Moving designs from conceptual modeling to documentation platforms has been a thorn in the side of AECO for years, often requiring specialist knowledge, bespoke tooling, workflow hacks, and a little bit of black magic. However, recent shifts in geometry exchange paradigms have made interoperable workflows more accessible to project teams. From the definition of limited Revit element categories via specialized Grasshopper add-ins, to the transfer of lower-level object types made possible by Dynamo and Rhynamo, to the dynamic exchange of any and all model data via Flux’s cloud-based service, interoperability has become more seamless than ever as an integral aspect of project delivery.

Interoperability is about more than just data exchange, it’s also about model accessibility. Recent examples of custom user interfaces for visual programming environments including the Grasshopper Remote Control Panel, Human UI, and the Dynamo Customizer exhibit a trend toward increasing users’ access to the model, no matter their computational skill, team role, or point at which they engage in the project. The presentation will conclude with the various successes and pitfalls of the Woods Bagot Global Design Technology Team’s integration of interoperable workflows on several globally significant projects over the past year, emphasizing the importance of being able to simultaneously design, document, and deliver at any stage of the project.

Brian Ringley – Design Technology Platform Specialist, Woods Bagot

Brian Ringley is a platform specialist on the Global Design Technology Team at Woods Bagot, where he leads efforts on computational workflows for model interoperability, environmental analysis, geometric rationalization, and architectural fabrication. Brian provides platform training, bespoke toolsets, and intensive support for Woods Bagot’s globally significant projects. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati, the City University of New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the AA Visiting School, and currently teaches courses on VR/gaming, parametric modeling, workflow convergence, and automated manufacturing at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program. Prior to Woods Bagot, he worked for R&Sie(n), Dellekamp Arquitectos, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Brian is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and, together with Zach Downey of FC Modular, runs the design technology education website and podcast Designalyze.

Interoperable Workflows for Synchronous Design and Documentation

Image courtesy of Andrew Heumann, NBBJ

Interoperable Workflows for Synchronous Design and Documentation

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

Image courtesy of Brian Ringley, Woods Bagot

http://www.woodsbagot.com/
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https://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/grad-arch-urban-design/
http://designalyze.com/