For instance, energy analysis came to computational programming via Dynamo.
Autodesk Labs rolled out 5 new sustainable design apps:
- The Solar Radiation add-in for Revit
- Energy Cost Range (ECR), a single, simple indicator of a project’s overall potential energy use range
- Project ECMFin, conduct financial analyses on desired energy conservation measures (or ECMs)
- EnergyPlus Cloud Service, process EnergyPlus models 5x-10x faster than desktop processing
- Project Rosenfeld, quickly capture existing building conditions and create 3D models for energy analysis
Also, CASE announced a research project they initiated, BLDG 2.0. Inspired by the principles of mass collaboration and collective intelligence, BLDG 2.0 seeks to fill the void between design intent and verified building performance by providing an open-source analytical interface to building performance databases, a collaborative community of experts, and an online marketplace for ideas emphasizing building energy performance and open innovation.
Perhaps most exciting of all, Google set out to automate the A/E/C industry. Before I go into details on this one though, allow me to share a related personal story.
In the late 1990's, I read an op/ed piece by the editor of MicroStation Manager magazine. It was about a new Internet search site named, you guessed it, Google. The editor, whose name I've long since forgotten. opined that this. was going to change. EVERYTHING.
I checked out the Google site, saw the now iconic sparse page design – the single search field surrounded by a sea of white – and exclaimed, out loud, at work, "Who gives a [expletive]?!?! And what the [expletive] is an article on an entirely unrelated piece of technology doing in MicroStation Manager magazine?!?!"
Until now I've only resented the editor's foresight because, in my imagination, he's retired and sitting on a tropical beach in a chair made of cash. Now I resent him even more on the grounds that he may truly have had the gift of foresight – because now Flux, the first startup company to spin out of Google[x], the research moonshot lab and incubator at Google dedicated to projects such as the driverless car and Google glass, has set out to automate the AEC industry by creating "seed" buildings that take on different forms and characteristics depending upon where they're "planted" in the urban built environment.
I've long thought that BIM was not the end state of building design technology (regardless of what the marketing folks tell us, BIM as a technology is really just better CAD – lots better, but still...) One of the most interesting questions to me has been, what's next? I've long thought it to be computational design ala GenerativeComponents, Grasshopper and, now, Dynamo. I think I was right, but I wasn't forward thinking enough. Google, however, was.
There's a fantastic article about Flux and their efforts to automate the A/E/C industry here.
How to close an article that touches on so many exciting developments rolled out or announced in just the past week? Being from Seattle, I can only think of one of the signature calls of the late great Hall of Fame Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus, "My oh my!"
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— Autodesk Labs Scott (@scottsh115) October 29, 2014
BLDG 2.0 Crowd-Sourced Building Performance by @case_inc - things are starting to get really interesting http://t.co/QPBi7M0tLb #loveBIM
— Jason Howden (@RTVTools) October 29, 2014
Project EnergyPlus Cloud Now Available on Autodesk Labs http://t.co/zOpmJHHOqX #autodesklabs
— Autodesk Labs Scott (@scottsh115) October 28, 2014
Sneak Peek of Project Energy Cost Range Available on Autodesk Labs http://t.co/Eblzk4S7H5 #autodesklabs
— Autodesk Labs Scott (@scottsh115) October 27, 2014
Google’s BIM-busting App for Design and Construction | BIM + Integrated Design #bringiton http://t.co/ado3BIXPmm
— Jason Howden (@RTVTools) October 26, 2014
Energy Analysis for Dynamo is ready for action! Get the open beta release today: http://t.co/4axUfWn1Tl pic.twitter.com/xNTLeIdyxu
— Autodesk Revit (@AutodeskRevit) October 24, 2014
Five new sustainable design & finance apps on #AutodeskLabs unveiled today at #Greenbuild2014 http://t.co/yCCi18OJNB pic.twitter.com/j5aXTuOtPD
— Autodesk Revit (@AutodeskRevit) October 22, 2014