Parametric design for architects and engineers

Principles and possibilities of parametric design

Parametric design helps you design structures that can be easily modified, even in the later stages of the design process. Parametric design is an intuitive way for you to automate your own work.

You can use project specific data to automate your design process and workflow, perform calculations, and optimize your solutions. The possibilities with parametric design are ever increasing, and it has already been widely adopted throughout the engineering sector.

In this course you will be introduced hands-on to the software, Grasshopper3D, and you will become familiar with the overall software landscape surrounding parametric design, gaining practical experience on how to accelerate design and engineering tasks using state-of-the-art tools.

Automating your own workflow

The course includes:

  •  Introduction to the basic and advanced principles of parametric design
  •  Rapid prototyping and testing
  •  Discussion of the possibilities of parametric design in your own work and organization
  •  Best practices of parametric design
  •  Practical examples from the construction industry
  •  Linking parametric design software with the most predominant software in the construction industry, such as SCIA, Excel, BIM software (Tekla, Revit & IFC) and Karamba3D.

This course is meant for

Everybody with an interest in digitisation and automation working in the AEC sector: from BIM modeler to building physics engineer, and from architect to contractor. This course does not require prior knowledge.

 You need to bring your own laptop.

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  • Information
    Study points: 4 (Kenniseenheden Constructeursregister)
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    Day 1 - Base course

    • Introduction to the basic principles of parametric design
    • Current uses and new developments in the AEC software landscape
    • Introduction into geometrical and parametric concepts
    • Hands-on workshop, part 1: Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper
    • Hands-on workshop, part 2: Designing a structure using parametric design
    • Hands-on workshop, part 3: Making design choices automatically
    • Evaluation and closing

    Day 2 - Afternoon online

    • Introduction to advanced concepts and workflows using parametric design
    • Hands-on workshop, part 4: design finalization
    • Useful plug-ins and tools for BIM, simulation & analysis

    Day 3 - Parametric engineering

    • Reading and writing files
    • Hands-on workshop automatic workflows, part 1: FEM calculations
    • Hands-on workshop automatic workflows, part 2: connecting to BIM (Revit & IFC)
    • Hands-on workshop automatic workflows, part 3: optimization with Galapagos
    • Relation to personal workflow challenges and practical examples
    • Introduction to next steps: online platforms & digital twins
    • Evaluation and closing
  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 8.3
    “We have experienced the course as a very comprehensive and a good step towards Rhino / Grasshopper.”
    Jan van Iterson and Dennis Ouwehand (Ingenieursbureau Faas & Van Iterson), participated in the previous two-day course
    “Good day for people with some foreknowledge. A lot of subject material is teached at a good level of speed. Capable teacher.”
    Ruud van Bommel (Adviesbureau Van de Laar BV), participated in the course day Parametric Engineering
    “Day 1 very clear and stimulating. Day 2 interesting, lots of info in a short time.”
    Tom de Soete (SBE NV), participated in the previous two-day course
    “Easy to follow, clear structure in understandable steps. Excellent basis.”
    Employee of a consultancy agency, participated in the previoustwo-day course
    “Pleasant high level of speed, many aspects treated.”
    Employee of a consultancy agency, participated in the two-day course