Communicating in new ways on community projects

Civil & Surveying

Infraworks Model


Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative (The Collaborative) is a not for-profit organization in Boston consisting of three community development corporations (CDCs) that promotes and supports sustainable community development along a nine-mile commuter rail section through some of the city’s most impoverished minority neighborhoods. The Collaborative seeks to enhance these communities by means of transit-oriented development, affordable housing and economic opportunities, streetscape improvements, and other residential amenities.

In the Talbot Norfolk Triangle (TNT) neighborhood, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC), one of the three Collaborative partners, is working to establish a neighborhood-scale eco-district focused on conserving energy through energy retrofits and energy-efficient, transit-oriented development. This effort involves two potential “green” designations—LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) and EcoDistricts Certification—as well as a traffic-calming pilot program in conjunction with the Boston Transportation Department.

The Collaborative typically relies on traditional maps and engineering drawings to present and communicate its projects, but people without a technical background may find it difficult to visualize the design proposals based on engineering plans, profiles, and cross-sections. The Collaborative is now using Autodesk® InfraWorks® 360 software to develop an intelligent 3D model of the TNT neighborhood and present preliminary design plans in the context of that community and surrounding areas.

Read more here: TNT Eco-district Case Study

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