Digital Practice

Generative Design

Generative Design

The challenges of moving from initial design idea to a buildable solution have increased significantly in the current practice due to the emergence of new architectural forms, along with increased expectations for performance, quality, and value.  We use advanced computational tools to study possible scenarios and to rationalize the abstract.  Traditionally, these tools exist deep within disciplinary silos and are not readily leveraged beyond the expert. Our diverse team of engineers and innovators are able to bridge these silos by developing multi-discipline, digital workflows early on and leveraging data flow between our advanced computational tools, all to support our design partners.  Our goal is to generate valuable feedback loops that help the team arrive at the best overall solution that preserves the original design intent while achieving other conditions of satisfaction like constructability, building performance, environmental stewardship, and life cycle cost.

Aurora Sculpture

Walter P Moore provides design services to all manner of structures, including interactive museum exhibits and artwork. On a recent project, we provided design input for a sculptural installation. The effort evolved into a wonderfully integrated process with the artist to develop the final shape, size, and configuration of the sculpture.

Confidential Aviation Project

Aviation projects provide a great opportunity to leverage digital workflows with their soaring roofs and geometrically complex enclosures. We currently are providing diagnostics and structural and façade engineering services for a new terminal where generative design served as the backbone of our delivery. Our workflow leveraged a common geometry model for all services resulting in a very fluid process where we could rapidly adapt the design to new inputs.

Confidential Sports Project

Currently providing Façade Engineering services on a professional sports arena, our team worked closely with the architect to transform the original design models into constructible systems by digitally rationalizing the underlying geometry into developable surfaces that could be sub-divided readily into flat panels.  Walter P Moore quickly generated and assessed hundreds of combinations of exterior forms, backup steel configurations, and varying façade modules at both technical and aesthetic levels, ensuring code-compliance and cost and performance that are within project requirements. At the same time, since these assessments are made within our BIMs, quantities such as piece counts, tonnages, and areas are quickly collected and reported visually for our project teammates. Our abilities in generative design enable this rapid “optioneering” and help the entire team ensure that the final selected solution can be constructed on time and within budget.