DESIGNTECH DYNAWARDS – THE RESULTS

June 2nd, 2017 Posted by BIM, Dynamo, Revit, Survey 0 comments on “DESIGNTECH DYNAWARDS – THE RESULTS”

Over the past four weeks or so we have been requesting the Dynamo Community to vote on their favourite and most used packages, created by other members of the community. We had a great response with a total of 210 people voting for 41 nominees across the 8 different awards up for grabs.

I would like to personally thank everyone who took part and a massive thanks to those few who contributed further to the prize fund we set up. The intention behind the awards was to recognise some of the great work done by many of the fellow Dynamo-ers out there, but above all was meant to be abit of fun in our industry.

I would love this to become a yearly occurrence now, so I encourage everyone to keep contributing to Dynamo and who knows, your package could feature on the nominees next year.  Since we started this there has been a number of new packages released and others that didn’t make the cut this year that could well be in the running next year – Dynashape, DynaTools, Bimorph, Prorubim, Maxymo, Firefly, Modelical, Celery. I will be asking the 8 winners of this year’s awards to help me select the nominees for next year (let’s hope they say yes!).

The Results

Below are the results for each award and their respective winners.

Big Hitters

This award contained packages from some of the most active members of the Dynamo community. In particular the number of custom nodes within each package far exceeds all others and in my opinion this was the hardest choice to single one out as the best.

The winner for this award was archi-lab.net created by Konrad Sobon. In the early days of Dynamo, Konrad did some great work extending the capability of connecting to the Revit API with many of his nodes, which I’m sure have helped many conquer those laborious tasks usually done in Revit. I was lucky enough to work with Konrad during my time at Grimshaw and he’s a good a friend as he was colleague. He recently moved to HOK, and I can only imagine he will continue to do great things there for them. 

Twitter: @arch_laboratory

Analysis

This award contained packages that aided in using Dynamo to perform analysis. Personally I only have experience using two of the packages in this category and they were both created by the same author so I am pleased to see that he has managed to win.

The winner for this award was Ladybug created by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari. I have never had the pleasure of meeting Mostapha but some of the work he has done in both Grasshopper and Dynamo is amazing so I am pleased that has been recognised. 

Twitter: @__Mostapha__

Discipline Specific

This award contained packages that were geared to particular disciplines within our industry. I remember a few years back a discussion on the forum about the use of Dynamo only being for ‘Spaghetti Buildings’ and these packages help to alleviate that theory by helping to introduce workflows in all areas of the AEC industry. 

The winner for this award was DynamoMEP created by Simon Moreau. Personally, when working across disciplines on larger projects I have found this package very useful for working with both Rooms and Spaces.  Simon also does some great work in developing Revit plug-ins that are available on the Autodesk app store so I’m sure he found building his own Dynamo package a walk in the park. 

Twitter: @bim42

Geometry

This award contained packages that were geared to helping with geometry. The winner of this award received the highest percentage margin than any other package so deserves special recognition for that.

The winner for this award was Synthesize Toolkit created by Karam Baki. This package contains nodes for working with both voronoi and delaunay patterns along with importing/exporting nodes for Fusion 360 with Revit to create fluid and organic forms from t-splines in Fusion 360.

Twitter: @karambaki

Interop

This award contained packages that were built primarily to connect Dynamo to other tools aside from Revit. Similar to the nominees in the big hitters category these 5 nominees are all great in my opinion and each could have easily got my vote. 

The winner for this award was Rhynamo created by Nate Miller. Rhynamo is an open source node library for reading and writing Rhino 3DM files. Rhynamo uses McNeel’s OpenNURBS library to expose new nodes for translating Rhino geometry for use within Dynamo. I worked alongside Nate along time ago whilst I was at AECOM and he was working for CASE at the time. I’ve always had a great amount of respect for the work he does and I am pleased to see he is making a success out of his consultancy company, Proving Ground. 

Twitter: @archinate

Production

This award contained packages that were built primarily to aid in production workflows in Revit. When we decided on the nominees for all of these awards I personally thought there could only be one winner for this award and its good to see it triumphed successfully. 

The winner for this award was Data-Shapes created by Mostafa El Ayoubi. On the introduction of the Dynamo Player, Autodesk opened up the ability for non-Dynamo users to implement Dynamo scripts. The issue was this was only a click and run solution and users were unable to define inputs which many scripts needed to run successfully. Step forward Mostafa and the amazing work he did in Data-Shapes creating a UI for Dynamo Player. This has completely revolutionised how many utilise Dynamo in their own offices and is truly some outstanding work.

Twitter: @data_shapes

Novelty

This award contained packages that were built for so-called ‘novelty’ purposes. Whilst each package is very useful in its own right, they are completely individual and unless utilised specifically for a particular workflow, many people may not use these packages as often as some of the others in the other categories. 

The winner for this award was Dynanimator created by Havard Vasshaug (Project Lead) and others (Julien Benoit, Andreas Dieckmann, Fabian Ritter, Ian Siegel) as part of a Hackathon at Autodesk University in 2014. If you have not used this package before I highly recommend it, as it helps to automatically produce images between a set of Revit model changes. Havard is very active in the AEC community, especially in the Nordic Region where he is based, running his own blog and offering snippets of awesomeness through his twitter account. 

Twitter: @vasshaug

Unsung Heroes

This award contained packages that were not as well-known to the wider industry. Unbelievably, they had less than 700 downloads at the time of the Awards and hopefully this category will help to propel these packages into more peoples workflows as they are truly all great.

The winner for this award was Dynamo Automation created by Andreas Dieckmann. Now for those who don’t know who Andreas is, he also wrote the formidable package Clockwork which came close to winning the Big Hitters award too. Andreas has been doing some great work for a number of years now and he has always been there for advice and help when I’ve asked in the past, which I greatly appreciate. The Dynamo Automation package itself is truly amazing. It allows you to run a master Dynamo graph over a slave Dynamo graph. In other words running Dynamo on top of Dynamo to further increase automation. Dynamo-inception. I recently used this package to automate solar analysis studies over multiple Revit models simultaneously and let me tell you, it works a treat! The one downside currently is, this doesn’t run on Revit 2017/2018 but there is an open GitHub issue for this for those interested. 

Twitter: @a_dieckmann

There you have it, the 8 winners from each category. Congratulations to all of the above and also the creators of the packages that didn’t win. There is always next year!

For those interested here’s how I voted:

  1. Spring Nodes
  2. Ladybug
  3. DynamoMEP
  4. Ampersand
  5. Mantis Shrimp
  6. Data-Shapes
  7. DynaSlack
  8. Dynamo Automation

The winners will be contacted individually to arrange their share of the prize fund. I look forward to running this again next year.

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