This article takes a look at the application of a sophisticated computational technology to a specific aspect of AEC: the design and development of a building site. The technology is called evolutionary computing, and it is a subset of the field of artificial intelligence that involves combinatorial optimization problems, where optimization is the process of finding the most effective solutions to a problem given a set of constraints. Optimization techniques are being used in many industries such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, automotive engineering, national security, and so on to develop more intelligent and sophisticated problem-solving applications related to those fields.
The application that has been developed to apply this technology to the field of site design and land development is called SITEOPS.
Lachmi Khemlani is founder and editor of AECbytes. She has a Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, specializing in intelligent building modeling, and consults and writes on AEC technology. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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