Collaboration Optimization: Digital Workflow Optimization for Design Teams

Project Credits: LMN (Team: Plamena Milusheva, Scott Crawford, Alex Woodhouse)



The goal for this set of experiments was to develop digital collaboration strategies to enhance shared modeling workflows for a large team on a multi-building project. The strategy included team workshops, template design and implementation, and Grasshopper script and interface building.

The team was interested in integrating daylighting more seamlessly into their design process. The workflow for analysis can be challenging from a time and expertise perspective which can make it prohibitive for team members to adopt.

The workflow developed for the analysis takes advantage of Grasshopper's integration with daylighting tools and a carefully designed layer system for Rhino. It focuses on creating parametric environmental analysis tools to accommodate the team's rapid design change process.

Since the architecture team was working more closely with the construction management team for the project there was an opportunity to create a more streamlined path for information exchange between the two teams. It is beneficial but challenging to keep current data for the early design/costing process.

Using Grasshopper to develop an automated pipeline between the contractors' Excel cost models and the rapidly changing massing models of all the buildings in Rhino allowed for up to date cost estimates throughout the early concept design of the project.