collected and used through access to “choices and preferences”. How we manage privacy and data security will evolve as the regulatory landscape, customer demands and needs of our business change.

Capitalizing on data abundance

Experts predict that by 2020, trillions of gigabytes of data will be generated daily. All this data and its conversion into useful information is what will underpin the process of digitalization in the AEC industry. By using modern approaches that take advantage of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things and data analytics, we are starting to see the AEC industry capitalize on this abundance of data to gain insights to help address the global social, economic and environmental challenges, including demands for construction and rehabilitation of buildings and infrastructure to support the growing population.

Automation is needed to help businesses and society meet the demands of our growing and urbanizing global population. We recognize that it also contributes to job disruptions, and that Autodesk has a responsibility to help workers adapt. We are committed to putting people at the center of this future of work transformation.

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