Utilising digital environments and tools like BIM offers excellent opportunities to make meaningful stakeholder and public engagement not only possible, but also cost effective. People power is essential for getting necessary change and radical design innovations adopted, but to participate in innovation people need to be informed.
To help the firm make full use of, and shape the development of the most useful digital environments tools, Arup’s Foresight + Research + Innovation group is engaged in an ongoing review of new design software and innovative applications of existing software. More than simple desk research, the review involves testing and using a range of applications in collaboration with academics, as well as conducting in-depth discussions with suppliers, talking to other users and participating in conferences and ideas workshops.
The vision of the Future Tools programme is to move beyond the now proven benefits of component-based modelling (coordinated and up-to-date design information) and to harness the benefits of digital tools that can involve clients and other stakeholders in the design process. We are not advocating co-design, but we do strongly believe that giving people the chance to experience, understand and support proposals is essential for achieving change and innovation in the built environment.
The Future Tools programme includes the industrial supervision of PhD candidates. For example, 3D repository: Cloud Based computational framework for the management of 3D by Jozef Dobos and Hiersynth: a computational framework to unify masterplanning by Dr. David Birch