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Digital Blue Foam, a web-based tool to support early-stage building design and automate feasibility analysis, was unveiled today at a global gathering of leading architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies.

Digital Blue Foam co-founders Camiel Weijenberg and Professor Sayjel Vijay Patel said at the global launch: “We are excited to introduce Digital Blue Foam at this year’s Graphisoft conference where the world’s AEC opinion leaders have gathered.

The AEC industry is not efficient and uses only a fraction of the data available at the early design stage. Determining the brief, building massing, unit-mix, access, solar, access, orientation, requires many manual design iterations. Troves of relevant site and construction data are available online. The task of researching and translating this data into a building proposal remains time-consuming and too often guided by the architect’s intuition rather than science and method. Digital Blue Foam can be used in these situations to quickly develop and visualize economically and environmentally viable solutions which cater to local needs and demands.”

Here are the key features and benefits of Digital Blue Foam:

Data-Driven Feasibility Analysis

Digital Blue Foam uses contextual data gathered from the web to inform the design process, and improve design outcomes by foregrounding decisions related to livability, construction cost, and environmental performance early in the design process.

BIM Automation

Digital Blue Foam’s proprietary API allows designs created on the web to be automatically streamed to BIM, reducing time for a design study by 50-98% based on initial user testing.

Web-Based Generative Design

Rather than become expert 3D modellers, designers now can steer the design process, and instantly output design studies using the generative design functions implemented with Digital Blue Foam.

Digital Blue Foam aims to provide a web-based, centralized, user-friendly platform that is accessible to and usable by designers and non-designers. It will integrate all sustainability considerations under one roof and allow for cross-platform integration.

After the early-stage of design, the proposal can then be taken offline for further development, where again the majority of the work is automated through Digital Blue Foam’s desktop application. For designers, architects, and developers, who often need to work together to make a high-rise project a reality, Digital Blue Foam will save considerable time and lead to superior results.