Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SFDUG December 2016 Meeting

On Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00pm SFDUG welcomes Zach Kron to present latest features of Dynamo 1.2.





Presentation: What you need to know about Dynamo 1.2

Zach will discuss the new functionalities of Dynamo 1.2, like List Management, Revit Nodes, and Dynamo Player as well as new documentation and community building tools. We'll also discuss where Dynamo is headed in the near and long term, and projects that have branched out from the main Dynamo development.

This month's node is brought to you by the conditional statement "IF", presented by Cesar Escalante.

Speaker's Bio
Zach Kron is a senior product manager at Autodesk, focused on Dynamo. Since 2007 he has researched, strategized and helped implement parametric design tools and workflow. In addition to internal teaching and curriculum development at Autodesk, Zach has helped create and run workshops at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, Autodesk University, and many other venues. Before joining Autodesk, Zach worked as a designer in several Boston-area architectural offices on projects ranging in scale from furniture to bridges. He has more than 16 years of professional experience in design.

Food and refreshments provided by Ideate Inc.


Attending in person? Registration is required to gain access to the SCB office. Click here for the Eventbrite registration. Registration closes at 11:00am on the day of the event, no exceptions.
Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex 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: cesar.escalante@hok.com

SFDUG October 2016 Meeting Recording: Evaluating and Testing Design Strategies with Dynamo

Glenn Katz, educator at Stanford University and Rommy Joyce presented different techniques for evaluating and testing design strategies using Dynamo
Resources from the presentation can be found here: Dataset

Check out the full recording below




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

SFDUG October 2016 Meeting

On Wednesday, October 12 at 6:00pm SFDUG welcomes Stanford University to present innovative application of Dynamo in AEC education and research.

This month's meeting is brought to you by the node "Adaptive Component" presented by: Arman Hadilou, SCB Architects






Feature Presentation: Evaluating and Testing Design Strategies with Dynamo
Speakers:
Glenn Katz, Stanford University
Rommy Joyce, Bearington Studios


This Presentation will present diverse applications of Dynamo, a visual programming interface for Revit, demonstrating how students and researchers at Stanford are using it in innovative ways in their project work. Examples will include using Dynamo to:
  • Generate and analyze alternative site layouts and building massing schemes to test and evaluate the effectiveness of proposed urban planning strategies. This project illustrates a modular approach to building a robust system that allows researchers to easily replace or add new nodes to implement and test richer and more nuanced planning schemes and options.
  • Rapidly generate and evaluate parametrically-driven building forms, comparing design alternatives based on many criteria including their solar potential, predicted energy performance, and programmatic as well as economic measures. This project illustrates how Dynamo can automate the evaluation of design strategies using advanced analysis tools and extensions available within Revit.

Speakers Bios:

Glenn Katz is an educator at Stanford University with over 30 years of industry experience exploring the intersection of AEC, education, and design technology. He has developed many courses integrating BIM, building systems, parametric optimization, and sustainable design, and created Autodesk’s BIM Curriculum for AEC. He also publishes extensively through the BIMtopia website and YouTube channel, with over 7000 subscribers and 1.3 million views. He obtained his BS at MIT and MS at Stanford University.

Rommy Joyce recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford. Currently, she is working at Bearington Studios on a variety of projects at different scales of architecture design and supporting the design team to develop design ideas that implement innovative sustainable design practices.

Attending in person? Registration is required to gain access to the HOK office. Click here for the Eventbrite registration. Registration closes at 11:00am on the day of the event, no exceptions.
Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex 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: cesar.escalante@hok.com


Food courtesy of Ideate Inc.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SFDUG September 2016 Meeting

On Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00pm SFDUG welcomes Gensler to present about their work on the Dynamo front.

This month's meeting is brought to you by the node "Function.Apply" 






Feature Presentation: Connecting the Dots with Dynamo
Speakers:
Richard Schmitt, Thorton Tomasetti
Chris Melander, Gensler Baltimore
Jonathan Sandoval, Gensler Baltimore

This presentation will explore the applications of Dynamo, a visual programming interface for Revit, through project work. Examples will range from complex form generation/rationalization to deep data management.

Speakers Bios:

Richard Schmitt graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2009. He has worked at architecture firms in Italy and Washington DC. Now at Thornton Tomasetti, he supports project work as a BIM modeler and helps develop new and innovative workflows with TT's CORE Studio. 

Chris Melander, Gensler Baltimore

Jonathan Sandoval, Gensler Baltimore

Attending in person? Registration is required to gain access to the HOK office. Click here for the Eventbrite registration. Registration closes at 11:00am on the day of the event, no exceptions.
Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex 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: cesar.escalante@hok.com


Food courtesy of Ideate Inc.

SFDUG August 2016 Meeting Recording: Space Plan Generator

Subhajit Das, Georgia Tech PhD, Autodesk Intern discussed the Space Plan Generator, a project developed jointly with Georgia Tech and Perkins+Will. 

Resources from the presentation can be found here: Space Plan Generator

Check out the full recording below

Sunday, July 24, 2016

SFDUG August 2016 Meeting: Space Plan Generator + First Year Anniversary!

