Design Tools, BIM, Open Data Platform, Artificial Intelligence, and Code Compliance

Issue #27

I’m Vignesh Kaushik. I curate and write articles on Thank God It’s Computational to help architects, designers, and urban planners leverage cutting-edge technologies on AEC projects.

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vrbn MasterPlanner • A Planning Tool For Urban Design


The vrbn MasterPlanner is a revolutionary planning tool for urban design for professional use by city planners, urban designers and architects. The tool allows iterative design of cities, districts or sites during the strategic project phase. The vrbn MasterPlanner is an add-on for CityEngine.

IFC • 10 Things You May Not Know 


This is a short post, to elicit discussion. It was written in the context of IFC-bashing and people insisting that only the use of proprietary data formats gives reliable results.

OpenGov • Make Informed Data-Driven Decisions 


Easily communicate financial and performance data to improve alignment and proactively identify areas for attention. Transform raw data into intuitive charts, graphs, maps, and more to drive accountability and improve understanding among the public and staff alike.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic 


Computer Scientists at NTU, Singapore have developed a new intelligent routing algorithm that attempts to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams. As it turns out, only 10 percent of cars in a network need to be driving according to the optimizations for those optimizations to have a positive effect on the entire network.

UpCodes • Deliver Code Compliant Buildings 


Custom filters allow you to search across multiple publications or focus on singular codes. Codes are organized by state and jurisdiction to provide a full understanding of the applicable codes for your project. Machine learning and data analysis help bring the most pertinent section to your attention.