Sketch Based Design towards Computational BIM: Objectdesign with Dynamo

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Allan Kenneth Clausen
  • Thomas Skytte Hedemand Poulsen
4. term, Building Informatics (, Master (Master Programme)
The report begins with a reflection on the Danish construction industry anno 2015. It describes how the paradigm shift from 2D document-based design to 3D object-based, has caused a technological development. Challenges are however experienced when working with Autodesk Revit as the primary BIM tool for object-based parametric modeling. These challenges are through the report sought to be solved by using Dynamo, which lead towards the initiating problem formulation:
"How can Dynamo solve the current problems experienced by companies when using Revit for building modeling and change an existing workflow for design?"
Through a problem analysis several companies experienced problems are examined from where a key-problem is chosen as a field for later processing. Dynamo is investigated as a tool, and examples of solving problems are developed that argument that it can be solved with Dynamo. Out of the analysis, it is emphasized how to describe the use of Dynamo for an automated process as a work in Computational BIM. Compared to traditional design as a sketch-based process provides examples of the potential of using new technology as a means to an optimized workflow. It specifically examined how the Dynamo can solve a problem of optimizing a workflow around a dimensioning heat-loss and an automated design of building objects. This issue is written directly into the report's final problem-formulation:
"How can Dynamo be used to perform an automated workflow with heat-loss calculation and design of building objects?"
The result of the report processing is the development of a prototype that answers the problem-formulation main issues. Through the use of Contextual Design methodology a system in which conceptual models and sequence descriptions using as a storyboard for the final solution is developed. Working with Dynamo gives an indication of that no programming experience is required in order to develop simple and less complex solutions. Finally, it is concluded that the developed prototype creates an optimized workflow of professions by design, as well as performing an automated process by a heat-loss calculation. The prototype should be seen just as a developing solution, and not as a complete system. The core of the solution has been to perform a proof-of-concept where the functionality of Dynamo is examined. The conclusion is that Dynamo is suited to take over where functionality problems are experienced in Revit.
As implementation and perspectives discussed the importance for companies to follow new technologies and learning compulsive, their properties. It can mean a lot to a company and to be prepared for possible paradigm shift or new technologies, and partly to give them a competitive edge and.
Publication date6 Jan 2016
Number of pages105
ID: 225376222