2015 in review

Welcome to 2016  everyone – and thanks for making 2015 such a success. Since being launched back in June, ParametricMonkey has received over 6,400 visitors  from 109 countries. Most visitors came from Australia with the United States and the United Kingdom not far behind. Of the 16,700 views, the two most popular posts were Rhino to Revit workflow (Nov 2014) and Revit Best Practice Tips (June 2015). With now over 30 tutorials and plenty more to come, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better for Parametric Money.

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My work at BVN as been exciting and challenging. My residential and SEPP65 research continues. Much of this was presented to the Sydney Computational Group back in September receiving positive feedback. In 2016 I plan to formally publish and present this research so that others may benefit from it.

Back in March, I launched the BVN Dynamo package. Since then, it has grown to over 30 custom nodes and has been downloaded over 300 times. With many more nodes planned, including native SEPP65 Dynamo nodes, 2016 is going to be a busy year on the Dynamo front.


Over the Spring semester, I ran a BVN embedded practice studio at UTS. Titled the ‘Fitness of Poli(tic)s‘, the studio introduced master students to architectural computation and genetic algorithms. This was a steep learning curve for the students, opening their eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. There were some fantastic outcomes from the students with rigorous research and innovative solutions, and I look forward to continuing the research over the Spring semester in 2016.

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Adrian Taylor, Connor Blampied & Stewart Cowan

2015 also saw me teach two BIM classes, one at UTS (Special Project – 11362) and the other at UNSW (Design Information Management – CODE2270). There has been a noticeable shift in the pedagogy now being demanded by universities and potential employees. No longer are students being taught solely the basic geometry creation commands (walls, floors, roofs, etc.) but rather this is coupled with data embedment to harness the power of BIM fully. As such, a much greater emphasis now exists on interoperability and the connection of multiple software as opposed to a single software platform. Dynamo, Grasshopper, Excel and Flux all feature prominently in this shift. The new generation of architects will be agile and computational literate, no longer limited by CAD/BIM software.

Continued professional development also featured prominently in 2015. Back in October, I attended my first ACADIA conference. Hosted this year by the University of Cincinnati, I refined my GIS and Ladybug skills by attending a fantastic workshop run by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey and Elcin Ertugrul. Unlike some other workshops, there was no pressure to present or exhibit the outcomes of the workshop. This meant the entire time could be dedicated to learning new skills. Watch this space for a full debriefing from the conference, including many new Ladybug tutorials.

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Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari at ACADIA

Coming up soon in March I’ll be attending the annual Rob|Arch 2016  conference, this year held in Sydney. With BVN partnering with the University of Sydney and a major sponsor of the conference, expect 2016 to be heavily robot focused.

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Marjo Niemela (Sydney Uni), Ninotschka Titchkosky (BVN), Paul Wintour (BVN), and Chris Bickerton (BVN)

Later in May, I’ll be speaking at the twelfth annual RTC Australasia conference. My class, ‘Grasshopper to Dynamo: There and back again’ will demonstrate bi-directional workflows between Rhino and Revit to boost interoperability and create a fully integrated BIM model. With some fantastic speakers including Marcello Sgambelluri, Konrad Sobon and Chris Price, the conference promises to live up to its expectation.

Thanks again to all my readers for continuing to support me and I hope you’ll help me make 2016 even better!

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