New Service Makes Triple Bottom Line Analysis an Integrated Part of a BIM Project Workflow
Submitted by Impact Infrastructure
Impact Infrastructure today unveiled AutoCASE, a cutting-edge, cloud-based tool that enables triple-bottom line business case analysis to become an integrated part of a BIM project design workflow. Triple Bottom Line [TBL] analysis goes beyond exploring only the engineering aspects of a design to embrace an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental and financial.
AutoCASE is available in two forms: a plug in for Autodesk’s AutoCAD Civil 3D, a key member of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium and Ultimate, and as a stand-alone service accessed via a web browser. The new TBL cloud-based service helps to automate the process for valuing what have traditionally been considered intangible benefits, such as air pollution, property value and recreational space.
This valuation process uses location-specific data for each project. AutoCASE gives engineers, architects, designers, and finance professionals the flexibility and efficiency to provide rigorous analysis through all stages of infrastructure planning and design.
John Williams, Impact Infrastructure’s Chairman and CEO said, “Today, it’s more important than ever to design projects that consider more than simply capital and operating costs. Infrastructure projects affect a range of stakeholders including local residents, businesses, governments, and the environment. Traditionally, the majority of these effects have been difficult to quantify, which has resulted in non-financial impacts being given less weight in the decision-making process. AutoCASE changes all of that. Major project sponsors are looking to maximize total returns. For example, the San Francisco Airport Capital Program procurement documents require TBL analysis as part of competitive submissions for upcoming design build offerings.”
Emma Stewart, Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk said, “With direct access to AutoCASE from within AutoCAD Civil 3D, it’s like bringing an economist, ecologist and public health expert to your desk to help prioritize alternative planning scenarios based on societal value. “Users will be able to plan, design and finance proposals, placing emphasis on achieving optimal financial, economic, social and environmental returns. AutoCASE generates TBL business cases quickly, so when changes occur, teams can see the impact immediately and use this information to increase their chances to win financing and buy-in from community stakeholders.”
Using the vast analytical potential of Building Information Modeling (BIM), AutoCASE makes triple bottom line business case analysis affordable, easy to produce, and accessible to infrastructure professionals around the world. Key features and benefits include:
Quantifying social & environmental impacts to enhance the project’s business case
Providing an easy-to-use interface that is both flexible and powerful
Utilizing the most up-to-date information, research and methodologies
Pricing and Availabiltiy
Announced today at a launch event held in the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, the new AutoCASE cloud-based TBL service and tool for AutoCAD Civil 3D is now available from Impact Infrastructure. The initial plug-in module for AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCASE for Stormwater, is available worldwide in English only, with data to support projects in the United States and Canada. AutoCASE for Stormwater is available for free trial usage from today through February 1. For more availability and subscription pricing information visit Impact Infrastructure’s AutoCASE website at www.autocase.com.
About Impact Infrastructure, Inc. (www.ImpactInfrastructure.com) is a New York City based independent third party provider of infrastructure performance data. The firm has concentrated on business case analysis for infrastructure and public building projects and is at the center of efforts to create standard analytical metrics and tools for project valuation.
AutoCASE is a registered trademark of Impact Infrastructure. Autodesk, AutoCAD, and Civil 3D are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.
Impact Infrastructure was founded in March 2012 and has offices in Manhattan and Toronto's Annex at the Centre for Social Innovation. The company’s primary goal is to create a standardized suite of business case analysis tools to promote the development of more sustainable and resilient communities. The Impact Infrastructure team of professionals have played leadership roles in infrastructure development and consulting, project development, delivery and financing, economics, and Sustainable Return on Investment analysis (SROI). Impact Infrastructure's AutoCASEÂ® software automates business case analysis for infrastructure projects. The cloud-based solution plugs into engineering, architecture, and design software and uses design information to quantify the financial, economic, social, and environmental value of projects. This information can be used so that a diverse range of stakeholders can answer the most important question: â€œWhat’s in it for me?â€ AutoCASE's benefits include reduced stakeholder pushback, quicker project approval, and the building of more sustainable and resilient communities.
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