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.
Senior Design Researcher
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.
Associate Design Researcher
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.
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.
“The SimScale platform has allowed us to develop and test scenarios including ventilation flow paths and understanding the dynamics between building fabric, airtightness, window natural ventilation design, and CO2 concentrations in various utilisation scenarios. The platform has given us quality, visually digestible output to inform decision-making and to compare results against our monitored data from our extensive post-occupancy studies. Working with SimScale has allowed us to study our learning spaces in a way we never have before. It has helped inform us on which design strategies may provide the biggest impact on performance. The visual outputs have real value, not just in terms of informing our decision-making, but potentially in communicating how classrooms can work and feel to clients and stakeholders.”
“Smartlouvre decided to recruit the expertise of SimScale because SimScale recognized the unique nature of the product and the fact that its performance was complex and challenging to simulate. SimScale’s expertise in the architecture, engineering, and construction sector meant they had a clear appreciation of all the challenges with simulating MicroLouvre performance criteria.”
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.
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