Thursday, May 3, 2018

SFDUG May 2018 | Reengineering Computational Design: The CORE Studio at Thornton Tomasetti

On May 16th at 6:00pm pst SFDUG welcomes Daniel Segraves, from Thornton Tomasetti Engineers, who will present some of his recent work with Dynamo.

Featured Presentation: 
Reengineering Computational Design: The CORE Studio at Thornton Tomasetti

Daniel Segraves, from Thornton Tomasetti Engineers – CORE Studio, will present recent work using Dynamo for a range of structural design applications. These include a variety of translation approaches, custom workflows, model repair and analysis tools, and production aids. CORE Studio is Thorton Tomasetti’s R&D incubator and advanced modeling group.
Daniel Segraves is a CORE studio Senior Computational Designer and works closely on tool development and research projects. He is a specialist in advanced modeling and computational design strategies, with expertise spanning a wide spectrum from architectural systems optimization to urban energy modeling. His work is widely published and he lectures frequently throughout the AEC community. Daniel’s background is in the design side of the field- before coming to Thornton Tomasetti he worked as a computational design specialist for OMA, SOM, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Gensler and others. He holds a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MArch from the Architectural Association of London.

Food and drinks provided by Ideate Inc.
Attending this meeting in person? Register to the event here
Attending this meeting online? Register to the live broadcast here.  Webcast technology courtesy of Gensler.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SFDUG Apr 2018 | The Making, Breaking and Fixing of Computational Design Superusers

On April 18th, at 6:30pm pst, SFDUG and the Bay Area welcomes Randy Deutsch, Director of Graduate Studies at University of Urbana-Champaign, to speak about the role that design technology superusers play in shaping the AEC Industry.

Featured Presentation: 
The Making, Breaking and Fixing of Computational Design Superusers
Randy Deutsch 

Architects and other design professionals learned to become computational designers primarily working with visual programming tools, addressing design generation, task automation, and everything between. With the advent of AI/ML upon us, a new model of computational designer will be needed. This high-level presentation explores the forces that are bringing about this change; how schools and firms are rising to meet the demand for computational specialists; and what it will mean to be a high-functioning computational designer – or superuser – in the not too distant future.
Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign teaching design, professional practice, building technology and digital technology. Randy has been an international keynote speaker, a design technology authority, Exec Ed program leader at Harvard GSD, and architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects. He has written for DesignIntelligence, has been featured in ARCHITECT Magazine and Architectural Record, and is the author of three books: Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017) on the nature of the ongoing convergence of technology and work processes; Data Driven Design and Construction: Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data (Wiley, 2015) on the innovative individuals and firms who are leveraging data to advance their practices; and, BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2011) tracking the social and organizational impacts of the new technologies and collaborative work processes, among other publications. His next book is, Superusers: An Architect’s Survival Guide to Technology Transformation (Routledge, 2019.)
Food and drinks provided by Ideate Inc.
Attending this meeting in person? Register to the event here
Attending this meeting online? Register to the live broadcast here.  Webcast technology courtesy of Gensler.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SFDUG Mar 2018 | AEC Hackaton 5.0 | Everyday Dynamo: Practical Uses for BIM Managers

On Wednesday March 14th, at 6:00pm PST, SFDUG welcomes Paul Wintour, our remote speaker connecting live from Australia, to speak about practical dynamo applications for BIM Managers.

Educational Module: Technology Disruptions at the Oakland AEC Hackathon 5.0
Speaker: Danny Bentley, SOM
Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning. These are some of the topics that resonated at the fifth edition of the AEC Hackathon in the Bay Area. Hear from Danny Bentley, SOM Technologist and Hackathon Veteran, what was the good, the bad, and the trendy at this annual event attended by dozens of local community technologists, sofware developers, and designers.
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.
Featured Presentation: Everyday Dynamo: Practical Uses for BIM Managers
Remote Speaker: Paul Wintour
There are many day-to-day laborious tasks that an Architect needs to perform. Whether it is sequentially renumbering doors or rooms, cleaning up the Revit model, or a host of other tasks, this presentation will demonstrate how to automate these processes so that you can spend more time on what you do best, design. By harnessing the power of the Dynamo Package Manager, the class will illustrate how to extend Revit's capabilities to maintain your Revit model. We'll cover how to automate: workset creation, renumbering rooms, renumbering doors, purging unused filters, adjusting a room's upper limit, controlling a view's underlay, creating unplaced rooms, and adjusting titleblock properties to name but a few.
Paul Wintour established Parametric Monkey in 2014with the aim to accelerate computational literacy within architectural design in order to transform the building industry. Since then, Parametric Monkey has grown to become a digital design consultancy which brings specialist architecture, BIM, computational design, and digital fabrication expertise to project owners, architects, contractors, developers, engineers and local governments. With a focus on interoperability and nimbleness, Parametric Monkey exists where building and technology intersect.
Paul is a registered architect in NSW and the UK and has worked extensively in Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and The Netherlands. Paul holds a MArch from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Laboratory. He has taught at the University of Technology Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Hong Kong, and the Architectural Association. Paul was also the original creator of the BVN Dynamo package.
Food and beverages courtesy of Ideate Inc.

Attending this meeting in person? Register to the event here
Attending this meeting online? Register to the live broadcast here.  Webcast technology courtesy of Gensler.

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