Image 3In its continued mission to help Filipino practitioners in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, Autodesk Philippines hosted its first ever AEC Conference in Manila. The daylong conference discussed the current industry trends, challenges and the infrastructure opportunities in Philippines and the role and value of Autodesk’s BIM (building information modeling) methodology. The conference also featured Autodesk 2014 solutions for building design, construction, infrastructure and process plant industry.

Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, by using Autodesk’s software, a comprehensive software portfolio that combines BIM and CAD tools, now building and construction professionals can design, simulate, visualize, and build better buildings.

Arch. Christopher dela Cruz, CEO of the Philippine Green Building Council gave the key note address at the conference and later was joined by Arch. Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr., Founder and Managing Partner of Palafox Associates who gave a presentation about BIM adoption and implementation. While Mr. Gianluca Lange, Regional Industry Manager – ASEAN, Autodesk presented about ‘Worldwide construction trends and the role and value of BIM’.

In his presentation, Gianluca Lange shared that the conference was a great opportunity to boost Building Information Modeling’s (BIM) integration in the workflow of local practitioners. He stressed that productivity continues to be a great priority in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. According to him, methodologies like BIM are helping improve collaboration, reduce errors and speed time to market and in turn help save time and money.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), has recently shared that Philippines has been the fastest growing economy among Asian countries for the first quarter of 2013. In the second quarter, the economy posted 7.5 per cent GDP growth with construction industry growing to 17.4 per cent from last year’s 11.6 percent[1]. According to Philippine Constructors Association Inc (PCA), the construction industry this year is expected to grow faster with the rise in public and private sector projects as well as a boom in high-rise residential condominiums, office towers and other types of housing.

Noting the construction industry’s robust performance, Lange further shared that the AEC conference is very timely for the local industry. The industry momentum has been established and we can further sustain and even expand this growth through the knowledge transfer that we seek to facilitate in this event.

Commenting later about the conference, Teddy Tiu, Country Manager, Autodesk Philippines shared that the construction industry has shown a strong promise for the local economy and that offers technology companies like Autodesk a lot of opportunities to help both small architectural companies and large consulting and construction companies. With Autodesk Building Design Suite and BIM technology, now firms can efficiently plan, design, construct and manage most critical infrastructure projects.

The conference was attended by around 300 senior industry professionals, architects, designers and experts from the construction industry in Philippines.