Ramboll develops generative design tool for site appraisal

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SiteSolve can help developers understand the potential of sites or help architects carry out early phase design work

SiteSolve is a new generative design platform from engineering and architecture consultancy Ramboll for early stage residential massing ‘optioneering’. The software can help developers understand the potential of sites or help architects carry out early phase design work.

SiteSolve can be used to explore new ideas through the automatic generation of hundreds or thousands of random massing arrangements, or to create and tweak designs with the key area data instantly updated. The software also has engineering insight embedded, so teams can progress the design with more confidence that fire, vertical transport and M&E requirements have been considered.

Other features include: quick capacity studies, the ability to define apartment mixes, data to inform cost, optimised apartment packing, and core analysis.

Grant Briggs, an architect in Ramboll Norway and early adopter of SiteSolve, has been using the software to quickly evaluate development potential and to visually explore how the massing of varied heights and volumes would look on the site.

“SiteSolve adds value for clients as we can generate and evaluate many more solutions in a given time than previously possible,” he stated in a recent interview. “In theory, the greater the number of options we consider, the closer we should come to an optimal solution. It also lets us operate with key information about areas, heights and volumes at an earlier stage and [to] have this information available for the client earlier.”

SiteSolve was also used to help the Housing Strategy Team at Transport for London (TfL) understand the potential number of homes that could be released for development in key locations in London through the investment of infrastructure routes.

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