Ramboll’s Facades and Innovation design team present at the Dubai Windows, Doors & Facades Event

17 October 2017
Ramboll’s experts, Abdulmajid Karanouh - Head of Innovation Design, Facades & Sustainability and Greig Paterson - Principal Design Engineer recently participated at the Windows, Doors & Facades event at the World Trade Centre in Dubai.
Ramboll presents at the Dubai Windows, Doors & Facades Event

Ramboll presents at the Dubai Windows, Doors & Facades Event

The presentation titled “BIM Augmented Algorithmic Thinking Inspiring Design Innovation” showcased Ramboll’s innovation design development process for the Salam Rafi Tower, Abu Dhabi’s Cruise Terminal and the Fujairah Airport.  Abdulmajid and Greig demonstrated how the simple communication of design options and their benefits could result in added value to the project, thereby protecting performance-critical items which are often value-engineered out of projects.

They also shared the recent research they have both been involved in, including creating analysis tools which give feedback in real-time and the creation of a simple and clear way to communicate complex geometry in a similar way to LEGO manuals, called the Design Narrative Algorithm (DNA).

The end goal of all of this work is to contribute to a new vernacular, where buildings use their context to be more efficient and comfortable.

The workshop offered participants a wider spectrum in terms of how digital tools can be used by project teams more effectively from a design standpoint from design to delivery using algorithmic thinking augmented by BIM.

Synopsis of presentation

Digital tools have been used for a while to assist in carrying out computer-based engineering analysis as opposed to traditional manual calculation, and this has helped in improving the ability to analyse any given engineering task in a faster and more accurate manner. Digital tools have empowered design teams in terms of their ability to model and manipulate highly complex geometric forms and shapes. However, digital tools, including BIM, have not yet reached their potentials from a holistic design standpoint, and have therefore been serving design teams in production and coordination, less so much in actual design problem solving and design evaluation. Therefore, the gap between the ability of design teams to produce challenging looking designs and their ability to validate those designs and evaluate their value is growing wider.

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