Tech Trends Influencing Architecture and Design


Posted by Brandon Garrett


Brandon Garrett, Associate / Architect and BIM Manager, discusses technology trends influencing architecture and design. He and his team continually evaluate new tools and refine workflows to enhance design, produce better models, and speed production. Brandon is an Autodesk Revit Certified Associate and a member of the BIM 505 User Group. He has presented about best practices and emerging applications of technology in Building Information Modeling at numerous conferences across the country.

What have been your team’s biggest technology accomplishments in the past year?

It’s an exciting time to be involved in the technology side of Architecture. New tools and processes have provided us with the ability to quickly run various simulations to understand how design and site factors impact the performance of buildings.

Advances in 3D scanning have brought new means and methods of capturing existing conditions like never before. Our BIM capabilities have expanded to new heights through the use of visual programming and computational applications like Dynamo for Revit. Dynamo extends BIM with the data and logic environment of a graphical algorithm editor. D/P/S has developed and manages a package for Dynamo called Rhythm, which is currently one of the top 5 most downloaded packages in the community. The move to use smart and robust PDFs for file sharing has enhanced our deliverables and improved collaboration throughout the design process.


To top off these advancements, we were also honored to be a finalist in the 2015 Bluebeam eXtreme awards, and the Design Technology Summit’s Innovation awards. In addition, our presentation on energy analysis workflows at the 2015 Revit Technology conference was voted as a top 5 session.

What are some of the biggest challenges you and your team face?

The biggest challenge when dealing with technology is balancing the rapid pace of change and advancements with our current workflows. The applications we use can change monthly or even daily. So when implementing new tools and processes we have to be cognizant of this and allow for flexibility.

3D scan of existing building.


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