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Autodesk and Virgin Hyperloop One to use BIM for transport planning

26 November 2019 | By Andrew Pring

Autodesk and Virgin Hyperloop One, a leader of hyperloop technology and the evolution of how the world moves people and goods, are to explore new opportunities in extending the value of BIM for transportation route optimisation and improved digital engineering and construction workflows.

“Virgin Hyperloop One is pushing the boundaries of transportation efficiency,” said Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer of Virgin Hyperloop One. “Together, with our global teams and shared customers, Virgin Hyperloop One and Autodesk will explore ways to optimise hyperloop routing and operations – in a way that not only propels the hyperloop industry forward, but also has ancillary benefits to more traditional forms of transportation such as railway and highway route optimisation.”

Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology features depressurised tubes that carry on-demand passenger or cargo pods at speeds of up to 670mph, powered by magnetic-levitation and electric propulsion. Its depressurised tube infrastructure eliminates the impacts of air-drag and friction, requiring less energy and cost to operate, and allows travel to occur at exceptionally high speeds.

“Autodesk technology is in the DNA of much of the built world everywhere,” said Nicolas Mangon, vice president of AEC business strategy at Autodesk. “With the global population expected to hit 10 billion by 2050, the way infrastructure is designed and constructed, and how we move people and goods, must change.

“We have a choice to either accommodate the expected growth or become overwhelmed by it. I believe Virgin Hyperloop One and Autodesk together will help to tackle the challenges ahead.”