Sayjel Vijay Patel, assistant professor at Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), and architect Camiel Weijenberg have created an architectural software called Digital Blue Foam that is said to revolutionise speed in the early stages of design.
Launched at the Graphisoft conference in Las Vegas, Digital Blue Foam's automated workflow uses web data to inform generative design and links to BIM software to reduce time for design study by 50-98%.
"The AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry is not efficient and uses only a fraction of the data available at the early design stage," said Patel.
"Determining the brief, building massing, unit-mix, access, solar, access, orientation, requires many manual design iterations. Troves of relevant site and construction data are available online. The task of researching and translating this data into a building proposal remains timeconsuming and too often guided by the architect’s intuition rather than science and method. Digital Blue Foam can be used in these situations to quickly develop and visualise economically and environmentally-viable solutions which cater to local needs and demands."
Providing data-driven feasibility analysis allows the software to gather contextual online data to inform the design process, imporving design outcomes by foregrounding decisions related to livability, construction cost, and environmental performance early in the design process.
Digital Blue Foam's proprietary API also allows for designs created on the web to be automatically streamed to BIM, reducing time for design study by 50-98% based on initial user testing, a release stated.
The company will be based out of Singapore, and aims to help both designers and non-designers.