Today’s projects are complex, creating and using more data, from more sources, and across more disciplines, than ever before. These data come in forms that would have been hard to imagine even a decade ago – from parametric CAD models, virtual wind tunnels, swarms of sensors, point clouds, reality capture, and more.
Instead of drowning in data, or ignoring it altogether, we can harness the information we have available to us and bring structural design and construction to the next level. I recently discussed these issues at Building Design+Construction’s Accelerate Live! conference in Chicago. At the conference, I explored several topics, including applying mathematical optimization techniques to leverage the Big Data generated by parametric analysis and presenting it all in an information-rich interactive visual graphics.