Have you tried? Generative Design for Revit

Jeff Hanson June 15, 2020

1 min read

Revit 2021 introduced generative design tools to Revit. These tools can automate the execution of generative design studies in an iterative way. You can focus your attention on other areas of your model while Generative Design runs in the background. Then you filter the results of the generative design study to find the outcomes that match your goals.

We have just released our latest Have You Tried topic covering Generative Design. In the topic, we examine how to use generative design techniques to help redesign the layout of a restaurant to meet physical distancing guidelines published by the MASS Design Group. In the case study, Generative Design in Revit is applied to the small space in order to see multiple options for table layout. A layout is selected based on criteria for the design and the layout is applied to the space. To achieve an optimal layout selected tables are adjusted for the specifics of the space.

Interior restaurant layout informed by safe distancing principles from MASS Design’s May 2020 study “Spatial Strategies for Restaurants in Response to COVID-19.” 

Further analysis with the Path of Travel tool, shown below, allows you to understand both movement through the space and which tables are most exposed to passing traffic.

Even small projects can see benefits from generative design techniques. Do you have a project that could benefit from generative design? Head over to the Have You Tried: Generative Design topic in the Revit help to learn more about Generative Design in Revit and how it can help you define and meet your design goals.

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