How does Conceptual Design Automation impact overall Design Optimization, Sustainability, Energy Consumption and Building Performance?


Date: December 02, 2020     08:30 AM - 09:15 AM CST    


The rapidly changing dynamics and advances in the AEC industry have made the integration and automation of the whole design and implementation process a critical factor, for any construction project, to deliver competitive benefits. Problems of process integration, particularly at the Conceptual Design stage, often manifest through a number of significant areas, from design representation, cognition and translation to process fragmentation and loss of design integrity. Advances in the Conceptual Design Automation space now offer significant potential for enhancing the design experience to mitigate multiple challenges.

Conceptual Design Automation is crucial to ensure designers are not saddled with painful and repetitive tasks, and enables them to spend more time on ‘innovative and creative designs’, that benefit the client and the community at large. Accurate and robust implementation of Design Automation, while focusing on developing new workflows that can be applied to many different types of projects, particularly through the modeling, amendment and management stages, can impact the project’s overall design optimization, sustainability, energy consumption and future building performance.


Dhananjay Dixit


Multiple visual programming platforms for Computational Design and Building Information Modeling that extend the capabilities of the core Design Tools make it easier to use automation, but there is considerable effort required to adapt these solutions to specific Concept Design related tasks and other downstream design requirements of any project.

Keeping in line with the above thought, Neilsoft invites you for a brief session through which we intend to share our experience of developing and deploying advanced concept design automation related workflows and solutions, and analyze key technologies/software platforms (Dynamo, Grasshopper, Rhino and Revit) that are beneficial for automation.

However, more importantly we will share insights on how Automation in the Concept Design stage can create value for any construction project and its delivery.


The session will briefly touch upon the following topics, with further elaborations wherever required:

  • When and for which projects should Conceptual Design Automation be chosen?
  • Benefits of Conceptual Design Automation for Various Stakeholders? (Owners, Architects, Contractors)
  • Impact of Conceptual Design Automation on - Design Optimization, Sustainability, Energy Consumption and Building Performance
  • Analysis of various Software Platforms that can be beneficial for Conceptual Design Automation (Dynamo, Grasshopper, Rhino and Revit)
  • Sample – POC of Conceptual Design Automation
  • Neilsoft’s Experience in the Design Automation space for the AEC Sector


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