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Virgin Hyperloop works with Autodesk and BIM to optimise routes

2 December 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Virgin One Hyperloop's system of depressurised tubes that carry on-demand passenger or cargo pods at speeds of up to 670mph

Autodesk and Virgin Hyperloop One are to explore using BIM to optimise transportation routes for a network of “hyperloops” which can propel passenger or cargo pods at speeds of up to 670mph.

Virgin Hyperloop One uses technology uses 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.

Working with Autodesk, it hopes to use BIM to maximise the efficiency of hyperloop routes, as well as improving digital engineering and construction workflows.

Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer of Virgin Hyperloop One said: “Virgin Hyperloop One is pushing the boundaries of transportation efficiency. 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.”

Nicolas Mangon, vice president of AEC business strategy at Autodesk added: “Autodesk technology is in the DNA of much of the built world everywhere. 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.”

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