Ramboll are making computational design a core part of the way we approach all kinds of engineering problems and are spreading its use far beyond the small specialist projects on which it has most typically been employed. By developing and using an interconnected network of bespoke computational design tools which we can rapidly adapt to suit project needs we have been able to greatly improve our rate of design iteration and find new ways of engaging with and empowering our clients. The applications range from streamlined methodologies to perform core and foundation analysis to custom interactive dashboards and design tools to provide instantaneous live feedback on design variations. A major focus of current development is Dynamic Masterplanning, a generative design platform with embedded engineering intelligence. This enables the rapid generation and evaluation of project-specific massing options, through which we can appraise site value and provide key design input at an early stage. This talk will discuss these developments and describe the value this philosophy has brought on real projects.
Paul Jeffries is a Chartered Engineer and Computational Design specialist with ten years of experience, particularly on projects involving unusual and innovative structural forms. As Computational Design Lead at Ramboll he is responsible for pushing forward the use of the computer as a design tool. He is passionate about leveraging computing power to enable new and more efficient approaches to design and to that end both develops custom design technology and applies it to solve real design problems. He is a recognised expert in the field, teaching courses on the subject at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Imperial College London and The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.