This class will present a new software platform that facilitates information sharing between structural designers and steel material suppliers. The platform provides engineers with current information on material cost and availability in the context of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) in order to facilitate more-informed decisions early in the design process, which can significantly reduce cost and procurement time. In turn, material suppliers benefit from the project information shared by designers to better-forecast demand. We will present the platform architecture (developed collaboratively by Autodesk, Inc.; SteelCentral; and Stanford University) in the context of 2 industry case studies. Representatives from SSOE Group and Gerdau will describe their experiences using the platform from both a designer’s and a supplier’s perspective. Finally, we will engage the audience to discuss the potential of this technology to disrupt traditional workflows and promote innovation. This session features Revit Structure, Fusion 360, and Robot Structural Analysis. AIA Approved
- Understand how sharing information can benefit both steel designers and material suppliers
- Discover the capabilities of the featured software platform to facilitate information sharing between designers and suppliers
- Discover the experiences that a leading design firm and steel supplier have had using the software on a real-world project
- Understand opportunities to participate in the continued development and testing of the technology
Forest Flager is an engineering research associate and lecturer at Stanford University. His research and teaching focus on computational methods that augment human abilities for design space exploration and decision making. At Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, he has worked with leading companies—including Arup Group Limited, The Walt Disney Company, and Mortenson Construction—to apply these methods to identify innovative, high-performing building and civil infrastructure solutions. Previously, Flager lead product for a venture-backed technology startup in San Francisco, and he practiced as a structural engineer for Arup in San Francisco and London. He holds a BS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University, a Master of Design degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Engineering degree in structural engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.