With its newfound uses designing cars and other gadgets, generative design is creating quite the buzz in the maker sphere. Unsurprisingly, it also has a few other applications—including architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).

One of the biggest challenges in AEC design is that of clash detection. According to Brett Young, CEO and founder of Building System Planning, the clash detection workflow is broken—endless revisions done by team members working separately can lead to missed clashes and bottlenecked projects.

However, Young might just have a solution—and was showcasing it at the SPAR 3D Expo and Conference in April 2016. This solution is GenMEP, a generative design add-on for creating mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems in Revit.

GenMEP uses real-time clash detection and generative design to create MEP systems in Revit, shown here in both 3D and 2D. (Image courtesy of Building System Planning.)GenMEP uses real-time clash detection and generative design to create MEP systems in Revit, shown here in both 3D and 2D. (Image courtesy of Building System Planning.)

Generative Design for Buildings

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