Thursday, December 29, 2011

Survey Says...

I have published the results from the AEC Tech Survey

This began as a private survey of colleagues and personal connections who work in a variety of different sizes of Architecture firms in different parts of the country. I later opened this up to the blog and on my Facebook shortly thereafter. Overall, the number of responses was small (38 submissions) but interesting.

The survey for academic programs is still open...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Hangzhou Tennis Center Issuu

Earlier this past year, I had presented a short paper at the ACADIA Regional conference on some of the parametric tools and systems used on the Hangzhou Tennis Center.

The full article is now available as an Issuu...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

This year saw the release of the Slingshot! Database plug-in, workshops and a keynote at ACADIA Regional, presentations at Extreme BIM and ACSA, an article in the Oz Journal, and numerous little computational experiments.

Internet traffic to The Proving Ground has continued to grow over this past year and I wanted to thank you, the visitors, for your continued interest in the content. I am humbled that my little blog gets the attention it does.

I hope to keep things exciting here moving into the new year with more to come for Rhino, Grasshopper, Processing, Slingshot!, Revit/Vasari, and more....!

Some things to keep an eye on....

The Proving Ground's sister wiki has been going through some transformations with new content.

As of today, I have created a Facebook page... be sure to 'like' it!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Survey Time! Technology and AEC....

The Proving Ground tends to feature explorations related to more advanced uses of digital technology and computational tools.... But how is the larger rest of the AEC industry and academy moving along?

Are the latest tools being adopted by industry practitioners?
Where are the perceived value gains for new technology?
Is the BIM mightier than the sword?

These questions have been explored before, but I thought I would tap into my own network with the help of my handy-dandy Google Docs tools.

This short survey is intended as a general means of collecting information about the impact digital technology is making on practice and academia. While it may not be the most scientific, my hope is to test a few hypotheses about this subject and report back here...!

Please select the most appropriate survey...

OPTION 1 Professional:
Please complete this survey if you are involved in an AEC-related professional organization...

OPTION 2 Academic:
Please complete this survey if you are involved in an AEC-related academic program...

Results will be posted here in a few days (or weeks depending on how responses trickle in...)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Upcoming Slingshot! Stuff...

The next update will introduce some standard tools to simplify creating database systems for storing and updating geometry and analysis results.

New "Sensor Component" will let you convert sensor data from analysis tools (like DIVA) in a structured database.

A few other database creation components will allow rapid creation and updating of geometric elements such as points, lines, and meshes.... These tools are sure to rapidly expand to include other forms of geometry types and representations.

And, of course, an update to the Twitter Search component. The component now parses search results into lists in addition to providing the raw Atom XML.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Coming Soon...Slingshot! Geometry Tools

Coming soon... new Slingshot tools for translating geometry into executable SQL code for DB storage.

This images shows a component which takes a mesh as an input and converts it to a SQL code for use in different databases and accessed from different platforms.