Custom Tool Building
The running joke in our industry is when Revit doesn’t do something we say “well, maybe in the next release”. We are in an amazing time where you are not at the mercy of what Autodesk deems as release worthy. With a little help from Dynamo you can create your own tools! What is Dynamo? Dynamo is graphical algorithm editor with a slick user interface making scripting sexy. In this example I can flex my parametric vehicular canopy on the right using my dynamo script on the left.
You can also create more practical applications like executing BOMA or doing code analysis with Dynamo.
Next, we come to “option engineering” using Autodesk Project Fractal. Project Fractal gives us the ability to create multiple design iterations very intuitively using their web based user interface. Set constraints like shading percentage, panel rotation, and number of panels. You should know that under the hood of Project Fractal, it is Dynamo. Recognizing a common theme here? Yeah, Dynamo is kind of a big deal.
There are other tools that are emerging as well that are at the cusp of what I am calling AI BIM (Artificial Intelligence BIM) or what the industry is calling “Generative Design”. This is where the computer designs the building for you based on a set of constraints, i.e. thermal performance, daylighting analysis, and structural capacity.
All that to say, if you thought you were done when Revit arrived, think again. There are some amazing technologies coming down the pipeline.
About the Author:
Bill Allen is a Partner & Managing Principal at EvolveLAB, a Computational Design & BIM Consulting firm helping firms with their BIM Adoption and BIM Advancement needs. Bill has been helping firms with their transition to BIM for the last 8 year. If you would like to know more about Bill Allen or how EvolveLAB could help your firm out, you can visit him at www.evolvebim.com