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Architect Neil Katz of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) said that algorithmic design makes possible things that were once impossible
An out-of-the-box product, LandXplorer enables a city to create a 3D city or infrastructure model in about 30 minutes. LandXplorer brings in Autodesk® 3ds Max® for buildings and texture mapping, and supports AutoCAD® products. With this product Autodesk hopes to bring about greater data sharing and integration.
"As we do this, the integrated analysis agent will assess the shape, solar energy usage, and allow us to try out different shapes for experimentation."
According to Kowalski, the product "provides a valid framework to explore alternatives, removes some risk, and makes a faster and easier design," and offers a building envelope that gives a design the right performance characteristics.
"Augmented reality" (AR) was perhaps the most startling concept showcased at the main stage event. AR combines real and virtual 3D data and permits real-time interactivity. Kowalski described it as technology that allows users to "bring digital models into the real world and overlay them into real scenes."
We can now break the glass between screen and reality.
For users with a BIM model, GBS can evaluate the energy profiles and carbon footprints of their building designs very quickly.
Weather data, cost estimation tools, and analysis for LEED® daylighting credits are among the features that make GBS a valuable service for sustainable design.
"Net-zero buildings [buildings with net-zero carbon emissions] are down the road, and we must think differently about how we build them," he said. Because it is easy to do with this product, users once unaccustomed to thinking in kilowatt hours or therms will now be able to do so.
The Ecotect tools, conceived of by Dr. Andrew Marsh of the Isle of Man, are used to analyze environmental effects — such as solar, thermal, shading, lighting, ventilation, and air flow — on building performance in the conceptual and detailed phases of design. This ability to forecast building performance, coupled with the GBS web-based analysis tools, gives architects and engineers tools that help in the design and building of more sustainable buildings.