U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge

Innovation for cities and transportation: InfraWorks played a role in connecting people to places and information for the winner and other finalists submissions.


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About the Smart City Challenge

About the winner and finalists

What does Autodesk have to do with this challenge?

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About the Smart City Challenge

On March 7th, 2016 U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) received the support of Autodesk for the Department’s Smart City Challenge – a competition which will create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.  To support the Smart City Challenge, each of the seven finalist cities each received complimentary access to Autodesk InfraWorks and training and technical support to help define their vision during the final stage of the competition and beyond.

The idea of the Smart City is to connect people to places and information while also optimizing the operation of their assets into the future. Autodesk is proud to be partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the Smart City Challenge – a competition which will create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.  To support the Smart City Challenge, each of the seven finalist cities each received complimentary access to Autodesk InfraWorks and training and technical support to help define their vision during the final stage of the competition and beyond.

The idea of the Smart City is to connect people to places and information while also optimizing the operation of their assets into the future. Autodesk is proud to be partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the Smart City Challenge. The U.S. DOT is serious about the effort and has committed $40 million to the winner of the challenge.

With climate change, increasing urban populations and crumbling infrastructure facing our cities, Secretary Foxx’s Smart City Challenge comes at a great time…The focus of the challenge mirrors Autodesk’s vision to imagine, design and create a better world, and we are proud to support the finalist cities to bring their designs into an achievable, data-driven reality.  Carl Bass, Former CEO, Autodesk

 

The winner and finalists

Explore their Smart City Challenge pitches and roadmaps for integrating innovative technologies to prototype the future of transportation and reduce carbon emissions in their cities. All Finalist videos courtesy of USDOT Smart City Challenge. Columbus, Ohio – The city of Columbus wins the USDOT Smart City Challenge with a fully-integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape the city’s future.

The winning city, Columbus, was offered 4- year term of AEC Collections, plus virtual support and training to build a more robust model. InfraWorks is extremely relevant to the Smart City Challenge because it can model futuristic transportation scenarios onto existing urban environments. In addition to multi-modal traffic simulations, the program can consider the impact of driverless cars and intelligent sensors on local mobility. It ultimately helps city planners show and tell multiple design ideas and iterations.

 

Check out Columbus submission and the finalists

 

From an Autodesk perspective, the concept of a “Smart City” is not only about using the internet of things to communicate information to city residents or optimize the services provided to them, but also is a construct in which to frame local government transformation. Cities need to transform in order to develop sustainably, improve resilience, meet citizens’ rising expectations, and attract investment, new businesses, and talent. A smart city makes use of data and technology to make work easier, life better, access faster and fosters community engagement.

Beyond just smart technology, creating a smart city requires us to be smart about how we design, make and use them. Autodesk supports smart city initiatives by providing the platform to create, communicate and evaluate transportation options that results in a more connected, sustainable and resilient community. Cities are often overwhelmed by big data and the ability to make it actionable information. For the US DOT Smart City Challenge, cities were asked to ‘Imagine a city where transportation just works.’

The benefit of the Autodesk approach includes managing the connections between the many data sets and representations needed to create the complex design projects where transportation ‘just works’. By managing the connection between the data, design concepts can be created quicker, vetted and approved faster and communicated to public stakeholder in a way that reduces pushback.

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The City of Columbus is working actively with the national and local partners to plan their approach to implementation. But even at the earliest systems planning stage the InfraWorks model prepared as part of the competition is being used to evaluate and review possible options for the project implementation. With four years of work ahead, a clear understanding of the current systems by all parties is crucial, and InfraWorks helps to deliver on that vision.