Computational Design

About RCD

In a world where designs and designers are being pushed to their limits, conventional engineering assumptions are no longer enough. With the rapid advance of computational techniques and processing power, it is now possible to explore solutions which could not have been imagined before.

Ramboll Computational Design was set up to harness the power of the computer as a design tool with the aim of developing digital techniques which enable us to challenge traditional typologies and evolve the new economic solutions for the built environment.

The inspiration for our work is nature and in particular how nature creates efficient solutions which are perfectly adapted to their environments. By writing our own computer code which replicates biological processes, we can start to apply this power to solving engineering problems.

With the application of our in-house code and skills in the interrogation of geometry, we have been able to rationalise complex projects across the world saving time and cost and creating new forms to overcome difficult technical challenges. In this approach the solution emerges from the bottom up and the resulting structural arrangement is one which is completely suited to the forces acting upon it.

Sponsorship of academic research is integral to our development of cutting edge techniques and new approaches to computational design. Our own in-house research has also led to new fields of interest such as digital masterplanning, where technology is being applied to understand and design entire cities.