Friday, April 28, 2017

SFDUG May 2017 Meeting

On Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00pm SFDUG welcomes two speakers: Masoud Akbarzadeh from University of Pennsylvania to present use of computational geometry in structural design, and Steve DeWitt from Project Frog to present Dynamo's application in Frog Platform Builder .

Design the Force - Masoud Akbarzadeh
The talk will introduce a novel method of structural design which is developed by Masoud Akbarzadeh as his PhD in architectural technologies. It is called 3D graphic statics using reciprocal polyhedral diagrams (3DGS) which is based on geometric relationship between the form of a structure and its diagram of forces. Geometry is the common language among architects and engineers. Therefore, this geometry-based structural design method can be considered an intuitive and powerful technique to understand complex structural concepts among architects and structural engineers, and can be used to design non-conventional, efficient spatial structural forms. 3DGS methods must be practiced in parametric modeling environments and is highly relevant to the current research in the field of computational design and complex geometries.

Frog Platform Builder - Steve DeWitt
This presentation will focus on how ProjectFrog leverage Autodesk Dynamo to aid model creation and building design customization as it relates to the prefabricated component buildings.  This class will provide oversite on how the use of Dynamo can change the way this firm uses Revit families and highlight some automation technique to gain efficiency in your workflow

Speaker's Bios:

Masoud Akbarzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in Structures and Advanced Technologies and the Director of the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL). He holds a PhD from the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, where he was a Research Assistant in the Block Research Group. He holds two degrees from MIT: a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Computation) and an MArch, the thesis for which earned him the renowned SOM award. He also has a degree in Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics of Structures from the Iran University of Science and Technology and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His main research topic is Three-Dimensional Graphical Statics, which is a novel geometric method of structural design in three dimensions.

Steve DeWitt has nearly 20 years of professional experience with Autodesk products and 15 years in the AEC fields. He is an Autodesk Revit certified professional and enjoys solving industry related problems. He has been with ProjectFrog for nearly 3 years and been focusing in Dynamo for the past year.

Attending in person? Registration is required to gain access to HOK 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.

SFDUG April 2017 Meeting Recording

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dynamo Block Party

This coming Tuesday April 18th, at 6:00pm PST,  join us for the 2017 Dynamo Block Party -- the first meeting of its kind where several user groups across the country congregate virtually!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet others with a shared passion for Dynamo and design technology, see how their groups are organized, and be exposed to work happening outside the local community. Learn how folks in San Francisco, Denver, Des Moines, and New York City are making the most out of the expanded capabilities Dynamo provides. With 5 meetings in 1, this is one you don't want to miss.

Please note that this session will be held later than usual to accommodate other time zones. The festivities will begin with local current events, light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

We will meet at HOK San Francisco, at 1 Bush, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104.  Due to the high volume expected attendees, the event will be broadcasted only at the venue (no public broadcast available).

Click here to attend in person.