Answering Common Questions about DesignFlow

DesignFlow brings design software interoperability to construction projects, without asking designers to change anything in the way they work.

Mikko
aecmaster

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DesignFlow is the first zero-coding design model interoperability solution for the construction industry. This article will answer commonly occurring questions about DesignFlow.

  • What is DesignFlow?
  • Is DesignFlow a design software?
  • Can I make design changes through DesignFlow?
  • How is DesignFlow different from Speckle?
  • How is DesigFlow different from Bhom?
  • Why does DesignFlow focus on providing a “zero-code” experience?
  • Is parametric design possible in DesignFlow?
  • Why is DesignFlow not open-source?

Each of these questions will be answered in the below sections.

What is DesignFlow?

aecmaster DesignFlow is a software interoperability solution for the construction industry. DesignFlow makes seamless interoperability, version control, and other mission-critical computational features available for construction projects of all sizes.

Is DesignFlow a design software?

No, DesignFlow focuses on design software interoperability while allowing designers to continue to work on their preferred design software without making any changes to their workflow.

Can I make design changes through DesignFlow?

No, design changes can only be made through a supported design software (e.g., Archicad or Tekla). We believe that designers should be able to do all their work with the design software they are already using and are familiar with.

In terms of those stakeholders that are not already using design software, they should probably not be making design changes anyways.

How is DesignFlow different from Speckle?

Whereas Speckle, according to their communications, is “built for programmers,” DesignFlow is built for designers and design managers.

Whereas Speckle requires programming skills and other specialized knowledge, DesignFlow does not require any new skills or knowledge and does not ask designers to change anything in their way of work.

Whereas organizations using Speckle are heavily relying on construction designers with programming skills and specialized knowledge, DesignFlow does not require any organizational changes and doesn’t create new mission-critical dependencies.

Whereas Speckle is generally speaking feasible only for very large projects, DesignFlow can be readily used for projects of any size.

How is DesignFlow different from Bhom?

Whereas Bhom, according to their communications, is a compromise between the needs of designers and programmers, DesignFlow makes no compromises regarding the needs of designers.

Whereas Bhom requires programming skills and other specialized knowledge, DesignFlow does not require any new skills or knowledge and does not ask designers to change anything in their way of work.

Whereas organizations using Bhom still rely on construction designers with programming skills and specialized knowledge, DesignFlow does not require any organizational changes and doesn’t create new mission-critical dependencies.

Whereas Bhom is generally speaking feasible only for very large projects, DesignFlow can be readily used for projects of any size.

Why does DesignFlow focus on providing a “zero-code” experience?

Less than 1% of all construction designers know how to program. Academic institutions where future construction designers are trained have not widely included programming as a major focus in their curriculums. Construction design approaches requiring programming are only as feasible as the immediate and near-future availability of construction designers with programming skills.

Is parametric design possible in DesignFlow?

DesignFlow does not limit designers from using available features in the design software they are already using. So, for example, Archicad users can use its built-in parametric object design tool PARAM-O and still fully leverage DesignFlow’s interoperability and other features. We believe that all major design software will eventually offer their users zero-code parametric design capabilities.

Why is DesignFlow not open-source?

While there are many benefits from a given software being open-source, there are no major open-source success stories outside of the actual software engineering industry. There is a good reason for this; it requires a great number of highly talented software engineers with a high level of domain knowledge (e.g., construction design) dedicated to an open-source project in order for that project to be successful in a given industry such as the construction industry.

Our mission is to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers. Proprietary software is the proven method to accomplish this goal.

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Mikko
aecmaster

Worked with machine intelligence for 15 years, and built the interwebs for 25. Nothing here is my own.