SITEOPS: Applying Optimization Technology to Site Design

This article takes a look at SITEOPS, an application that applies sophisticated optimization technology to the design and development of a building site. Land developers and civil engineers can provide a set of parameters, and SITEOPS will deliver 3 to 5 site designs in DWG format within 24 to 48 hours, providing the optimal layout, grading and storm water drainage options with accurate and detailed cost estimates.


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  1. Back when I was in architecture school, there were only mainframes. But I had a course in using computers in architecture nevertheless. My big project was using well known procedures (in mathematical circles anyway) to optimize sites and buildings. The math techniques are known as linear programming, integer programming and the transportation method. You can google these terms. The zoning constraints of NYC are a classic linear programming problem; space planning is an integer program and site design optimization can be solved by the transportation method.

    I never persued these concepts beyond the classroom, but I am not suprised, given the computing power available today, that someone else has discovered that architecture can make good use of these techniques.

    I venture to guess that SITEOPS is a front end to one of these operations management algorithms. A lot of research and development has gone into operations research since I was in school. Incidentally, programs can be found free or at a low cost around the web.

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