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Auditorium Design System Enables Architects to Quickly Generate 3D Solutions

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Digital Design Solutions LLC was registered in North Dakota in 2009 and provides digital design solutions to a wide range of design professionals. The business develops high-quality, special-purpose digital solutions for design professionals such as architects, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners, using a wide range of digital technologies. These solutions include freestanding software modules, modules for existing software, turnkey services and training in the use of digital technologies.

According to Managing Member, Ganapathy Mahalingam, who is also the head of the software development division,

“Our latest product, the Auditorium Design System, is a professional software tool for busy principal and project architects who want to generate candidate solutions while delegating design development to the design team.”

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Auditorium Design System Enables Architects to Quickly Generate 3D Solutions

  1. 1. P R O F I L E I N S U C C E S S The Auditorium Design System Digital Design Solutions LLC was registered in North Dakota in 2009 and provides digital design solutions to a wide range of design professionals. The business develops high-quality, special-purpose digital solutions for design professionals such as architects, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners, using a wide range of digital technologies. These solutions include freestanding software modules, modules for existing software, turnkey services and training in the use of digital technologies. According to Managing Member, Ganapathy Mahalingam, who is also the head of the software development division, “Our latest product, the Auditorium Design System, is a professional software tool for busy principal and project architects who want to generate candidate solutions while delegating design development to the design team.” “Cincom products are central to our success as a software company. The future, as they say, is wide open.” – Ganapathy Mahalingam Managing Member Project Location: •North Dakota, USA Industry: • Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Major Competitors: • AEC software giants such as Autodesk, Trimble, Bentley and Graphisoft Challenge: • Develop a robust and non-contradictory optimization system that optimizes the acoustical, visual and programmatic parameters while displaying 3D components in 2D. Project Solution: • Cincom Smalltalk™ COMPANY LOGO HERE Auditorium Design System Enables Architects to Quickly Generate 3D Solutions
  2. 2. The Challenge Mahalingam continues, “The main challenge in creating the Auditorium Design System was the development of a robust and non-contradictory optimization system that would optimize the acoustical, visual and programmatic parameters in the generation of the design solution. Object-oriented computing with its message-passing structure was invaluable in achieving this as an algorithm. Another challenge faced was the displaying of 3D components in 2D and the graphic transformation of the image of the auditorium with the changing parameters, which was made possible by the model-view-controller paradigm.” How the System Works Using the Auditorium Design System, architects can generate the initial spatial form of a proscenium-type auditorium based on programmatic and acoustical parameters. The spatial form generated is a 3D wireframe in actual dimensions to be used in 3D modeling or BIM software for design development. The input parameters have been constrained to a range of values that have been established in auditorium design practice as being optimal, so the candidate solution is already optimized for realistic conditions. The software optimizes the various parameters and generates the 3D spatial form of the auditorium, which can be exported as a 3D DXF file. This DXF file can be imported into: • 3D CAD, BIM and modeling software such as AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit and formZ. • Acoustical simulation software such as EASE or ODEON to perform acoustical simulations with the spatial design. Why Cincom Smalltalk for this Project? Digital Design Solutions uses Smalltalk for developing prototype software as a precursor to the development of the deployable applications. Mahalingam says, “I’ve been working with Smalltalk since the days it was part of ParcPlace, so the Cincom® VisualWorks® flavor was a natural choice. The robustness and pure object-orientation of the development environment is great.” Savings in Time and Money He continues, “The incremental development process, where you can leave a task and pick it up later and the ability to work on a kit of parts that come together in the end is indispensable to productivity. Since there is no separate compile and debug time, I could save my code on the go by debugging and compiling it. This saved so much time that I was able to develop the Auditorium Design System working alone, thereby saving money as well!” Cincom Is the “Stable Core” Since Digital Design Solutions’ motto is On Demand Design, it is extremely important that the company provide reliable software products to its customers. According to Mahalingam, “Cincom Smalltalk is essential to the reliability of the products we have developed. “Cincom products are central to our success as a software company. They are the stable core for the products we have developed and plan on developing. The future, as they say, is wide open.” World Headquarters • Cincinnati, OH USA • US 1-800-224-6266 • info@cincom.com • cincom.com/contact-us Cincom, the Quadrant Logo, Cincom Smalltalk and VisualWorks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cincom Systems, Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies. © 2017 Cincom Systems, Inc. Printed in U.S.A. All Rights Reserved FORM CSTGB1703009 10/17

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