Monday, February 12, 2018

SFDUG Feb 2018 | Computational Design in Practice For Complex and High-Rise Structures

On Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30pm SFDUG welcomes Joseph Provenza from WSP as our featured speaker.  This month's meeting will be hosted at the AIA San Francisco.

Feature Presentation:
Computational Design in Practice For Complex and High-Rise Structures | Joseph Provenza 

What started out as a toolset primarily employed by Architects a decade ago, visual programing tools have become pervasive in the AEC industry. Through case studies of various high profile projects around the globe, Joseph Provenza will demonstrate ways in which WSP is leveraging computational design tools in day to day practice for the optimization, automation and design of large scale projects. More interesting perhaps will be tracing the evolution from a sparsely utilized toolset reserved for addressing complex forms to one which has become fully embedded within day to day engineering
practice through the efforts of WSP’s Global Computational Design Group, WSPnext.

Joseph Provenza AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C is a Project Manager at WSP trained and licensed in both Architecture and Engineering. He is currently overseeing 3 million square feet of high profile projects at various stages of design and construction in New York City and leads WSP’s Global Computational Design Group, WSPnext. His 11 year tenure with WSP, a multinational engineering consultancy,  has been split amongst offices in NY, LA, SF and New Delhi.

Food and drinks sponsored by Ideate Inc.

Attending in person?  Get your tickets here.  Registration in person closes at noon on the day of the event. No exceptions. This month will be hosted at the AIA San Francisco

Attending on-line? Register to the free webcast here. GoToWebinar sponsored by GENSLER.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SFDUG Jan 2018 | Machine Learning and Computational Design Adoption

On Wednesday, January 24th at 12:00 pm SFDUG for our first meetup in 2018 we would like to start in the best way as possible, so welcomes two great presentations:

Educational Module: Methods of Computing Intelligence in Architecture
Join Mahmoud Abdelrahman for an introductory discussion of machine learning applied to design.  He will present an introduction to machine learning algorithms with some practical demonstrations.  You don’t need to be a computer scientist or even a master user for this meeting.

Featured Presentation: Building a Case for Computational Design Adoption
Join Jeremy Luebker for a discussion of the role of computation and automation in design. Learn how to make management understand how to actually implement computation in their projects and truly maximize the ROI for clients. Jeremy will explain how to create a shared understanding among staff members when adopting computational methods for the first time. Furthermore, he will discuss the importance of building a strong culture that supports computational design and how to measure implementation success.

Speakers's Bio:
Jeremy Luebker is a computational design specialist for Perkins + Will. He is currently working on an international transit project for which he is using Dynamo to create and document the free-form and complex structural elements in Revit. His expertise includes prototyping techniques, 3d printing and digital fabrication.

Mahmoud Abdelrahman works as a teaching and research assistant at the American University in Cairo. He is the creator of some Grasshopper plug-ins like Ant and Gh_CPython.

Attending in person? Click here for the Eventbrite registration.

Attending via GoToWebinar? Click here to register for the Go to Meeting link prior to the meeting. 

Food and spirits courtesy of Ideate Inc.

Monday, November 27, 2017

SFDUG Dec Meeting | Crazy fast, crazy flexible Revit queries

On Wednesday December 13th, at 6:00pm SFDUG celebrates the end of the year with Join Inc, a new San Francisco startup that applies artificial intelligence to building products and materials.
This meeting will be held at the AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter St 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Ever need to isolate elements that meet a particular and complex condition? Ever need to run QA to check overall model health or owner requirements? Tired of chaining List.Filters and wishing there was a faster way to extract data from models? Your faithful Join Retriever can help!

In this presentation we’ll run through a quick background on Join, highlight some of the computational design work we’re doing in the building enclosure and then dive into Join Retriever. Retriever supports our internal computational workflows, and we’re releasing it to the community packaged for Revit and for Dynamo. We’ll go through a number of examples, explain the basics of Join’s query language, and give a peek under the hood at how we’re interacting with the Revit API.

Andrew Zukoski is a software engineer with a background in design technology. He founded Join to use computational technology to bring manufacturer and fabrication information into earlier design stages. Before this he was a Director of Engineering at Flux, where he led the infrastructure and interoperability teams. He worked on 3D-printed medical devices at Bespoke Innovations and 3D Systems after studying electrical engineering and visual art at Rice University.

Food and spirits courtesy of Ideate Inc.

Attending in person?  Click here to register.  Registration closes at noon on the day of the event.

Attending online?  Click here to register to the live webcast.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

SFDUG | Nov is break time!

Dear Dynamites, SFDUG is taking a break on the month of November.  Most of the committee members are attending Autodesk University 2017, both as speakers and attendees. If you plan to attend this year,  meet and mingle with us at the AU DynaNight party! See you all there!

10pm – 12am
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Venetian

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SFDUG Sept 2017 | Beginner's Guide to Python for Dynamo

On Wednesday September 20th, at 6:00pm, SDFUG welcomes team SOM on a discussion about Python for Dynamo.
**Note that the venue for Sept meeting is HOK San Francisco, 1 Bush St 2nd Floor**

Join Danny Bentley and Dennis Eldridge for an introduction to the Python programming language with Dynamo. Python is a versatile language that can be used to develop anything from a simple script to complete applications. This is a great language to get started learning programming, because the syntax is simpler and more intuitive than other languages. Dynamo has matured, and many users have started implementing Python in their Dynamo definitions. You can now find many samples of Dynamo scripts using Python online. With some knowledge of Python syntax you will be able to develop your own custom scripts.

