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
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.