Parametric design methodology is embraced wherever possible in smart port design. It enables much greater flexibility both in exploring options for new port assets and potential port improvements.

In parametric design, the dimensions of an asset are not given rigid values and instead have set ‘parameters’ within which they must operate. Because these parameters are allowed to vary, changing a design is fast and straightforward. It drives efficiency, as multiple teams can work on a project simultaneously, rather than having to wait until specific details and values are agreed.

A key advantage in a smart port setting is that parametric design can rapidly respond to information being collected by the port’s sensors. For example, if a new roadway is being designed and the port’s data recorders note traffic congestions under certain conditions, the design can rapidly be changed to improve vehicle flow. Not only is the road widened, for example, but other associated objects and assets are automatically adjusted within the design.

With parametric design, multiple factors can be addressed concurrently. Thousands of calculations are performed in seconds to create the most efficient and appropriate solution to any challenge.

It is this speed and flexibility that has instilled the use of parametric design so firmly into Royal HaskoningDHV’s approach. As a way of working, it enables unprecedented levels of collaboration and creativity.

Contact our team today to find out how parametric design can benefit projects.

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