Process Visualization, Communication and Collaboration in Design Teams

Computer‐Aided Design (CAD) systems have matured into comprehensive environments that enable designers to efficiently represent and refine their designs. Parametric modeling, in which a design can be easily altered after it is made, is a major recent development in the building sector of the CAD industry. Bentley's Generative Components (GC) is one such system. It implements a suite of tools that supports designers in developing adaptable part libraries, in configuring designs to fit context and in reusing design work across projects. This project with Bentley Systems, Incorporated, developers of engineering, design and CAD software, aims at improvements in a key aspect of GC and at new knowledge of algorithms and interfaces for design systems. Specifically, it will combine transactions and scripting to better enable designers to communicate, share and reuse their work within design teams. The result will be increased designer capability in adapting and refining design ideas within and across projects.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Robert Woodbury


Davis Marques, Karine Kozlova, Roham Sheikholeslami, Maryam Maleki


Bentley Systems Incorporated


Interactive arts and technology


Digital media


Simon Fraser University



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