SandBOX is the latest generation of interactive design tools developed by the Applied R+D group. It takes advantage of recently developed games engines and is designed to be easy to set up and use in practice by designers. its integrated in the deign process at different scales from interiors and floorplates, through buildings, to masterplans.
Interoperability describes the use of multiple discrete technologies to create a cohesive digital artefact or workflow. At Foster + Partners our multi-disciplinary integrated design approach demands this tight integration throughout the design process, from conception to completion. To that end, not only have the Applied R+D group developed bespoke software such as our Hermes system; we also have been working closely with industry partners to test and investigate the use of collaborative platforms that break down boundaries between 3D design and visualisation by enabling a seamless interface between these two disciplines. These tools allow our designers and artists to collaborate on the same scene while working independently on their software of choice. Multiple design changes can be visualised simultaneously in real-time, allowing design options to be reviewed in parallel for faster design cycles.
The IPM system is designed to break down the barriers between physical and digital modelling. By tracking a physical model as it is manipulated in real time, key metrics can be calculated on a linked digital model, allowing intuitive yet informed decision making, and the capture of design options as they evolve.
The bespoke IME is an application developed in collaboration with the Urban Design team. It provides a tangible interface that allows the real time design development and analysis of Urban Schemes. The analyses include CFD, Insolation, Vertical Sky Component, Pedestrian Simulation and Isovists.
Hermes is a system developed at Foster + Partners for exchanging design data in real time between different software applications, computers, design disciplines and locations around the world. Hermes is a web application with client plugins for our CAD, BIM, interactive and business applications allowing for seamless collaboration. This facilitates our multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to design, improving coordination and accelerating design and analysis.