A Compelling Shift in Computational Design Training

18 April 2024Computational Design, Services & Support, UncategorizedAEC, Applied Software, BIM, computational design, custom, Design, design automation, digital transformation, Graitec, revit, training




Written in collaboration with Clint Sirko

The AEC design industry continues to face important transitions, and they may prove to be bigger than the transition from 2D lines, arcs and circles to 3D and BIM. I recall an architect’s comment as he strode from a Revit training class, “This transition is great! Designing in Revit is like having four drafters behind me doing all the tedious work.”

The evolution of design is affecting how we think about solving design challenges through computational design. Maybe your company has already investigated how you can leverage computational design to solve your design challenges more quickly and efficiently. And if you’re going to accomplish that, your company’s mindset needs to evolve as well. By applying tools like Autodesk Dynamo and Rhino, designers are leveraging computational language and logic to solve design problems and automate processes.

As change continues to sweep through the industry, there have been shifts in remote meetings, remote work, and remote training. But transitions rarely happen without disruption.

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One of the disruptions that promises to make your life better is the overhaul and improvement in the remote training experience. Stuffy training has seen years of decline.

Along with the major shift in the design thought process, companies need a shift in the ways their teams are empowered in that transition. The next great shift is here, and computational design is the destination.

In the early 2000s, visionaries flocked to in-person classroom training to learn how to model instead of draw. Today’s visionaries are interested in quickly adapting their teams through targeted practical training and hands-on application to reinforce it.

Modern training approach

LS3P Associates, a multidisciplinary firm offering architecture, interiors and planning services nationwide, was one of the companies looking for an improved computational design training experience for its personnel.

LS3P chose Applied Software to take part in an enhanced method of customized training. As Darrell Puffer, Architect and Associate Principal with LS3P, explained at the time, “There’s a lot of possibility when you dig into something a little deeper.”

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The enhanced approach Applied Software, GRAITEC Group employed:

  • Focus on content customized to the needs of the client.
  • Provide indepth training on specific subject matter.
  • Reinforce learning with hands-on practical application.

In addition to being more meaningful to the company and its users, this approach provides excellent retention of skills. “These courses are usually pretty dry. To have [this approach] is a great model . . . and beneficial to the team,” Darrell said after the training.

Likewise, an international architectural, engineering and planning firm was interested in steering away from non-engaging instructor-led training. Autodesk, Applied Software and Marcello Sgambelluri joined forces to provide Dynamo training to the company, with a mission to rewrite the book on lecture-style presentation. It worked in an amazing way. Accompanied by the shift to remote learning, this was “just what the doctor ordered.”

Not the training you’ve fallen asleep in

The leading provider of computational design solutions, Applied Software, GRAITEC Group has built a team of industry thought leaders that companies can consult with as they investigate options for using computational design. The team works alongside customers to lead the next big transition in the industry.

“With a shift in design as big as this, we needed to turn training on its head.” – Marcello Sgambelluri

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Three phases of training

AssessDiscovery and preparation sessions enable assessment of the present needs and goals the company and its users have for training.

Train – Highly participatory training focuses on the customer’s workflow and specific design needs and challenges, which were determined during the “assess” phase. Training content is tailored to the customer’s needs.

Solve – This working session is an opportunity for more indepth proficiencies, where users get to apply the skills they have learned. Here they will solve a real work problem. The goal at the end of this phase is to have a functioning solution the company can use going forward.


If your company is ready to leverage computational design to solve your design challenges more quickly and efficiently, now is the time for a compelling shift in computational design training.

Is your company ready for a training transition? For more information about highly participatory training that results in a usable work product, contact Applied Software, GRAITEC Group today and talk to a training specialist.




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