An accomplished engineer and software executive, Andrew Anagnost earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Northridge, before going on to complete a PhD in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and computer science at Stanford University. Andrew Anagnost draws upon this training in his current position as the CEO of Autodesk, a software company serving the construction and engineering industries among others.
Autodesk recently announced a promising new partnership with China Design Digital Technology (CDDT), a Chinese firm, that will further encourage the use of Autodesk’s BIM (Building Information Modeling) solution in Chinese construction projects. BIM, a 3D-modeling process used across the construction and engineering fields, has already been implemented in other successful projects in China, including the award-winning Samuel Chao Chung Ting Science Museum in Rizhao City.
As part of the collaboration, CDDT and Autodesk will work together to create localized versions of BIM that will facilitate adoption in the country, and analysts state the partnership will help BIM play an important role in the development of ‘smart’ cities throughout China.
The agreement comes at an opportune time. A recent global construction report predicts that China’s building explosion will not slow down any time soon. According to the report, construction growth is projected to expand to more than $15 trillion by 2030.