AI tool speeds up generative design

Illustratoion of TestFit's generative design tool in action
With parameters set, the user can easily work out the most efficient use of space using the TestFit Generative Design tool

An AI tool that speeds up generative design has been launched.

The Generative Design tool from Dallas-based TestFit is said to be the first of its kind for architecture, especially for commodity buildings. Most current generative design software caters to smaller-scale production like manufacturing and industrial design, but the new tool works for sites of all sizes, from multi-family developments to industrial buildings, TestFit claims.

Clifton Harness, chief executive and co-founder of TestFit, said: “Real estate development is innately bespoke. Every piece of land is unique, requiring every building to be a prototype. While experience and local knowledge can be applied to decision-making, with Generative Design, a machine can test every possible configuration, including what we would never even think to try.”

Traditionally, generative design requires a deep expertise in complex computational algorithms, he said. “But with the new tool, users can easily define the targets they need with filters like floor area ratio, parking ratio, and yield on cost, to find the best option for their specific needs.

“TestFit Generative Design begins your project with a goal, allowing you to start with an optimised site plan. We believe this approach enhances both productivity and creativity,” Harness said.

Laura Paciano, senior vice-president of growth at TestFit, added: “We’re providing users with the ability to explore a multitude of design possibilities in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional methods. In an era of land scarcity and escalating housing demand, our new tool promises better and more efficient use for every site.”

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