The Things We Make – Part 2

We’re almost to the end of July and the summer team continues to work away on some amazing prototypes and workflows.

Since the last blog post, we have been explored the use of packing algorithms to visualize building program relationships. We have mocked PowerBI dashboards using Revit data that was exported with the help of LunchBox for Dynamo. We have continued to battle test our Rhino importer for Revit with complex geometry.

Most of all, we’re having fun!  Check out some of our output below….

Program Packing


Understanding building program data is a great point of entry for using computational design tools to solve practical yet complex problems. We became interested in using packing algorithms to better understand relationships and areas in a complex program spreadsheet. LunchBox, HumanUI, and Packrat plugins for Grasshopper were instrumental for this prototype.

BIM Intelligence


BIM is an essential data source for AEC businesses. Business Intelligence tools, like PowerBI, can allow us to get insight into issues that affect the building design and construction workflow. We used LunchBox for Dynamo to extract key data points and quantities and construct a dashboard that allows users to interact with model data and communicate key metrics about the model such as glazing ratios, areas, and other quantities.

Complex Geometry with the Rhino Importer

The Rhino Importer for Revit is still under development and being actively used on key projects. The most current version allows us to import individual Family objects from a single Rhino file. We recently ran some interesting tests with complex geometry using T-Spline modeling. The imported results are clean, legible, and make for great documentation. 

Stay tuned for Part 3…

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