Autodesk celebrates Olympic village completion

Design software specialist's key products were chosen by architects of village. Olympic ideals like speed and accuracy came to the fore.

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By  Rob Corder Published  September 11, 2000

The Olympic Games is a marketing professional’s dream. Millions of people watching, and — with the exception of the odd drug scandal — nothing but good wholesome pursuits with which to be associated.

Autodesk, like dozens of other IT companies, has managed to grab a share of the limelight because its software was used to design the Olympic village. It’s a plumb project to be associated with because speed and accuracy are as essential to creating a village as they are to winning Olympic gold.

Two of Autodesk’s design software packages, AutoCAD and 3D Studio VIZ, were heavily used in the designing of the Olympic Village.

“AutoCAD was our first choice of design software because of its best-of-breed functionality, superior performance and the large pool of skilled users available. By using Autodesk’s AutoCAD and 3D Studio VIZ products to model the different views and to see how the interior space flowed and the buildings all worked together, we were able to make the entire development very livable. Certainly without AutoCAD, it would have been more difficult to have achieved such a positive result in the timeframe available,” said Peter Cotton, design manager of the Olympic Village development.

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