On Wednesday, August 10 at 6:00pm, SFDUG will celebrate its first anniversary hosting Subhajit Das, from Autodesk, who will present his recently launched tool for Dynamo, the Space Plan Generator, a project developed jointly with Georgia Tech and Perkins+Will. Stick around after the presentation for an extended social to commemorate the first year of our awesome local Dynamo community!

Note a change of venue for this session: This month's meeting will be hosted at Perkins+Will San Francisco - 2 Bryant Street Suite 300

This month's meeting is brought to you by the node "Project Fractal," presented by Jeremy Luebker, Perkins+Will. 





Educational Module: Recap of Dynamo at RTC 2016
Speaker: So Young Lee, Bar Architects


This year's session of RTC North America brought together the sharpest speakers sharing their latest developments and innovations on Design Technology. So Young will distill for us her take on the event and a summary of what was presented on the Dynamo front.

Feature Presentation: Space Plan Generator
Speaker: Subhajit Das, Georgia Tech PhD, Autodesk Intern

More often than not, architectural design is constrained by the pressures of tight deadlines and the difficulty in locating and applying the necessary expertise at just the right moment to a project. By combining algorithms (from computational geometry & generative design) implementing professional expertise with project requirements and conditions, Architects can foresee a new ear of augmented design decisions. Expanding the ability to rapidly evaluate many more possibilities than ever before to aid informed decision making at the early stages of a project. This 'Automated Space Plan Generator' project developed in Autodesk Dynamo visual programming environment, integrates site conditions, program requirements, and the expertise of Perkins+Will's health care planners to automate some aspect of the explicit and implicit knowledge base which can be reused across projects of different scale and genre. The system is further being tested to design a bed tower addition to an existing healthcare facility on a tightly constrained site, with client requirements to maximize final patient bed count and connectivity to the existing hospital, while complying with a new set of facility design guidelines and local building codes. 


Perkins+Will, Georgia Tech, and Autodesk are creating Space Plan Generator (SPG) - a method and tool to help design teams define program requirements, and semi-automatically generate and analyze large numbers of space plans. Developed on the highly adaptable and extensible Dynamo visual platform, SPG improves design exploration, performance integration and decision communication. 

Speakers Bios: 

Subhajit Das has diverse background in Architecture and Computer Science with degree in M Arch Design Computing, University of Pennsylvania and MS Computer Science, Georgia Tech. Previously he has worked with firms like Atkins, UNStudio, Mad Architects in USA and China bringing in expertise in advanced computational design and building information modeling. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in Computer Science at Georgia Tech with core interests in Machine Learning, Computational Graphics and Design Automation.

Attending in person? Registration is required to gain access to the Perkins+Will's office. Click here for the Eventbrite registration. Registration closes at 11:00am on the day of the event, no exceptions.



Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex 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: cesar.escalante@hok.com


Food courtesy of Ideate Inc., Perkins+Will, and dRofus

SFDUG July 2016 Meeting Recording: LadyBug: A Parametric Environmental Plugin for Dynamo

Mostapha Sedeghipour creator of Ladybug + Honeybee plugins discussed how these tools can help designers inform architectural design with sustainable design parameters. 

Resources from the presentation can be found here: Ladybug Github Files and July's node is here: CloudsRevbyColor

Check out the full recording below

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SFDUG July 2016 Meeting: LadyBug: A Parametric Environmental Plugin for Dynamo

On Wednesday, July 13 at 6:00pm, SFDUG welcomes Mostapha Sadeghipour, the creator of Ladybug + Honeybee plugins that help designers inform architectural design with sustainable design parameters.





Featured Presentation: LadyBug: A Parametric Environmental Plugin for Dynamo
Speaker: Mostapha Sadeghipour

Ladybug is an opensource environmental plugin for parametric design environment which assists in the creation of environmentally conscious building design.
Ladybug imports standard EnergyPlus Weather files (.EPW) into Dynamo and provides a variety of 3D interactive graphics to support the decision ­making process during the initial stages of design. The plugin also provides further support for designers as they test their initial design options with radiation,
sunlight ­hour, and shading analysis. Integration with parametric modeling interfaces allow for an almost instantaneous feedback and since the plugin runs within the design environment, the information and analysis are interactive.
Ladybug, which is originally developed for Grasshopper3D, is now available for both Grasshopper3D and DynamoBIM. In this presentation Mostapha Roudsari will present the latest features of Ladybug for Dynamo including the new Ladybug cross ­platform Application Programming Interface (API).

Speakers Bios:
Mostapha is the creator of Ladybug + Honeybee. Over the last few years, he has been dedicated to the integration of parametric environmental analysis and architectural design. He is currently works as adjunct professor of Environmental Building Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

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



Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex 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: cesar.escalante@hok.com

 
Food courtesy of Ideate Inc.
Beverages courtesy of dRofus

SFDUG June 2016 Meeting Recording: Using Dynamo for Digital Fabrication


Jeffrey McGrew from Because We Can discussed how to use Dynamo and Digital Fabrication to make great interiors, furniture, and art. He presented recently completed projects, showing off the open-source collection of Nodes called 'BecauseWeDynamo', and talked about his views on the future of Digital Fabrication, BIM, and Dynamo-based automation. 

