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Smartgeometry: The Bentley Talk

Why does Bentley sponsor the Smartgeometry conference? What does the future of Generative Components look like? We talk about some of that here.

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Makai’s Talk –

As we noted above there are lots of comments captured on Twitter from Bentley’s talk. We wanted to draw your attention to a few items from Makai’s part of the session. He spoke about a “diffusion of innovation”…the rate at which innovations are spread out or in use by others.


Tools like Generative Components are still in minority use. Makai said there are things that Foster and Partners have been doing for a decade now that are still not in use within the overall industry. The industry still looks like the right side of a slide Makai put up (see image 02 above). In it you see a circa 1970 practice and next to it a practice today. Not much has changed. We are still making drawings.

But practice will change and is changing now. Generative design finds forms more fit for purpose. It allows architects to explore an infinite variability and to do previously impractical things. There are new roles in contemporary practices today (see upcoming Symposium coverage) and there will be role-reversals.

Future of GC

Makai Smith says that the future of GC is bright. It will soon include Luxology’s (modo) rendering technology, because visualization is very key to GC output. GC will also evolve into a hybrid modeling environment (ie: a mixture of direct modeling and parametric modeling) fully scriptable with Dot Net integration.

Broadly speaking, GC today is an “enabler of computationally large-scale projects” that fit within the overall Bentley portfolio sphere of addressability. Bentley Generative Components is free software and can run on either Windows PC computers or Apple Mac computers running Windows in Boot Camp mode.

To learn more visit here. You an also download the software at that same link.

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Reader Comments

  1. Back in 2008, in August, Luxology announced a Bentley partnership regarding their Nexus architecture. The comment on page 2 of this article is about modo’s rendering engine finding its way into the future of Generative Components.

    I don’t know if that would mean that you could export your GC model into a native modo file format as well. That would be nice for shops on the Mac because they could then finish out rendering jobs on modo on the Mac.

  2. Here is the reference:

  3. Luxology will also be at Bentley’s Be Together Conference in late May, according to a partner posting on its main website.

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