When natural disasters strike developing areas, the bulk of casualties are caused not by tremors or rain, but from preventable building collapse. To help mitigate and end these tragedies, Autodesk partners with Build Change, an organization that works with homeowners, construction professionals, and governments to design culturally appropriate, disaster-resistant homes. One of its most successful and cost-effective methods is retrofitting existing homes for typhoon- and earthquake-resistance.
For this life-saving approach, Build Change relies on Autodesk software. To retrofit a home, local engineers use AutoCAD to create 2D drawings and measurements. Data is then moved to 3D generating software Revit with Autodesk Dynamo. These Autodesk programs, modified to create easier access and efficiency, can cut the retrofit design process from two days to just two hours. Saving valuable time and labor lets Build Change return more people to the homes they lost.
Through its partnership with Autodesk, Build Change has retrofitted 61,200 disaster-resistant buildings, housed 332,000 safer people, and created 27,500 local jobs.