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 more than that.


There are many indications that the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is ripe for disruption. Flat labor productivity, a growing global population, and a tough labor marketplace for AEC are just a few indicators that we, as an industry, are experiencing significant changes on both the demand and supply side of our marketplace. We have been designing, engineering, and building our world in ways that have become more sophisticated, but our industry has yet to be significantly disrupted.

Who will disrupt AEC?

We think disruption will come from within. The AEC industry is huge – $1 trillion in the United States and $8 trillion worldwide. The odds that one company will find the "magic bullet" that will disrupt the core business of AEC in a way that affects the whole marketplace is unlikely; the AEC marketplace is too reliant on human systems for an outside force to quickly disrupt our core businesses. The disruption story for AEC, we think, will look like this: Individual companies will learn how to dominate their regional and vertical markets using a common formula of people-driven tech and human-centered automation.

Why is this important?

Tools like Dynamo will fuel this disruption. Dynamo is a visual programming language for AEC. It allows organizations to create custom tools that automate the CAD and building information modeling (BIM) workflows that they use every day. All AEC organizations are people constrained – we rely on people for judgment, experience, and skills to do the work. This is most obvious in the practice of our core business – how we make models, drawings, and construction planning documents. We've talked in the past about how great companies are powered by software,  and each firm is an expert in their market. Dynamo enables these localized, specialized workflows to be improved, scaled, and deployed. Dynamo will fuel disruption in AEC because it is human-centered automation – it scales what you do, makes you more competitive, and builds tools that you control.

Why BuildingSP?

Your core business is in AEC. Our core business is the intersection of BIM and software development. You need us to help you develop tools for your specialty. BuildingSP is part of a growing, vibrant ecosystem that will help companies make this move. Our recent integration of algorithms for clash-free auto-routing of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems is our first example of how we add value. AEC firms are experts in their workflows and now you can build your own clash-free auto-routing workflows. Expect additional integrations so you can create your own hanger, seismic support, and laser scanning tool sets. We're also available to work directly with firms to understand, develop, and scale their own solutions. 

In summary, it's an exciting time to be a designer, engineer, or builder. New tools mean we can fundamentally change how we provide value to clients. As experts in what you already deliver, people-focused and human-centric solutions can change how you compete and scale your services, products, and brands. Get started today by downloading a trial, looking at our API documentation, or by contacting us at info@buildingsp.com.


Make sure to check out the work we’re doing in computational BIM and the automation of MEP modeling. BuildingSP is at the forefront of the application of generative design to AEC, and we look forward to better tools changing how we specify BIM on projects. You can contact us at info@buildingsp.com and follow us on Twitter.

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