Computational BIM

Using Dynamo for Equipment Management

Every project is unique and we need flexible tools to overcome complexity. One problem is we can't always control how data is given to us. Dynamo helps us bridge that gap! In this demonstration, we use Dynamo to populate and manage the medical equipment for a…

Clash Detection: It's Big Data

At BuildingSP, we've been working hard on two fronts – making better clash detection tools and creating tools that avoid clashes altogether. The drive to do this is our belief that clash detection is a process that takes too long and that it's a fundamentally…

Why ClashMEP is Important for BIM Today

Earlier in 2016, we posted about the ongoing challenge that we see with clash detection. The building information modeling (BIM) community responded enthusiastically to our views that there are inherent limitations in how we perform clash detection on today’s…

Computational Design: The Focus on Facades

In 2013, I was interested in attending a computational design conference. I looked over the agenda, speakers, and other details and I realized that other than one structural engineering company, no other design consultants were involved with this…

Why Dynamo by Autodesk Is Important for AEC

We recently integrated our work into Dynamo and we want to tell you why this is important. On the surface, you may think Dynamo is just a visual scripting language that simplifies API programming for the Revit platform. We're here to tell you why it's so much…

Using Dynamo & Project Fractal for Building Configuration

Generative design is real. Here's where I saw it being used and why I think it's exciting. I recently had the distinct pleasure of seeing fantastic generative design work by MT Højgaard (MTH). MTH is one of the largest general contractors in Denmark and has…

The Augmented Age of AEC & Smart Cars

A team from Ford conducted an amazing test this past week that speaks to the coming augmented age in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Using Lidar, a car was able to autonomously drive in complete darkness without headlights. It…

How Buildings Are Like Hair on Virtual Monsters

We recently read a CAD Digest article about a skyscraper project in Seoul, South Korea that used an innovative approach to computational modeling of building elements. The project, called the Lotte Super Tower, used a concept called "digital data models"…

Generative Design Solutions for MEP Systems

The AEC industry is at a critical juncture in history. Building information modeling (BIM), cloud computing, and the growing sophistication of our building products have created the perfect environment for a new era. This is "The Era of Connection," a…

Set-Based Approaches to MEP Systems Using Generative Design

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is at an exciting crossroads. I want to describe how lean construction is going to be an integral part of a significant new trend. The use of building information modeling (BIM) is mature. Cloud…

Football & Generative Design: Numbers, Speed & Winning

(Note: This post is about American football. We know there are more people in the world who watch the game that's also called "soccer" and we apologize for offending or confusing anyone with our terminology choices. We'll make it up to our global audience…

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