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Evolute Workshop

Freeform facades, from design to production

An overview of the complete geometry consultant workflow
March 15th - 17th, 2017 - Vienna



This workshop will allow participants to gain insights into the workflow of a typical freeform facade design project at Evolute. We will convert a freeform facade from an architect’s design to the production data and drawing output needed by manufacturers for production of panels. The workshop will touch upon the following steps:

Optimization and refinement of the panelisation pattern

Creation of an optimized facade panelisation pattern based on architectural input, using techniques such as mesh parametrization, subdivision mesh modelling and optimization.

Manufacturing techniques

Manufacturing techniques used for curved facade panels (glass, metal, GRC, GRP) and their geometric limitations.

Curved panel simplification

Simplification of double curved panels by replacing them with flat, cold-bent, or cylindrical panels, within acceptable tolerance.


Reduction of panel production cost by clustering similar panels within acceptable tolerance.

Production drawings and data

Automated output of drawings and production data for flat and cylindrical IGUs, beams, metal profiles, and other facade elements.

The participants will have the chance to solve problems using their own experience and skills. Evolute will also provide an introduction to its software suite and show how to use it in the context of a real-life project. A one-year licence for EvoluteTools PRO, D.LOFT, T.MAP will be offered complimentary to all the participants.





Day 1

Introduction to the workshop toolset for Rhino newbies

Wednesday, March 15th 2017

11 A.M.: Registration and lunch buffet
1 P.M.: Introduction and overview of EvoluteTools software
2 P.M.: EvoluteTools training session
The training will cover EvoluteTools PRO, FIT and D.LOFT, with a focus on the functionalities used in the remainder of the workshop.
6 P.M.: End of day 1

Day 2

Theory and practice of freeform facade surface rationalization

Thursday, March 16th 2017

8 A.M.: Registration and Breakfast
9 A.M.: Presentation of the case study
9.30 A.M.: Step 1 - Designing the reference surface
Design choices with respect to physical and manufacturing constraints
12 P.M.: Lunch Break
2 P.M.: Step 2 - Designing the panelisation seams
Several approaches will be encouraged, including Grasshopper definitions, scripting and the use of EvoluteTools software
5 P.M.: End of Day 2 and visit of Vienna's city center
7 P.M.: Conference Dinner

Day 3

Curved panel simplification and production data output in practice

Friday, March 17th 2017

8 A.M.: Breakfast
9 A.M.: Step 3 - Fitting simplified panels
11.30 A.M.: Step 4 - Analysis of the results and feedback loop
12 P.M.: Lunch Break
2 P.M.: Step 5: Drawings and production data
The focus will be on the automatic generation of drawings and will involve basic scripting
6 P.M.: End of the Evolute Workshop




The workshop will take place in the Evolute offices in Vienna

Evolute GmbH
Schwindgasse 4/10, 1040 Vienna

How to get there

From Vienna main station/Hauptbahnhof

    From the main station, take the underground U1 in the direction of Leopoldau.
    • Stop: Taubstummengasse (1 stop)
    • Duration: approx. 10 minutes

From Vienna International Airport

From the airport you have multiple options.

First option - Taxi

  • Taxi 40100 provide a flat rate (EUR 36) from the airport.

Second option - CAT

  • Take the CAT (City Airport Train) to Wien Mitte/Landstrasse
  • Change to the U3 in the direction Ottakring
    • Stop: Stephansplatz (2 stops)
    • Duration: approx. 3 minutes
  • Take the U1 in the direction Reumannplatz
    • Stop: Taubstummengasse (2 stops)
    • Duration: approx. 3 minutes

Third option - S7

  • Take the S7 train in the direction of Wolkersdorf Bahnhof
    • Stop: Rennweg (7 stops)
    • Duration: approx. 30 minutes
    Get off at the station Rennweg - from there it is a 1km walk to the office.
Ubahnplan der Wiener Linien



2 days - EUR 1500

The two-day workshop follows the entire case study, involving the full workflow of a typical geometry consultancy project (Day 2 and Day 3 of the PROGRAM).
It is ideal for participants who are already familiar with Rhino and to some extent EvoluteTools. It includes breakfast and lunch and both days, as well as the conference dinner.
A one-year licence for EvoluteTools PRO, D.LOFT, T.MAP will be offered complimentary to all the participants.

2 days - Register here

3 days - EUR 2000

The three-day workshop also includes an additional training for EvoluteTools PRO, D.LOFT and FIT (Day 1, 2 and 3 of the PROGRAM).
It is ideal for participants who have little knowledge of the Rhino environment and/or no prior experience with EvoluteTools. It includes all breakfast and lunches for the duration of the workshop, as well as the conference dinner.
A one-year licence for EvoluteTools PRO, D.LOFT, T.MAP will be offered complimentary to all the participants.

3 days - Register here



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Evolute GmbH is a high-tech company founded as a spin-off from Vienna University of Technology in 2008. Since its foundation, Evolute has gained a wealth of practical expertise in enabling building projects featuring complex geometry and in solving geometric problems in automation and production technology. Evolute has built up a dedicated and experienced team of mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers. We offer creativity and are at the same time grounded in practical competence. Our references include projects from highly technical to highly spectacular.