Generative design is the process of defining high-level goals and constraints and using the power of computation to automatically explore a wide design space and identify the best design options. While generative design applied for manufacturing is gaining more and more attention, its use for architectural space planning has been fairly explored. The layout for this year's Autodesk University exhibit hall was designed through the application of generative design, letting the main stakeholders discover a novel and high-performing design strategy. The class is an overview of the process behind the design of the exhibit hall, with technical and theoretical in-depth overviews of the generative design steps- generating the design space through a bespoke geometry system; evaluating each design through design goals; and evolving generations of designs through evolutionary computation. This session will feature Dynamo software, O2 (a custom optimization software), and Explorer-a web-based design space navigation tool.
The course targets architects, engineers, designers and any professional with interest in generative design for architecture.
Lorenzo Villaggi is a designer and research scientist at The Living, an Autodesk studio. His work focuses on generative design, new materials and novel forms of visualization. More recently he has been exploring space subdivision techniques for space planning problems as well as the quantification of spatial experience for generative workflows for architecture. Lorenzo graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with a Masters of Architecture where he has taught a graduate seminar and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. He has worked on several architectural projects including the new Autodesk offices at MaRS and the Laboratory for Embodied Computation in Princeton campus. His work has been exhibited in internationally renowned venues including the Chicago Biennial, the World Leadership Forum in Davos, the Milan Design Week, the MoMA and the New Museum. Lorenzo lives and works in New York City.
Danil Nagy is a Lead Designer and Principal Research Scientist with The Living group within Autodesk Research in New York City. His work and research focuses on computational design, generative geometry, advanced fabrication, machine learning, and data visualization.Danil was project manager of the Hy-Fi installation at the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Queens, New York, and is the design lead on the long-term collaboration between Autodesk and Airbus, including the Bionic Partition project. Danil has spoken and presented work at a variety of conferences and venues, including the Design Modelling Symposium, Biofabricate, Techonomy:Bio, and SIGGRAPH.
FormIt software connects 3 elements of the early design process that are relevant to every project: contextual information, building performance simulation, and parametric modification. Learning to connect these pieces quickly and efficiently in the architectural, 3D sketch style environment of FormIt enables quick design iteration opening new modes of design thinking. This session will illustrate a process that we're teaching architecture design students: First, how to quickly build design context (both from data acquisition sites like Flux and the creation of custom models) of buildings and topography. Second, how to develop predesign simulations to inform decisions and create a baseline standard for building performance. And finally, how to develop formal strategies by using parametric processes with Dynamo software connecting design ideas and simulation data. In closing, the session will cover predesign visualization beyond FormIt, pushing the file to fabrication (3D printing and computer numerical control) and virtual reality.
Adaptive components and advanced mass-modelling tools have been implemented in Revit since 2009 but are still ignored by many architectural practices assuming that Revit is a mere BIM tool for the detailed design phase. In this class, you will experience the potential of Revit for practical early stage design through a real case study: the A1 building in the new Baoshan Park in Shanghai, the landmark of the whole urban development. We will go through the design process used to manage the design of the complex shape and of the advanced façade. You will learn how we managed the design merely inside the Revit environment with massing, divided surfaces, surface patterns, and adaptive components. You will then learn how the same model could be created using Dynamo visual programming. Finally, you will experience how to create enhanced curtain panels with embedded sun-shading using Dynamo and Radiance. This class will demonstrate simple workflows in Dynamo, Python, and Revit.
The new home for the Seattle Opera is set on a prominent civic corner just blocks away from the Space Needle, and was driven by a mission: to engage the community with the creativity and drama of making opera. The main concept for the building's façade to act as a theatrical "scrim" prompted the team to use a parameter-driven process. Learn how the team used design computation from concept to construction, using visual programming in Grasshopper software and Dynamo software, and implementing an interoperability workflow using flux to automate a series of Revit adaptive components. Computational iterations early on established a foundation for what would evolve into a powerful user-driven toolset, with parameters built in at multiple scales-from controlling the overall formal geometry, to instantiating different connection types at individual panels.
Dynamic shifts have emerged in the digital realm of building design and physical methods of off-site fabrication. Buildings are increasingly manufactured/assembled rather than constructed/crafted. This class will present these digital procedures for modelling buildings in Revit whilst simultaneously assembling and managing your building components through Dynamo and into Inventor for fabrication. This entails navigating a hierarchy of linked/nested Revit models, families, and formulas; aligning the design BIM with detailed fabrication models in Inventor. Dynamo will be applied as a tool to automate, annotate, and design the building layout with assembled components. Orchestrate the building model, drawing sets, and work instructions in Revit alongside Dynamo to lay out building components, visualise building data, component relationships, and simultaneously assemble Revit components for building site context, component assembly in factory layout, and final modules in transportation.
