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.
Whether building for net zero or reducing building utility bills, distributed solar has become a common component of the modern design process. To consider photovoltaic, solar hot water, or passive solar from rooftop or remote panels, or to build integrated units in building design, designers need to understand solar-energy-generation potential as an integrated part of the design process. This class will show how to use built-in tools in Revit software and FormIt software to understand the potential of solar power from the very beginning of conceptual design, and to generate and analyze a complete solar design all the way to detailed panel layouts and efficiencies and their effects on overall building-energy performance. We will also show advanced processes using Dynamo solar analysis nodes to parameterize, automate, and optimize your solar power installation.
Industrial robots, when compared to computer numerical control (CNC) machines, are among the most universal devices, suitable for an extremely wide range of fabrication and construction processes. Commonly used in automotive production and other high-volume production settings, robots are now increasingly implemented in the production of architectural components, low-volume production environments, and academic settings. As the cost of hardware has dropped, a major obstacle has been the overly complicated programming environment. To overcome this a number of automated design-to-robotic fabrication tools have been developed, including the new integrated Dynamo workflow. This course will begin with a brief introduction to both the industrial robotic manipulator and the Dynamo interface leading to the development and simulation of robotic movements, ultimately linking Dynamo motion control to the physical 6-axis robotic manipulator.
<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>
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's becoming increasingly common for architectural projects to be developed using more than once piece of software, and plug-in developers are pressured to make sure their tools support these multiple platforms. Whether you're making a plug-in that's implemented in Revit software that you also want to use within Dynamo software, or you want to communicate with any other CAD- or vector-based application, one of the biggest hurdles you have to overcome is that different applications—even Revit software and Dynamo software—use different geometry libraries. This class will cover ways we have dealt with porting plug-ins to different formats using a custom geometry library and how that has also lent itself to enabling a more direct communication between applications.
This class will present how real-life architectural projects have used Dynamo Studio software to accelerate complex Building Information Modeling (BIM) challenges within Revit software and Navisworks software. This class will explain how Dynamo Studio software with PythonScript is the essential missing link in the BIM process. Attendees will also learn the improvements to the user interface upgrades in version 0.8 of Dynamo visual programming language extension and how to consolidate their coding using Code Blocks.
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.
<p>Extracting data from Revit software and changing existing data within Revit models is exactly what contractors need, and Dynamo software is perfect for these types of jobs. For example, if you want to determine the bottom and side areas of a ramp for formwork calculations, it’s easy to do in Dynamo software. Do you want to split up floor slabs based on pour joints? Or perhaps you need to export all those adaptive component points out to Microsoft Excel? Well, you can also do those tasks with Dynamo software. Take this class and you’ll learn how to create Dynamo software graphs to perform these and many other practical tasks that are perfect for your office. Design professionals are also welcome to attend this class. Dynamo software experience is not required but Revit software experience is required.</p>
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.<br/><br/>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.