FLUX Factory offers a primer on seamless modeling data transfer

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The Facades+ conference series returns to New York City this month. (Bud Ellison / Flickr)

The Facades+ conference series returns to New York City this month. (Bud Ellison / Flickr)

The proliferation of digital modeling platforms can sometimes seem like too much of a good thing, particularly when transferring data from one environment to another requires complicated back-end manipulations.

Facades+ lab workshop attendees gain hands-on exposure to new tools and techniques. (AN / Flickr)

Facades+ lab workshop attendees gain hands-on exposure to new tools and techniques. (AN / Flickr)

For those of us without a background in coding, FLUX Factory‘s Charles Portelli and Karl Garske are offering hands-on instruction in “Seamless Exchange of Geometry & Data: Analysis & Modeling via Flux” in a lab workshop at this month’s Facades+ NYC conference.

The workshop “deals with interoperability between multiple modeling applications,” explained Portelli. Flux facilitates data exchange among applications including Grasshopper and Excel using native plug-ins, putting users “in an environment they’re familiar with, so they can just start transferring data and geometry,” he said. In addition to helping participants manipulate geometry and data across platforms, Portelli and Garske will also introduce cloud processing features. Cloud compatibility means that users “don’t have to use desktops to run time-consuming tasks” including view analysis (sky exposure, solar radiation, shadow study) said Portelli.

Workshop attendees will model a building from scratch using Grasshopper, Excel, Flux, and Revit. Portelli, who has attended previous Facades+ conferences but is serving as a workshop instructor for the first time, is hoping “to have people be enthusiastic” about the seamless data transfer enabled by Flux. More generally, he also looks forward to hearing “people’s feedback and comments with regard to the AEC industry, including what it’s lacking.”

“Seamless Exchange of Geometry & Data” is just one of several lab workshops on offer at Facades+NYC. Others include:

  • “Advanced Facade Analysis, Rationalization, and Production,” with Daniel Segraves of Thornton Tomasetti CORE Studio

Workshops are limited in size—sign up today to reserve your spot.

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