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Radical change is necessary in the design and construction industry to realize the social and economic benefits we can achieve through better performing and better quality built environments and built assets. Design automation for industrialized construction is an approach we believe is key to realizing this change.
At the core of every successful architecture and construction project is thoughtful design. This shapes not only how a building looks, but also helps to optimize its functionality, quality and sustainability, as well as the value it provides to both occupants and the wider community. At Bryden Wood, we use design automation to create truly effective client solutions, rooted in our Design to Value approach.
Design automation has a range of practical applications. Digital tools, including CAD software, make it possible to explore multiple iterations of complex building designs with ease, helping us to innovate and create more efficiently and effectively.
Additionally, design automation enables our architects and engineers to reduce errors and improve quality, as well as to easily capture and iterate on designs. Predefined design rules help to create standardized designs that are efficient and repeatable, reducing the time required to complete repetitive tasks and improving productivity.
Design automation also helps to dramatically reduce costs, minimizing unnecessary material waste and speeding up the design process. Advanced tools and processes make it easier to optimize product quality, streamline workflows, and identify potential issues before they arise, troubleshooting any potential problems.
In the Creative Technologies team at Bryden Wood, we have developed methodological and technical systems using a range of tools and programming languages to implement design automation in construction across different construction technologies. They embed the principles of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) and mass customization to radically change the nature of asset design — and our role as designers within it.
We create intelligent, automated processes that allow us to iterate more quickly, gain greater insights into problems and find better solutions for the built environment. Design automation is about taking a data-driven approach that can support genuine evidence-based decision making.
We bring together different strands of computational design technology that are organized around four threads of thinking;
Our aim is to change the construction industry through design automation. We want to increase estate-wide standardization by enabling a manufacturing-led approach to design and delivery. Design automation uses rule-based methods that can lock in aspects of asset performance and design compliance, while achieving genuine mass customization to ensure that design quality is not only maintained but can be enhanced.
Our approach is deliberately sector-neutral. We have been able to develop design automation in a wide range of contexts, including:
Whether we are automating the design of 25 miles of road or railway infrastructure in a matter of days, or generating schools or homes in minutes with our innovative digital design apps and configurators, we use data-driven construction technology to change the way that design can be done. By using cutting-edge computational design technology coupled with human architecture and engineering know-how, we can realize a better built environment.
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