12 Nov 2019

Meet Education partners at Forge DevCon

University students

The Forge DevCon Village this year features six Education partners from all over the world. Take some time between classes or during the networking breaks to visit their booths and explore their solutions. Here are some sneak peeks of what each institution will be showcasing this year, from the universities exhibiting at Forge DevCon.

Technical University of Berlin/Contecht

Lucian Ungureanu

Quality is an inherent aspect of collaboration. The primary purpose of the collaboration is to create trust among stakeholders in an already too-fragmented industry such as Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. At Contecht, we started developing tools on top of Forge to fill two of the gaps related to quality. First, we are developing an app that checks the models uploaded on BIM360 so that users can get insight into which non-geometrical parts fulfill the requirements of a specific life-cycle phase. This app allows the user to define at the project level specific requirements, such as the desired classification (e.g. Uniclass) or specific parameters, and to check if they are included within the model. Secondly, we are developing an app that automates the transfer of documents between BIM360 accounts, eliminating the need to manually perform this operation. This app allows the owner of an account to initiate the transfer and notify the owner of the second account about an incoming transfer, giving them the ability to accept it.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich)

David Bucher

Have you ever wondered how basic research on digital building information modeling to improve coordination and new forms of project execution to manage complex projects in the industrial and development world can interact with the use of Autodesk Forge? Then don't miss your chance to visit the ETH Zürich booth at Forge DevCon. We will present past student research based on the Forge APIs that tries to answer a variety of research questions such as “Review the feasibility of a simplified end-to-end pipeline to automatically reconstruct digital assets of buildings” or “Development of a cloud-based Common Data Environment for purposes of a construction company“. In addition, we would like to give you an insight into our sandbox testing platform where different functionalities will be tested for later use in research projects. The focus lies currently on the functionality of the Viewer and the Model Derivative API for the use of various formats. However, a deep dive into the design automation is planned for the next months and promises a lot. 


Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA)

Ayoub Lharchi

Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is moving toward digitization and automation. Many aspects of the profession are radically changing with the rapid adoption of computational design and simulation tools. This research focuses mainly on assembly in architecture and investigates how can digital tools assist the users to solve complex assembly problems.

Inspired by Design For Assembly (DFA) principles and Building Information Modeling (BIM) concepts, we developed a general design framework – Assembly Information Modeling (AIM) that enables the different stakeholders to plan, sequence, optimize and communicate complex assembly strategies.

Check out the full blog post from CITA here.

Shanghai University

Gang Yu

As an important part of the city, the health of urban infrastructure has a direct impact on carrying urban services. How to solve the problem of automatic collection and identification of urban infrastructure diseases and the automatic determination of health status are challenges in the processes of development of smart cities. We have established UI-HIAS, an intelligent assessment system for urban infrastructure health, which uses the self-developed automatic tracking inspection device as the detection equipment. It uses the principle of magnetic conductivity tracking to control the movement of the device, uses the combined detection of optical sensors and depth sensors to realize the automatic collection of urban structure information. The location, type and parameters of disease are identified by AI algorithm based on video stream and point cloud information, which are accurately expressed by BIM technology. Through mobile technology and augmented reality technology, virtual digital Infrastructure are associated with physical Infrastructure, so as to realize on-site retrospection and interaction of disease information and intuitively and comprehensively display the structural health of the Infrastructure. UI-HIAS has changed the current situation that the inspection and assessment of urban infrastructure health relies too much on manual work, and has realized convenient and refined inspection, disease diagnosis and health assessment of urban infrastructure.

Shanghai University

University of Cincinnati 

Wesley Reed

Our Forge Project is an application that helps an organization keep their floorplans up to date. Users can select lines on a CAD file in the Forge Viewer, place text and line markups, and add notes to request a change be made to the floor plan. A manager can then log in and see that request, make it in AutoCAD, and upload the new drawing. 

We are also working on a mobile app that would allow users to make their change requests from the Forge Viewer on their phone and view their status. Users can also use markups to label the floor plan. One room is a particular executive’s office, another room is a storage closet containing cleaning supplies, and other labels that change frequently. This way, the labels can be kept up to date without requiring changes to the plan in AutoCAD leaving the CAD file itself to just the structure of the building. 

Our project is flexible, and could be adjusted to include any business processes, rules, workflows, or approval processes an organization has.

Syracuse University

Basak Keskin

Our team will be showcasing a proof-of-concept-development with Autodesk Forge for a FAA-funded research on BIM Implementation for Smart Airport Life Cycle Management. Autodesk Forge Responsive Connected Database (RCDB) was used to create a connected working environment for major airport stakeholders in the Operations and Maintenance phase. The conceptual design and prototype of the application were completed in the Autodesk Forge Accelerator event held in Boston in June, 2019. The team has been adding and editing the features of the application according to the industry feedback received by the Massachusetts Capital Programs Digital Technologies Integration Group. The prototype's functionality details are given below. 

The Owner accesses the airport BIM model that includes the critical asset property (e.g. Critical HVAC, Critical BHS, Critical Plumbing) as one of the project parameters and the manufacturer data. BIM360 API is used for access to any federated BIM model that is of interest to the Owner. Accordingly, the Owner can define and visualize the critical asset and get the baseline data coming from the manufacturer’s data. The Owner requires tracking of airport critical assets via sensors and maintaining the sensor data associated with unique asset tags on legacy FM (e.g. CMMS, BAS, BMS) database/s. The Owner also runs the documented-oriented NoSQL database which communicates the legacy FM database/s to connect the sensor data, and the unique asset tags. End-user (i.e., operation team on site) can access to the critical asset groups, their criticalities, real-time sensor data with respect to the baseline value, functional location of the asset, and the asset tag as the unique identifier of the asset.

Check out the full blog post from Syracuse University here.


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