Gaoh Energy, an ambitious start-up focused on a range of renewable energy sectors, is using Digital Prototyping software from Autodesk, Inc., to help deliver innovative solutions into the onshore and offshore wind markets and the tidal energy sector.
Gaoh Energy joined the Autodesk
Clean Tech Partner Program, which provides software for emerging clean tech
companies in North America, Europe, Japan and Singapore, on the recommendation
of Autodesk reseller, Micro Concepts, which provides its IT support. Since
joining the program, in November 2010, the company has been using AutoCAD and increasingly making use
of the Autodesk Product Design Suite, including Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk
Showcase. It uses the Autodesk software in particular to provide design and
engineering solutions to clients developing wind farms and demonstration
The ability to carry out 3D modelling using the Product Design
Suite and Autodesk Inventor, in particular, has been a major benefit,” says Phil
Ellis, senior planner, Gaoh Energy. “Using it means we can take more work
in-house which we would otherwise have had to outsource to engineers or
Gaoh has also used the 3D visualisation
capabilities of Autodesk Showcase extensively, to communicate design intent
effectively to customers and prospects. It projects designs, visualised in
Showcase, onto interactive whiteboards, helping to achieve consensus on the way
in which designs should be taken forward in projects.
“We have had
excellent feedback on Showcase from all of our design users at Gaoh Energy,”
adds Ellis. “They report that it has enhanced the decision-making process and
added greatly to customer satisfaction.”
In addition to developing and
installing its own renewable energy sites, Gaoh Energy also uses the Autodesk
software solutions to provide design and engineering consultancy to clients
across the renewable energy sectors.
“We have achieved extensive benefits
from being part of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program,” continues Ellis.
“It is a great scheme for start-ups as it provides them with an excellent way to
get up and running with design without needing to make a major investment in
design software upfront.
“We have plans to double the size of the
business in line with the dynamic growth in the sector and being part of the
Clean Tech Partner Program should help us to achieve this,” he
Erwin Burth, business development manager for Clean Tech at
Autodesk, says, “one of the great benefits of the Clean Tech Partner Program for
early stage clean technology companies like Gaoh Energy is that it allows them
to accelerate the development of solutions for pressing environmental challenges
without being hampered from doing so by the need to make significant upfront
capital investment in design software.”
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