As we continue to strive to meet high-performance building goals such as those outlined in the AIA 2030 Commitment and other standards, incorporating environmental simulation and energy analysis into the design process becomes increasingly relevant. However, with a multitude of tools available, fast moving project timelines, and confusion about who is best poised to perform building analysis, integrating this work into design process can seem overwhelming.
MID 2017 EDITION
This edition of Buzzworthy Technologies further explores the confluence of technology and society.
Healthcare facility planning traditionally follows a linear process, from concept phase to schematic design to design development to construction. Multiple in-person meetings between planning and design teams, clients and user groups help to identify goals and challenges, which the team then develops into concept options using sketches, diagrams and eventually Revit.
HGA Virtual Reality study recognized among the 2017 R+D Awards by Architect Magazine, the Journal of The American Institute of Architects.When architects design, they give a lot of thought to how people will use a space, but usually much less thought to the types of people who will use it. It’s a tough problem to solve: What are the unique ways in which an elderly person, a blind person, or a child experiences space—and how should architects and other design professionals respond?
By Michael Hess and Ryan Spiering
Healthcare facility planning is changing as Virtual Reality enables clients/users/owners to step into the planning process as never before. High-tech buzzwords – Revit, Cloud, Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality – are becoming the transformative tools of the trade. Virtual mock-ups viewed through headsets/glasses have enhanced the planning and design process, leading to better collaboration with user teams and improving project delivery.
When people think of churches, what often comes to mind is a square white building with a triangular roof and a steeple on top. When the congregation of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection envisioned its new place of worship, they imagined something much different.
HGA takes an optimistic but measured approach toward the Internet of Things. Internet of Things adoption has been slower than expected*, and it's most often used to solve superficial problems, generally centered around convenience or marketing. Sometimes IoT is a solution in search of a problem. My hope for technology is that it will evolve to help create a positive social impact with benefits that are accessible to everyone. This is possible through improved access to meaningful data and data analysis, which can enrich not only the lives of individuals but the fabric of society as a whole.
Jonathan Bartling recently won the 2016 AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award for his leadership in digital design technology. As Director of the Digital Practice Group at HGA, he specializes in leading BIM, Computation, Visualization and Fabrication across the firm's eight design offices.
We're on the cusp of a technology renaissance to rival the early days of the personal computing revolution, with new concepts and tools emerging daily, if not hourly. The following buzzworthy technologies – such as the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence – show a great deal of promise. Click the guided tour below to get our take on how each of these concepts impacts our digital and physical environments.
In order for Internet of Things (IoT) projects to be successfully deployed for a commercial building, there must be a business case that needs to be solved. The ROI may be a financial payback or improved customer satisfaction, but without a clear understanding of the problems to be solved it is difficult to select the right IoT strategy. Customers may want to improve energy or operational efficiency. Energy codes, such as ASHRE Title 24, may mandate reductions in energy usage that will necessitate more intelligent building systems. Retailers, advertisers and many others have an interest in using new IoT data channels for optimizing planning and strategy.