Monday, June 14, 2010

USC BIM Conference Lecture: Feedback Cloud

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to give a lecture at USC's 2010 BIM Conference: BIM Analytics.

My lecture is tentatively titled: Feedback Cloud: Tactics for Toolset Integration and Design Optimization.

The talk will outline the digital processes used on some recent NBBJ projects as well describe a few experiments for creating performance-driven design solutions in a team made up of diverse participants using a multitude of tools.

By coordinating customized tools and workflows, Feedback Cloud.....

1. Embraces technological difference within a team.
2. Provides an adaptive framework for design change and variation.
3. Links together design and analysis for a performance-driven process.

My talk is tentatively scheduled on Wednesday, August 4th @ 1:30-2:00.
The conference is free, however you will need to RSVP here.

Speakers at the conference include...

architecture + engineering
Rachelle Villalon, Jenna Knudsen,
and Alex Korter, CO Architects
Erin McConahey, ARUP
Mitch Dec, David Summers, and Tianxin Xing, Glumac

Jim Bedrick, Webcor
Viktor Bullain, Turner Construction
Jonathan Widney, Solibri
Darren Roos, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.

parametrics / performance based or algorithmic based design

Nathan Miller, NBBJ
Kurt Komraus, Buro Happold

integration, standards, the big picture
Richard Nowicki, NTD Architecture
Lance Lareau, San Diego CCD
Michael Rendler, e7 Studio at LACCD
Chuck Good-Man, Irwin Partners Architects

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Reading OBJ Mesh Files from K3DSURF in Grasshopper

I have created a custom scripting component that reads OBJ mesh files created in K3DSURF and reconstructs a triangular mesh within Grasshopper. Currently, the component will only read triangular OBJ meshes.

This allows for a more seamless workflow between K3DSURF and Grasshopper by eliminating the need to import the mesh into Rhino and then link the mesh into Grasshopper. If the OBJ file is updated from K3DSURF, the change is immediately affects the Grasshopper script.