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Developing an Ecosystem of Cloud-Native Tools for Human-Centric Design with Atkins

Developing an Ecosystem of Cloud-Native Tools for Human-Centric Design with Atkins

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Human-centric design is the holistic approach to the design of spaces and cities that accounts for occupant health and wellbeing, microclimate, and long-term adaptations to our changing climate and extreme weather events.

Atkins has been leveraging cloud-native design and simulation tools, such as SimScale, to develop an ecosystem of advanced applications for optimizing the human-centric design aspects of their projects. These include outdoor comfort apps that predict the Universal Thermal Comfort Index (UTCI) using the API in SimScale, as well as others that predict energy, water use, and carbon savings over the lifetime of buildings and structures.

In this webinar and panel discussion, Atkins shows how they are implementing advanced concepts in design thinking, physics-based simulation, and big data techniques to leverage unique insights for creating a more sustainable built environment.

Meet your presenters

Dr. Avgousta Stanitsa

Senior Design Researcher

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Avgousta Stanitsa is a qualified architect, working within Atkins’ Building Design Research & Innovation team, focusing on environmental design, and digital innovation. Avgousta is also a PhD candidate in Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods within Cranfield University, exploring how design impacts human experiences and how novel approaches could be leveraged, informing decision-making processes.

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Ruth Hynes

Associate Design Researcher

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Ruth Hynes is an Associate Design Researcher with Atkins’ Building Design, Research & Innovation team. Ruth has a background in architecture and her work focuses on wellbeing in the built environment, using applied research to better understand how buildings shape people’s experience. Ruth has experience working on a diverse range of design projects and leads the development and application of Atkins’ Human-Centered Design toolkit.


Richard Szoeke-Schuller

Product Manager

With a background in applied mathematics and mechanical engineering, Richard is a valuable member of the Product Management Team at SimScale. He and his team constantly try and make SimScale a better fit for every engineer in the world.

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About SimScale

SimScale is the world’s first cloud-native SaaS engineering simulation platform, giving engineers and designers immediate access to digital prototyping early in the design stage, throughout the entire R&D cycle, and across the entire enterprise. By providing instant access to a single fluid, thermal, and structural simulation tool built on the latest cloud computing technology, SimScale has moved high-fidelity physics simulation technology from a complex and cost-prohibitive desktop application to a user-friendly web application, accessible to any designer and engineer in the world.