The BUILD panel, moderated by Autodesk Senior Director, Rick Rundell, will review snapshots of applied research within the context of Architecture Engineering and Construction Industries followed by an extended discussion surrounding such topics. By positioning Reality Computing technologies (UAV’s, 3D Scanning, and reality capture); Construction Automation (3D Printing and Design Robotics); Automated Computational Workflows (Dynamo driven structural optimization-to robotic fabrication); and integrated building control systems through Physical Computing the discussion will frame the state of the art with the goal of understanding the critical interrelationships that will be required during the next ten years of research and development.
Four perspectives, each representing disparate aspects of AEC research, will be presented. First, Gustav Fagerstrom, Senior Technical Design at the global engineering firm BuroHappold, will present a series of Drone-based reality capture experiments using Autodesk’s ReCap that focus on the gathering, analysis, and three dimensional visualization of complex data from existing urban contexts. Nick Cote, a Design Roboticist at Autodesk’s Pier9 robotics research laboratory, will present a series of projects leveraging emerging computational workflows that link 3D design space, performance optimization, and automated fabrication through Design Robotics. Nathan King, DDes, BUILD Programs Manager, will present the contemporary context of automation in AEC industries through the lens of Robotics and Additive Manufacturing. Finally, Andy Payne, DDes, Principal Research Engineer at Autodesk, will discuss the potential of intelligent building control systems to meet the multifaceted demands of user satisfaction and performance thus allowing the built environment to sense, respond, and adapt over time.
The panel is suited for industry professionals (Designers, Engineers, and Builders) but also relevant to technologists, software developers, and all those interested in the creation and application of design and building technology.
Rick Rundell is a Technology and Innovation Strategist and Senior Director at Autodesk, where his roles have included launching building information modeling (BIM), introducing conceptual building design tools, and launching new applications for construction. Rick joined Autodesk in 2002 with the acquisition of Revit Technology Corporation, where he was director of product marketing. Rick created and leads the Autodesk Startups-in-Residence (STIR) program, an incubator offering free space and support to selected startups out of Autodesk's Waltham offices, and is now leading the development of the Autodesk BUILD Space, a 30,000sf innovation lab and workshop for research in advanced digital fabrication in the AEC industry. An experienced registered architect as well as a high-tech executive, Rick holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University and a B.A in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College.
Nick received his Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 2015, where he also studied Printmaking and Illustration. His training in robotics comes from coursework, assistantships, and research positions concerned with robotics in art and design. He has been a Design Robotics Researcher at Autodesk since June, 2015.
Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and associate with BuroHappold Engineering New York where he leads the structural Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Advanced Modeling Team. Specializing in design computation, he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering, and computer science. He has experience in all stages of projects in over 10 different countries, having practiced architecture with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and UNStudio. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and presented at Autodesk University, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research (CAADRIA) conference, the ACADIA conference, the FABRICATE conference, and the SmartGeometry conference. Frequently engaging with academia, he has sat on design juries, and given workshops and lectures at University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
Nathan King is a founding member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Design Robotics Group, where his investigation involves strategic process intervention and development with a particular focus on design robotics and additive manufacturing technologies. Nathan holds an appointment at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, and he has taught at Rhode Island School of Design where he is the co-founding director of the Glass Robotics Lab, and at the Harvard GSD. Nathan has co-authored forthcoming books on material systems and advanced design technologies, lectured extensively on related topics, and developed a variety of international workshops, research activities, and design initiatives. Professionally, Nathan is the director of research at MASS Design Group; acting programs manager for the emerging Autodesk, Inc., BUILD space; and he has consulted on the development of design robotics laboratories worldwide.
With the new Structural Analysis package for Dynamo software, you may optimize your existing structural workflows or invent some way of doing things. This lab will teach participants how to create structural model inside Robot Structural Analysis software using Dynamo software workflows, and how to set up the calculations model using dedicated nodes and run the computation. To complete the process, you will also learn how to interpret results to build optimized structural systems.
The technology and tools for computational design in the built environment have never been more powerful or progressive. To complement their specific discipline knowledge, the current and next generation of designers and engineers entering the global workforce are armed with skills ranging from sketching to programming to Building Information Modeling (BIM). As buildings have grown in complexity so too has the power and ubiquity of simulation tools used by different specialist disciplines, with information and processes getting more disconnected up until data is transferred to a common format for delivery. It is time to shift focus away from data toward the spaces between the data. By extrapolating recent innovations in structural engineering processes—such as real-time feedback and gesture-based simulation using Robot Structural Analysis software—we will explore the possibilities of multidisciplinary building simulation using visual programming applications such as Dynamo software to control Revit software and other packages.
In the world of structural engineering, we are challenged to make several structural analysis models, to find the best solution, and to be leaders in economic structure design. Robot Structural Analysis and Revit Structure are great solutions that help us with this. This class will show you a whole new way of analyzing your structures. Learn how you can catch the architectural design and add behavior and rules to the structural design in Revit and Robot Structural Analysis in the less time. You will discover how to apply computational design with Dynamo in Robot Structural Analysis Professional. You will also learn how to apply structural optimization techniques to your analysis models in Robot Structural Analysis with Dynamo. Finally, this will lead you to an introduction into the world of genetic algorithms.
