Microdesk Comes Out on Top at beyondAEC Hackathon

for the Second Year in a Row

Microdesk was a gold-level sponsor of the beyondAEC Hackathon that took place in Boston over the weekend of July 20th. Attendees took part in a 24-hour Hackathon aimed at solving some of the big problems the AEC industry is faced with. They were tasked with thinking of how new approaches can be developed to propel the AEC industry beyond its current antiquated methods. The result, a multitude of teams striving to provide ideas and solutions to help architects, engineers, and contractors work smarter and bring more value to the wider world.

Two of Microdesk’s very own consultants participated in the beyondAEC Hackathon. Eric Rudisaile, Application Developer for RevitAPI + Dynamo, was a member of team HyparPro-DUCTive which was given the “Best use of Technology” award. His team consisted of a number of different industry professionals who worked to provide an efficient solution for ductwork layouts. “Early design phase ductwork layouts are almost non-existent, and design decisions that save time are best explored and implemented as early in the design process as possible”, Rudisaile comments. Over the course of the 24-hour Hackathon they utilized new cloud-hosted “Hypar” to generate multiple versions of a building, each automatically populated with ductwork created, drawn and sized using various algorithms.

Justin Davis, an Architectural Solution Specialist at Microdesk, was a member of Team Palette and came away with the “Best Use of Data” award. Team Palette was in search of a solution to provide cost estimates early in the design process to limit the amount of designer’s work that gets turned down due to budget constraints. They developed a dashboard that allowed designers to upload their BIM models and assign options of materials and methods to building element to see cost impacts for a project.

It is critical that the AEC industry continues to find more efficient solutions to problems as we face rapid urbanization in today’s-built world. Microdesk is happy to support beyondAEC and its mission to bring together like-minded industry professionals to continue to evolve and adapt the technology, tools, and processes of the AEC industry.