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Improvement of Barrio 31 in Buenos Aires

Customer Challenge

The project with the Municipality of Buenos Aires was a public project with many stakeholders and time/budget constraints.

Barrio 31 was built without regulation, so measuring the site with traditional methods would have taken 4-6 months and a team of over 20 architects.

The first challenge was the lack of own resources, lack of technical knowledge, and technological resources in the corresponding entity.

It is a deprived neighborhood of the city of BS AS, with 6,500 homes in neighborhood 31, with security problems and very high infant mortality, so they  needed to be renovated and unified in such a way that the fronts of the facades are integrated. 

It needed to be executed in a short period of time, with tight time limits.

A laser scan was performed, Revit models of the houses were built, and a design enhancement was applied to existing condition models, using Autodesk products.

Project Goals

It consisted of the improvement of existing houses and the construction of new ones, the provision of definitive water, sewerage, electricity, gas and telephone facilities; the transformation of public space with the opening of streets, squares and parks; as well as the rehabilitation and construction of new community facilities (schools, libraries, health and sports centers). In this puzzle, Autodesk's AEC BIM, software, and reality capture services fit into the external improvement of existing processes.


This project was possible thanks to the implementation of BIM together with a team of highly proactive people with great leadership, automated processes and good teamwork. Otherwise, time constraints would not have allowed such a large amount of work to be delivered (improvements were fully designed and documented in around 1100 homes).

Scanning was carried out in different ways, with tripod scaner and drone flight to have the best coverage since the buildings had more than one floor.

Once the point cloud was obtained, we processed it in Recap and went to 3D models with Autodesk Revit, obtaining the reality of the moment. 

From this, and with the objective model proposed by the client, we model 1 facha per day per person, using Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, Docs doing collaborative tasks and exchanging information with the client.

Business Outcome

The business results are: 
1) Reduced time with manual work and errors through automation, from 24 to 8 hours per package 
2) Quality assurance throughout the process with reduced 
quality control time 3) Reduced time on less important repetitive work to pay the team time to focus on more important design-oriented 
tasks 4) Improved documentation delivery time so that on-site work began without delays 
5) Consistency gained between team 
drawings 6) Improved design and criteria


Data is well organized in Autodesk Revit and Forge around projects and buildings, but use cases may expand beyond managing those datasets. Users don't care how data is structured; They need to see what they want when they want it. Our team worked a lot around product design, UX and UI.


Any automation done on workflows could save thousands of hours, so modeling, QA/QC tools, and documentation were developed and implemented across the 21-person team.


Barrio 31 is a low-income neighborhood, built organically by its owners, without following building and city codes. The entire neighborhood is being renovated with a loan from the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank).

This project was successful in implementing a technology that can effectively improve business outcomes and also transform reality for the better in contexts where it is not normally applied: a low-income emergency neighborhood in Latin America.

Project Summary

Delivery Date


Project Duration

15 days

Autodesk Solutions

  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection
  • BIM 360
  • Build
  • Docs
  • Forge
  • Navisworks
  • Revit
  • Forge
  • Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

Services Provided

  • BIM
  • 3D Scanning
  • Motion-Capture
  • Photogrammetry
  • Software Development & Customization
  • Installation
  • Configuration & Deployment
  • System & Software Maintenance
  • System Integration
  • Updates & Upgrades
  • Virtualization
  • Training
  • Animation
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Rendering
  • Virtual Reality (VR)

Customer Industry

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utilities & Telecommunications
  • Water & Wastewater
  • Design
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