June's meeting was brought to you by the  mystery node "LoopWhile." Cesar provided examples of the best us of this node. 

Resources from the presentation can be here: BecauseWeDynamo

Check out the full recording below

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SFDUG June 2016 Meeting: Using Dynamo for Digital Fabrication

On Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00pm, SFDUG welcomes Jeffrey McGrew from Because We Can. Jeffrey will discuss how to use Dynamo and Digital Fabrication to make great interiors, furniture, and art. 

This month's meeting is brought to you by the node "LoopWhile," be sure to bring your laptops to learn more.



Educational Hands-on Module: The Curious Case of the LoopWhile button 
Speaker: Cesar Escalante, HOK @VCDwhiz 


Usually referred as the "Mystery Node," the LoopWhile node has long remained a misunderstood node. Cesar will provide examples of how to make the best use of this node.

Feature Presentation: Using Dynamo for Digital Fabrication 
Speaker: Jeffrey McGrew, Because We Can @becausewecan 

Jeffrey will present a few of his recently completed projects, show off the open-source collection of Nodes called 'BecauseWeDynamo', and talk about his views on the future of Digital Fabrication, BIM, and Dynamo-based automation. 

Speakers Bios:
Jeffrey McGrew is a licensed architect in California. He has a background in business, architecture, technology, and construction. Since 2006, he has been the co-founder of the design-build studio Because We Can in Oakland, CA. An award-winning designer and public speaker, he loves to solve problems, generate ideas, and make great things for the people we work for. He also runs the technical side of the company, from computer code to building code, creating new ways of building via the combination of BIM and digital fabrication. Prior to founding Because We Can, Jeffrey worked for a number of prominent local architects, was a technical fabrication consultant, and has helped bring several physical and software products to market. In his non-existent spare time, he likes to experiment with CNC machines, create 3D models, make sculptures, brew beer and play games with friends.

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



Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex 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: cesar.escalante@hok.com

Food courtesy of Ideate Inc.

SFDUG May 2016 Meeting Recording: Revit Performance Analytics in Dynamo

David Baldacchino from HOK and Alexandra Bergin from Autodesk Enterprise Support presented examples using Dynamo to perform analytics on Revit models.  

May's meeting was brought to you by the node "List.Map." At the end of the meeting, Jeremy Luebker took an in-depth look at ways to use this node.

Resources from the presentation can be here: Revit Performance Analytics DYN files

Check out the full recording below

Friday, April 22, 2016

SFDUG May 2016 Meeting: Revit Performance Analytics in Dynamo


On Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00pm, SFDUG welcomes David Baldacchino from HOK and Alexandra Bergin from Autodesk Enterprise Support. Both presentations will focus on using Dynamo to perform analytics on your Revit models.  

This month's meeting is brought to you by the node "List.Map" by Jeremy Luebker. Be sure to bring your laptops to learn more after the presentations.



Educational Module: Clearance Testing with the Geometry.DoesIntersect Node.
Speaker: David Baldacchino, Firmwide Design Technology Manager, HOK @dourevit 

In this module, we will revisit the classic "Schwing" bridge example by Zach Kron and build in some collision-detection logic to ensure that pedestrians can cross over safely!

Feature Presentation: Revit Performance Analytics in Dynamo
Speaker: Alexandra Bergin, Autodesk Enterprise Support

Alexandra will present a series of Dynamo Graphs which demonstrate different ways to extract useful Revit project data for performance analysis. Examples include: Parsing Revit Journal FIles, Identifying Revit Family Origin, Comparing Loaded vs Placed Families and Identifying + Counting Imported and LInked CAD files.

Speakers Bios:
David Baldacchino is the Firmwide Design Technology Manager at HOK. He is the "Jack of all trades, master of none" poster child and occasionally dabbles in DYnamo to keep his brain muscles from rusting.

Alexandra Bergin works as a Premium Support Specialist for Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology at Autodesk in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining Autodesk, she worked as the BIM Manager for Balfour Beatty Construction in San Francisco and as a member of the Interoperability Team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where her research focused on data translation between architectural design authoring and building energy performance simulation tools.  

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

Attending via Webex? Click here to register for the Webex link prior to the meeting. Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. To view in other time zones, please click here. For assistance, you can contact Cesar Escalante at: cesar.escalante@hok.com

Food courtesy of Ideate Inc.
FAQs 
Where do I download Dynamo?  Dynamo comes preloaded on Revit 2015 & 2016.  You can also try for free or purchase the standalone version. To download go here: http://dynamobim.org/download/ 

Is there access to power and wifi at the venue? Guest WiFi is provided at HOK. There is a limited number of power outlets.  We recommend to bring a laptop charged to last 2-hours. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Using public transportation is the easiest way to get to HOK, right out of the Montgomery BART station. Underground parking available for a fee. Parking on the street is free after 6:00pm. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes. To have access to the venue, you must register and show your printed ticket along any form of identification to security at the front lobby desk. You will not be permitted to enter HOK offices without registration. Online registration closes at 11:00am on the day of the event, no exceptions.