Autodesk, Inc. and Virgin Hyperloop One announced an alliance to explore new opportunities in extending the value of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for transportation route optimization and improved digital engineering and construction workflows.

By bringing the context of the real world into the design and engineering phases of a project, Autodesk and Virgin Hyperloop One hope to more efficiently calculate costs across the entire lifespan of a project – design, construction, operations, and maintenance.

More advanced design and engineering tools may allow for simpler “optioneering.”  For example, quickly determining whether a hyperloop system should be placed adjacent to an existing highway or beneath the ground or above – and how these decisions may impact the adjacent cities or communities.

Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology features depressurized tubes that carry on-demand passenger or cargo pods at speeds of up to 670 miles per hour, powered by magnetic-levitation and electric propulsion.  Its depressurized 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.

Virgin Hyperloop One currently leverages many Autodesk solutions in design, including Civil 3D, InfraWorks, Revit and Inventor.  Virgin Hyperloop One is also adopting Autodesk’s BIM 360 project delivery platform and global cloud collaboration tools.