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 nearly infinite compute power at the fingertips of anyone with an Internet connection, we can do more with our data now—from simulating and interrogating design ideas and streamlining processes to automating tasks and even generating new design possibilities.
Check out a few examples of what pioneering teams are doing with data today:
From site data to building designs and construction process data, learn how to connect, manipulate, and display information in an understandable way for various stakeholders with Liang Gong and Tomislav Zigo’s Data Integrations for a Construction Project.
With Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), visibility and effective coordination are key. John Myhill shows how the team at Laing O’Rourke links data from internal and external sources to track components from suppliers and their own off-site manufacturing facilities, giving them the ability to detect problems before they happen.
AU all-star Bill Allen shares his vision of data-driven design in his AU Theater talk, Crossing the Data-Driven Chasm.
Just because you’ve handled routine design tasks manually until now doesn’t mean you have to handle them manually forever. In this pair of classes, Andrew Akenson shows you how to use the Forge Design Automation API for Inventor while Sasha Crotty shows you how get started with the Forge Design Automation API for Revit. Both spend time evaluating the kinds of tasks that are easily automated, then how to take computation into the cloud to create a more streamlined design-to-make process.
Finally, doing all this stuff with your data won’t mean much if it’s not secure. Tony Arous and Anmol Misra break down the issues related to data security in the cloud and explain how to make the most of the built-in security capabilities of the Forge platform.