News from AU
September 18, 2020

Generative Design for Sustainability

According to the Paris Agreement on climate, we need to reduce global carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 to hold long-term global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels. It’s an ambitious goal, attainable only if we get to work on a number of fronts. One of those fronts is design—creating new products that are more sustainable and building in more sustainable ways. Generative design can be a valuable tool. Bringing algorithmic problem solving into the design process enables us to explore far more design possibilities than we could with human imagination and ... READ MORE >
September 16, 2020

AU 2020 Registration Is Open

Ready to get inspired by new approaches and reimagine what’s possible? Ready to build your skills and advance your practice? Ready to learn from industry experts and connect with your peers? Join thousands of professionals from the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and media and entertainment for four days of learning and discovery at AU 2020, our first global digital conference. It's all happening November 17-20 and registration is now open. There’s no cost to attend, but registration is required, and now’s the time. You can also check out the agenda, explore c... READ MORE >
September 9, 2020

Tim Gladdy on Manufacturing, Knowledge Sharing, and Overcoming Challenges

This interview is part of a series featuring the members of our diverse AU community, from speakers and conference attendees to forum participants and online commenters. You are AU. 1. What’s your current job role? Global Engineering Applications Leader 2. What are your main areas of expertise and interest? Product design, manufacturing, and implementation management. 3. What one challenge in your work would be most satisfying to solve? Removing duplication of data, both text and geometry. 4. What one thi... READ MORE >
September 2, 2020

What Have You Done with Your Data Lately?

Data center. Image courtesy of DLB Associates. You’re making the data. With every building or product you design, you’re generating vast amounts of information—the details about every component, angle, and material. The question is: what are you doing with that data? During the first phases of adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM)—and now Product Information Modeling (PIM)—the answer is likely: not a lot. It’s often still routine to recreate data sets multiple times through the lifecycle of a building or product, as was standard when things were drawn by hand. But as the cloud has put... READ MORE >
August 26, 2020

Generative Design Can Help You Solve These Four Design Challenges

Generative design is like a Swiss Army knife—there’s a lot you can do with it. Like any digital tool, it’s come a long way since it was first introduced. Once used primarily for discrete functions like topology optimization—finding ways to use less material while maintaining performance—it’s now capable of solving for a multitude of constraints at once, giving you the power to explore design possibilities more fully than a human designer ever could alone. You enter the design goals, the desired fabrication methods, cost parameters, and other requirements, and it goes to work, generating, valid... READ MORE >