Data, AI and the Generative Design Revolution

Machine Design | February 03, 2020

Engineering is a combination of creativity, critical thinking and mathematics. Historically, innovation in engineering design has been constrained primarily by the human capacity to perform the calculations required to bring imaginative solutions to life. With the dawning of generative design, engineers will be able to tap into computational power in ways never previously possible, ushering in a new era of innovation. Engineers have relied on digital assistants for decades, starting with CAD software in the 1980s. CAD applications can draw designs more accurately and efficiently than the humans employing them, shortening the time required to execute designs and thus allowing engineers to consider more design possibilities.

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Modern construction projects are often challenged by delays and other time-related uncertainties. Delays are often caused by poor communication, ambiguous requirements, and regular misunderstandings in the industry (Forbes and Ahmed 2011, Cremona 2011). Collaboration problems are commonly identified as one of the main factors affecting the low productivity and ineffectiveness in construction industry. Due to an increasing complexity of the projects, establishing more
integrated approaches is required in construction design (Codinhoto and Formoso 2005).

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Modern construction projects are often challenged by delays and other time-related uncertainties. Delays are often caused by poor communication, ambiguous requirements, and regular misunderstandings in the industry (Forbes and Ahmed 2011, Cremona 2011). Collaboration problems are commonly identified as one of the main factors affecting the low productivity and ineffectiveness in construction industry. Due to an increasing complexity of the projects, establishing more
integrated approaches is required in construction design (Codinhoto and Formoso 2005).

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