Computational design enables architects to design parametrically, using visual programming to automate design processes and simulate, script, customize the parameters of, and generate design solutions—making it easier to explore ideas and innovate. Design practices big and small are turning to computational design to solve problems in new ways. Students with experience in computational design have a distinct advantage in their careers. Hear how Autodesk Dynamo is helping the next generation design structures and buildings and create using digital fabrication.
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Danelle Briscoe received her master of architecture degree from Yale University (2002) where she was awarded the Eero Saarinen Design Excellence Award. Her bachelor of architecture degree with honors (1995) is from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Her 10 years of work experience include designer at Frank Gehry Partners, LLP; designer at Marmol Radziner LLP (both in Los Angeles); and she did her UT residency at Centerbrook Architects and Planners (in Connecticut). She has exhibited work in Axis Gallery, Tokyo (2002); the 2004 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York; and the MAK Center in Los Angeles (2004); and she had a solo show at Objectspace in Auckland, New Zealand. In addition to numerous conference and journal publications, she has recently published her first book Beyond BIM: Architecture Information Modeling (Routledge 2015). Prior to her position as assistant professor at UT, Danelle held a tenured lecturer position for 4 years at Unitec School of Architecture in Auckland, New Zealand, and was also a visiting faculty member in 2009 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She works as a solo practitioner and is currently completing the renovation of an acupuncture clinic in Austin. Her research at UT is primarily engaged in material and digital fabrication research through information modeling.
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.