With the integration of hand sketching into the digital workflow, we are no longer bound to the finite limitations of our tools. Step through an integrated design process, utilizing laptops and iPads in conjunction with SketchBook Pro software, FormIt software, Fusion 360 software, Revit software, and Dynamo visual programming language extension. In this course, learn how to integrate and capitalize on the power of design sketching in fluid conjunction with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) model. Learn how to utilize SketchBook Pro in the IOS/iPad to create initial sketch concept(s) and import into FormIt software as background for underlay and development of design into a 3D massing model. Develop the massing model utilizing cloud-based FormIt software in conjunction with further overlays and sketching in SketchBook Pro on a pen/tablet interface. Utilize FormIt conceptual energy modeling to orient and refine the initial design concept. Using Autodesk 360 cloud-computing platform and Revit Model software within the massing environment, models and concepts are shared with the Production Team and distributed to the contractor/owner teams.
Are you a Revit MEP software user who feels left behind in the development of Dynamo software? Well, not so fast! You can use Dynamo software to help expedite many common MEP workflows. The Dynamo extension is a program that uses visual programming, so you don’t have to worry about trying to learn difficult programming languages. In this class you’ll get to know the basics of Dynamo software and how it interacts with Revit software. We will also cover several examples where you can use Dynamo software to save time during the MEP design process. This lecture is ideal for Revit MEP software users who want to see what Dynamo software can do. Even better, no programming experience is required! Afterward, you will be able to implement Dynamo software immediately.
People often associate Dynamo software with designing complex parametric geometry; but Dynamo software is not just a tool for creating funky shapes, it’s a whiz at processing all kinds of data. This class will demonstrate various examples of how Dynamo software has been applied to common MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineering tasks to make them more efficient or more accurate. We will cover linking Revit Space naming utility information to Revit software families, using Dynamo software as an engine for MEP calculations, using Dynamo software to give you visual feedback on how hard equipment is being asked to work in your design, and using Microsoft Excel as a source of data for much of the above. You also needn't worry if you are completely new to Dynamo software (most MEP folk will be), as we will cover enough basics to get you going before we dive into the advanced stuff.
Japanese firm Nihon Sekkei has utilized Revit MEP throughout the entire design (schematic and detailed design) and quantity survey phases of projects their office has undertaken. In Japan, BIM hasn’t typically been used for MEP design, but more commonly for 3D modeling and services coordination. To ensure success, Nihon Sekkei established a BIM based workflow using several means; first, Dynamo based parametric design to coordinate space and family information, which aided automatic design activities and helped engineers make more informed decisions; second, they employed custom Revit MEP tools to calculate the heat load and automatically size pipe to Japanese industry standards; and lastly, a custom Revit quantity survey plug-in, that leveraged the Revit MEP model. In Japan, quantity surveys for public buildings are produced by the design firm. To automate this process and shorten the time taken to deliver these documents, Nihon Sekkei developed a custom Revit plug-in, and added information systematically to each element to ensure outputs would meet local Japanese regulations. In this class, Nihon Sekkei team members provide an overview of their approach, including the use of Revit MEP and Dynamo for design related activities.
Generative design is a design method in which the output is generated by a set of rules or an algorithm. It is based on parametric modeling and it is a fast method of exploring design possibilities. Dynamo is a generative design application equipped with a user friendly interface based on Visual Programming. It’s a language which provides users ability to create geometry through scripts without any deep programming knowledge and experience. It allows designers and engineers to create geometry relationships based on rules and logic rather than traditional sculpting/push-pull manipulations and allows to generate geometry which normally would be very time consuming. This session will focus on some aspects of the generative design focused on detail modelling based on surfaces and geometry (complex and irregular 3d patterns, random geometry and fractal geometry) and show how these designs can be integrated into Alias and Alias SpeedForm models.
Integrated cross-disciplinary engineering requires integrated modeling. In turn, this necessitates a computational environment that promotes automation and facilitates collaboration and interoperability. At BuroHappold Engineering, Revit software is the principal Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, used across the organization for model coordination and deliverable production. Based on this, BuroHappold has developed global protocols for interdisciplinary collaboration, information exchange, and retention and reusability of computational knowledge. Drawing on the Revit software database, a visual programming environment such as the Dynamo extension platform can act as conduit and integrator between modeling, analysis, and production. We can use Dynamo extension’s built-in package manager in conjunction with resources such as a company intranet for dissemination of workflows as well as for version and dependency tracking. The effectiveness of such sharing of computational protocols and standards is a major component for collaboration in design practice.
As a sequel to last year's Great Dynamo Dig, this class will demonstrate new concepts that will help you creatively capitalize on your Revit software data with the Dynamo visual programming language extension. Dynamo extension enables users with powerful data-mining capabilities through a graphical user interface. These capabilities, once only available to Revit software’s API experts, have made it easier to get to your Revit software data, to manipulate it, and to stream it to many external sources. The class will introduce key concepts for accessing, formatting, and sharing Revit software model data using Dynamo extension and packages such as LunchBox and Slingshot.
<p>Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Dynamo visual programming language extension for Revit software but thought it wasn’t for you? This lecture will describe the uses of the Dynamo extension and explain how it interacts with Revit software to help any Revit user. The Dynamo extension is a program that uses visual programming, but don't be scared. This lecture will teach attendees how to use the Dynamo extension even if they have no prior programming experience. This lecture will also give attendees very gradual doses of the Dynamo extension and visual programming so that they leave with the skills to apply the Dynamo extension to practical Revit software workflows. And don't forget that the Dynamo extension is an add-on to Revit.<br>
Moving designs from conceptual modelers into Revit software for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and documentation has been a thorn in the side of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry for years, requiring specialist knowledge or just plain black magic. With the development of the Rhynamo package for Dynamo visual programming language extension (Revit's computational design plug-in), interoperability and model round tripping have never been easier. These case studies will discuss the various successes and pitfalls of how the Woods Bagot Design Technology Team have used a Dynamo-plus-Rhynamo workflow on several globally significant AEC projects over the past year, and emphasize the importance of being able to simultaneously design, document, and deliver at any stage of the project.