Whether you are looking for a BIM Manager or want a job as a BIM Manager, but you have no idea where to start - This class is for you. Without a doubt, BIM management requires an extremely diverse set of management skills and toolsets. This roll is often called upon to provide tips, tricks, technologies, tools, and strategies to better manage the company's BIM environment. A BIM Manager needs to have the ability to tackle problem identification, problem solving, user motivation, senior management support, budgeting, training program justification, objection handling and more. I hope that this class will give you a few insights and resources to help you hire the BIM Manager you need or give you the resources to be the best BIM Manager possible.
In this class, we'll understand how to use Dynamo software to perform daily activities from a Mechanical and Electrical contractor point of view-starting from simple parameters mirroring and going to more-advanced techniques, including the use of Python scripting. The requirement of a LOD400 model for 34 kilometers of tunnel can be quite complex if you don't choose the right way. Starting from a simple Microsoft Excel file with the tunnel alignment, you'll be able to create a fully detailed design, including all the information useful for the facilities management system. Dynamo is the key when you've got to place thousands of elements based on rules and algorithms. This is a real-world applications in one of the most iconic rail projects in the Middle East
This presentation follows the 76 11th Avenue Towers project from concept through construction, tracking how designers adapted design and delivery tools over time to meet the particular demands of each project phase and each team's workflow culture. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Woods Bagot-the project's design architect and architect of record, respectively-entered into a collaborative design-assist process for the towers' facades that included owners, contractors, engineers, and fabricators. This close collaboration on the design and delivery of a geometrically complex signature building required significant attention to communication and collaboration processes, and was centered around an information-rich model that stakeholders could access as needed. Ultimately, this case study suggests the need for broader industry changes beyond technical workflow issues-such as improved integrated contracts and more expansive Building Information Modeling (BIM) execution plans.
This class will focus on how to create precast (PC) shop drawings and fabrication models within Revit software. Fabrication will be carried out using drawings, data created, and data extracted from live-model elements. As such, a very high level of detail and efficient data management is critical to the success of a PC project. Additionally, since rework and changes to the model can be destructive to the quality and efficiency of modeling, we'll discuss project workflows that minimize these risks. We'll show the general framework of the fabrication model, including the use of Revit parts and assemblies. We'll discuss strategies for intelligent family creation of connection families that will facilitate the erection and piece drawing creation processes. We'll also discuss how data can be extracted to support the production, delivery, and erection processes. Finally, we'll demonstrate the use of third-party tools by PTAC, AGACAD, and GRAITEC that can be used to enhance model authoring.
With Building Information Modeling (BIM), data now has the means to coalesce, become information, and be analyzed as never before. Data granularity and its volume achieved around BIM open the doors for the creation of a Google-like virtual model-based browser for the built environment. We utilize the combined design, construction, and operation know-how of TAV Construction and TAV Airports, based on innovative tools and technologies created for the built environment industry. Based on the success of the BIM-FM integration at the Medina Airport, we are expanding the use of BIM as a means to improve the operations of their investments. This effort has become a case study for us and for the industry in which several challenges have been addressed, opening the way for future possibilities. Using BIM as a platform to integrate existing digital infrastructure-such as computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and BMS/BAS software-enables better analytics, performance for operations, energy management, sustainability, business, and more.
Revit project setup is often undervalued and overlooked. Starting the life of your project off on the right foot is the most important step. So, what are all the steps that we can take to maximize our model's potential? Let's discuss all the ways to increase productivity through effective Building Information Modeling (BIM) management.
Currently there are many engineering software systems designed to efficiently evaluate different structural solutions and/or strategies for reinforced concrete buildings. However, turning the adopted solution into a full Revit model (including rebars in RC elements) is still a very time-consuming task that diminishes the efficiency obtained in the previous analysis/design phase. Native Revit tools for rebar detailing are helpful if structural elements are limited in number, but they lack the required efficiency when working in middle- to large-size projects. In this class, you'll see the challenges faced, and the workflow and solutions used to develop a Dynamo tool that communicates via API with the finite element analysis software CSI ETABS 2016. This tool automatically puts the reinforcement of different structural elements (such as regular and irregular walls, columns, and beams) into the Revit model.
Have you ever received a model and wondered what’s inside? Or questioned how the model was put together? Do you have issues with your model performance and don’t know where to start looking? We are not just talking about the geometry but the metadata and how the model has been put together. This session will look under the bonnet of the Revit model and assess the quality and suitability of the data so that a valid assessment can be made of what the model can be used for and if it is safe for you to integrate into your own data set. The session will discuss Quality Assurance and introduce a process/tool that utilizes Revit capabilities for management along with applications such as Autodesk Model Checker and Dynamo, accumulating into a report that details how compliant and suitable the model is.