This presentation will introduce the basics of the Revit API used with Python. It will cover the syntax used by Python Nodes in Dynamo. We will have some basic demonstrations, and slowly walk through the code. You will begin to get an understanding of how Python is talking to both Revit and Dynamo. You don’t need to be a computer scientist or even a master Dynamo user. If you understand a bit of Dynamo and know Revit you should feel comfortable enough seeing the syntax.

Danny Bentley is a Structural BIM Technical Designer and Drafter at Skidmore Owing and Merrill. With a background in Industrial Design and Computer Science. He is also a Youtuber with channels for Dynamo with Python and Revit API. At SOM he develops applications through Dynamo, Python and the C# to help facilitate workflow when dealing with complex geometry.

Dennis Eldridge is a Digital Designer that is also works at Skidmore Owing and Merrill. He is a licensed architect, and has experience as a technical designer. At SOM he supports project teams in their use of digital tools, and helps develop firmwide standards. Additionally he develops tool in Javascript, Python, and C# to automate simple architectural tasks.
Food and drinks courtesy of Ideate Inc.

To attend the event in person, register here.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SFDUG 2nd Anniversary | Dynamo Implementation + Dynamo in Construction

On Tuesday August 29th, at 6:00pm SFDUG is proud to celebrate its 2nd Year Anniversary with two fantastic presentations. This month meeting will be hosted at the AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter St 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Featured Presentation:
Computational Design Increases Value to Project Managers & Designers | How to gain Buy-InRyan Cameron, DLR Group
Join Ryan Cameron and hear why project managers and designers may be reluctant or unable to use computation tools and what can be done to drive buy-in from these groups. Understand how computation leaders have identified needs and developed tools that will help designers with their work and how the perspective towards computational design has changed over time and influeced by the roll-out of tools for designers.

Ryan Cameron is leading computational design efforts at DLR Group that range in practice from data analysis, data strategy, parametric modeling and data-driven design. He is evidence based certified as well as a licensed architect in several states. He is a technology enthusiast and designer with degrees in architecture and engineering. He is very active in the AECO industry and you will find him on the many forums collaborating and discussing his creative passions. He is the co-founder of Data Streams, a building environment data analysis start-up venture and the CEO/Founder of Architect Machines, a digital asset management firm based in the Midwest.
Featured Presentation:Cost in Translation | Bridging the Gap Between Designers & Contractors
Kyle Martin, TBC
Having recently made a transition from architecture to construction, Kyle Martin will share ways that Dynamo is being used to better facilitate estimating, design validation, and coordination processes. Visual programming in conjunction with other middleware tools is improving translation between software platforms and project stakeholders. Using data and geometry already available in exchanged files is critical to maximizing efficiency and accuracy. Whether analyzing a Revit model, running a quantity take off, populating geometry for coordination, or assisting with a parametric approach early in a project, Kyle regularly uses Dynamo to uphold the delicate balance between design vision and construction reality.

Kyle Martin is a Virtual Design and Coordination Specialist at Tocci Building Companies where he focuses on digital model coordination and visualization. As a strong proponent of visual programming, he consistently develops tools for improved design intent translation, cost engineering, and process optimization. Martin is also an adjunct instructor of advanced AEC technology at the Boston Architectural College and founder of the Dynamo-litia Boston user group.
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Registration closes at noon on the day of the event.

Food + Snacks provided by Ideate Inc.
Spirits courtesy of dRofus

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SFDUG July Meeting | Flux

On Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00pm SFDUG welcomes team Flux on discussion about their new features and functions.

Educational Module: Reanimation Package
The reanimation package by Travis Williams is a small hidden jewel of powerful features. Join Cesar Escalante on a discussion of practical applications using this set of tools.

Featured Presentation: What's up with Flux? Extend your computational design workflows with flawless data exchange.
Who said the AEC industry wasn't innovative? Come and learn about exciting development from Flux, a company focused on developing data infrastructure for the tomorrow's built environment. Take your models and data to the next level using an integrated approach. You'll get to meet some of Flux's team members, view live demos and real-life use cased applicable to your day-to-day.

Speaker's Bios:
Thomas Trinelle is an Application Engineer at Flux, a San Francisco based company focused on developing data infrastructure for tomorrow's built environment. After a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics focused in Finite Element Modeling applications from Ecole Polytechnique, Thomas joined Stanford University for a graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering where he focused on applying digital tools & data-driven practices in the built environment leveraging optimization and machine learning algorithms. At Flux, Thomas works to bridge the gap between technology and building design within the AEC space. Inspired by the AEC industry, he is passionate about finding ways to push technology to revolutionize building-making. Working closely with clients & industry partners.

Attending in person? Registration is required to gain access to AIA San Francisco. Click here for the Eventbrite registration. Registration closes at 11:00am on the day of the event, no exceptions.

Attending online via GoToWebinar? Click here to register for the Go to Webinar link prior to the meeting. Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. For assistance, you can contact Cesar Escalante at:

Food courtesy of Ideate Inc.