AEC Technology Development at Bryden Wood

I was first introduced to the cutting-edge work the A/E firm, Bryden Wood, is doing in AEC technology at the August 2020 event of the San Francisco Computational Design Institute (SFSDI), in a presentation by Phil Langley who leads this work at Bryden Wood. More recently, I had the opportunity to learn more about it at the April 2021 Glimpses of the Future event, presented by Jaimie Johnston of the firm. It was fascinating to learn about the innovative tools for design automation and industrialized construction being developed by the firm, showing that AEC firms do not always have to rely on software vendors for pushing the state of the art of technology in the field. They can take the lead on this themselves.

This article takes a closer look at some of the technologies being developed by Bryden Wood.


2 thoughts on “AEC Technology Development at Bryden Wood

  1. This is a great article because it describes a new approach to design automation (at least new for me). I wonder if the highway design could incorporate design rules that would facilitate use by battery powered and automated vehicles (as opposed to design rules based on older transportation modes)?

  2. Yes, the highway ‘Rapid Engineering Model’ allows for a huge variety of inputs (for example, it already models degrees of driver visibility to allow for the range of seat heights and positions in different types of vehicle). The way the workflow is set up allows new rules to be ‘beta-tested’ and the implications to be understood, to assist in developing and enshrining new guidance and best practice. This will facilitate an understanding of the implications of battery powered and automated vehicles on driver experience, plus necessary interventions in terms of technology and physical features, and so on.

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