To explain it simply, generative design identifies what design is best suited to a specific location - and generative construction identifies the best way to build it, making the most efficient use of project resources (labor, equipment, and materials).
Similar to the relationship between generative design and generative construction, design optioneering (in which designers create multiple variations of a proposal, in order to evaluate their effectiveness in meeting previously-established design performance criteria) has shaped the evolution of construction optioneering (in which multiple project plans and timelines are created and analyzed against project delivery requirements and outcomes).
Generative construction focuses on the build process itself, by modeling construction and scheduling solutions specific to the real-time needs of the project. In a complex environment, this allows near-instantaneous evaluation of potential adjustments to project scheduling, sequencing, and resource allocation - all elements crucial to effective construction optioneering.
The entire process is iterative. The use of generative construction software reveals myriad potential pathways forward, which accurately inform efficient optioneering for complex construction projects. Once an optimized option is selected, the ideal approach can be continuously reassessed throughout the project lifecycle - allowing GCs to flex and adjust to meet real-time progression and onsite conditions.
How is all of this accomplished?
Historically, generative building was deemed impossible, due to the complexity of even the most simple construction projects. But technological advancements spearheaded by ALICE Technologies have demonstrated how digitization into a unified platform enables generative construction through parametrization - transforming the complex interdependencies of building and development into an algorithmic equation.
ALICE’s AI-based generative construction software then uses this equation to model millions of potential scenarios, allowing GCs to optimize their approach to satisfy project parameters and prioritize their desired outcomes.
What does all of this mean to today’s GC?
GCs often rely on their own experience - a combination of intuitive and historical knowledge - in order to guide their projects toward success. But that often requires taking a leap of faith, as large-scale projects are immensely complex, and involve layers of interdependent work. When contractors rely on assumptions about what is possible - significant opportunities may be left on the table.
The impact of iterative design for engineering and architecture is very limited, and usually focuses on solving a specific problem - for example, the adjustment of a facade, roofline, or building footprint. While this can be very useful (as demonstrated by this case study on WeWork’s use of generative design to optimize their workspaces), when generative technology is applied effectively to construction optioneering, it includes the entire project - optimizing the use of materials, labor, equipment, and other resources, as well as improving the process of construction itself. It can even be used to optimize for carbon emissions, paving the way for more sustainable construction.
ALICE’s generative construction software enables accurate and comprehensive construction optioneering, by using powerful AI to assess all possible scenarios and pathways forward - from any point in a given project. ALICE crunches the data, analyzing millions of options in a matter of minutes, to reveal previously undetected possibilities for improvement.
ALICE’s Generative Construction Software
- Enables creation and evaluation of iterative scheduling
- Allows visualization of build approach
- Streamlines design adjustments
- Supports maximization of site space and usage
- Optimizes sequencing of build
- Maximizes labor, equipment, and resource allocation
- Enables swift onsite realignment to best-case scenarios
The true value unlocked via generative construction is the ability to quickly and efficiently adjust to changing conditions with confidence that your decisions are well-informed. Risks can be addressed proactively, and changes enacted swiftly - avoiding delays. Reorganization of resource allocation reduces waste and increases profits. And more efficient sequencing allows GCs to optimize for achievement of milestones, while observing safety and quality constraints.
When it comes to construction optioneering for complex build projects - the more options GCs have to choose from, the better their projects will perform. Request your demo today, to learn more about how ALICE Technologies’ generative construction software unlocks the power of choice.