IN­TER­VIEW

Ste­fano Con­verso, Para­met­ric De­sign pro­fes­sor of Roma Tre Uni­ver­sity, and head of de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing at RIMOND, ex­plains how lat­est de­vel­op­ments in real time de­sign and feed­back are af­fect­ing the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency, and transp

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CIMOLAI RIMOND EX­PLAINS HOW LAT­EST DE­VEL­OP­MENTS IN REAL TIME DE­SIGN AND FEED­BACK ARE AF­FECT­ING THE CON­STRUC­TION IN­DUS­TRY

WHAT EX­ACTLY IS REAL TIME DE­SIGN/ FEED­BACK?

We see Real Time De­sign Feed­back as the pos­si­bil­ity to work in a dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ment where it is pos­si­ble to get in­for­ma­tion that drives the de­sign, avail­able in al­most the same en­vi­ron­ment where forms are de­vel­oped. It is true that BIM it­self of­fers such feed­back, but prac­tice shows that old habits still pre­vail, of­ten “masked” by use of mod­els.

Devel­op­ment of BIM D mod­els re­mains con­tained within pro­fes­sional “si­los”. The aim of RIMOND and CIMOLAI RIMOND is to over­come these lim­i­ta­tions by us­ing soft­ware cus­tomi­sa­tion com­bined with an in­no­va­tive pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise that com­bines man­age­ment with tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment, to achieve @de­sign’ as a truly in­te­grated con­cept at a higher level in all phases, in­clud­ing both con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion.

IN WHAT WAYS IS IT BET­TER THAN THE TRA­DI­TIONAL METH­ODS OF COL­LAB­O­RA­TION/DE­SIGN­ING?

Real time feed­back al­lows to pre­cisely eval­u­ate the end prod­uct, with­out ll­ters. A good ex­am­ple would be edit­ing a text dig­i­tally; user can freely mod­ify it, but he al­ways op­er­ates on the end prod­uct, see­ing the changes as he makes them; there is no post­pro­cess­ing to it.

Some say the im­me­di­ate feed­back can stand in the way of ab­stract think­ing. But I do not see it that way. It even­tu­ally be­comes a more open way to con­ceive a de­sign process, in­stead. In the case of The Cloud Au­di­to­rium in Rome, tes­sel­la­tion of the main au­di­to­rium was con­nected with a real time eval­u­a­tion tool of panel de­forma-

tion. Us­ing dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies and there­fore dif­fer­ent num­ber of pan­els was af­fect­ing both the cost and ge­om­e­try. This eval­u­a­tion wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out putting the right peo­ple around the same ta­ble.

And, in fact, this was pos­si­ble be­cause the process was af­ter the bid­ding phase, when de­sign­ers and con­trac­tors were able to work to­gether to­wards the same goal. As we know, a true full col­lab­o­ra­tion, like in me­chan­i­cal, au­to­mo­tive, and aero­space in­dus­tries is not pos­si­ble in the AEC in­dus­try. In case of The Cloud, the de­sign team was driven by the RIMOND core ac­tiv­ity that was model devel­op­ment, but at the same time, ge­om­e­try del­ni­tion and pro­vid­ing out­puts to all dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers of the process.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the lat­ter is re­garded as a purely man­age­ment ac­tiv­ity, done through the gen­eral con­trac­tor. But in case of The Cloud, the in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided fully by the de­sign and modelling team, since they were work­ing on fully-in­formed ren­der­ings. This pro­vided un­prece­dented efl­ciency, re­li­a­bil­ity, and trans­parency for every de­ci­sion made, both in terms of ex­act costs es­ti­ma­tion and the lnal built out­put pre­ci­sion.

WHAT RIMOND/CRME PROJECTS ARE TAK­ING AD­VAN­TAGE OF THIS TECH­NOL­OGY?

The New EUR Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Rome is the most sig­nil­cant com­pleted project that used this ap­proach. Fur­ther­more, Cimolai Rimond is work­ing on sev­eral projects, at the mo­ment, in the UAE that are us­ing the Real Time Feed­back, where we see a lot of in­ter­est and sup­port for the ad­vanced re­li­a­bil­ity work­mow.

WHAT ARE THE AC­TORS AND HOW IS THE COL­LAB­O­RA­TION OR­GAN­ISED IN REAL TIME?

We are set­ting up a work­mow where the team is work­ing on a light­weight and sim­ple model that pro­vides a Quick source of re­li­able in­for­ma­tion (a mother model) and sev­eral more delned mod­els, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion de­tail­ing in D, that are de­rived from it (child mod­els). This way, all the ac­tors can be us­ing the mother model and con­tribute to it al­ways through RIMOND’S man­age­ment, sup­ported by Build­ing In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (BIM).

WHY IS WORK­ING IN REAL TIME OR GET­TING FEED­BACK IN REAL TIME PAR­TIC­U­LARLY USE­FUL?

D is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice. When we are us­ing a nav­i­ga­ble model, al­low­ing the user to walk in­side the space while de­cid­ing on var­i­ous de­sign op­tions and their as­so­ci­ated costs, we can also ob­serve the change in light, at­mos­phere, and over­all feel­ing of the over­all build­ing. There­fore, it al­lows for a truly in­formed choice and a real value of every de­ci­sion made.

An­other ex­am­ple would be an Ital­ian tele­com com­pany head­quar­ters we de­signed. The client was re­quest­ing the bud­get changes as the de­sign pro­ceeded, and by pro­vid­ing a BIM model pro­vid­ing real time Quan­ti­ties, as well as ren­dered nav­i­ga­ble model with ma­te­ri­als and nat­u­ral light­ing sim­u­la­tion. The client was even­tu­ally very sat­is­fied with the abil­ity to tai­lor how the money is spent and where to as­sign the re­sources, all done with im­me­di­ate feed­back.

Web shar­ing in real time will emerge in many more as­pects of the in­dus­try, mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble, fast and ef­fi­cient.” Ste­fano Con­verso

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It’s our re­search and devel­op­ment (R&D) devel­op­ment to put all the above process in an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble web in­ter­face, where in­volve­ment of all stake­hold­ers in the process be­comes truly stream­lined be­cause no plugin, no soft­ware is needed, just a web browser, pow­ered by D through this in­no­va­tive stan­dard.

HOW DOES IT HELP AR­CHI­TECTS/ EN­GI­NEERS OVER­ALL PROCESS?

It makes the process more shared and trans­par­ent, but most im­por­tantly open.

WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE/DIF­FER­ENT?

In our case, the fact that it’s not sim­ply a tool, but a com­pany, real peo­ple, in­no­va­tion in the process, sup­ported by in­no­va­tive tools. So, all the ad­van­tages of pas­sion­ate tal­ented peo­ple work­ing to­gether, pow­ered by re­li­a­bil­ity of soft­ware and data.

WHAT BEN­E­FITS WILL THEY BRING TO CLIENTS AND STAKE­HOLD­ERS IN THE COM­ING YEARS?

Web shar­ing in real time will emerge in many more as­pects of the in­dus­try, mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble, fast and efl­cient. Imag­ine a live model of a build­ing where the team can al­ter val­ues and el­e­ments just with a few clicks, get­ting re­li­able and pre­cise re­sults im­me­di­ately. This is the fu­ture.

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