This class will present a Revit software plug-in developed collaboratively by Stanford University and Autodesk, Inc., that enables architects and engineers to receive real-time feedback on the installed cost, lead time, and environmental impact of steel structural design options. The estimates are based on current data provided by members of the structural steel supply chain, including mills, fabricators, and erectors. The IP required to produce the estimate is stored and maintained by each party in a secure online database; information authorized for release to the designer is accessed by the Revit plug-in via web services and visualized in the context of the Building Information Modeling (BIM). We will share 2 industry case-study applications of the technology in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM); Rutherford + Chekene; and Herrick. We will discuss the business benefits and process changes required to on-board the technology for design engineers, fabricators, and erectors, and we will cover future plans for the development of the technology.
- Discover the business benefits of capitalizing on fabricator data and expertise early in the structural design process
- Discover the capability of the technology to estimate steel structure cost, lead time, and environmental impact
- Discover the broader potential of the approach to improve vertical integration of information in the AEC industry
- Discover 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.