Topologic v0.8.0 Alpha Release


Cardiff University in collaboration with UCL announced today that they are releasing to the public an alpha version of their Topologic software for architects and engineers who want to create topologically-connected three-dimensional conceptual building models. Topologic is both a software development library and a plug-in for visual data flow applications. This alpha release (v. 0.8.0) specifically works with Autodesk© Dynamo. Topologic helps you think about your building not only as an assembly of physical components, but as a logical, spatial, and hierarchical configuration. Once you have built and connected a robust spatial model with Topologic, this can be interfaced with your choice of analysis and simulation engine. Topologic includes a software module, TopologicEnergy, that illustrates how you can connect Topologic to EnergyPlus and OpenStudio to analyse the thermal performance of a building.

Topologic is the result of a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (Project Number RPG2016-016), led by Dr. Wassim Jabi, in collaboration with Prof. Robert Aish (UCL), Dr. Simon Lannon, Dr. Aikaterini Chatzivasileiadi, and Dr. Nicholas Mario Wardhana. Dr. Wardhana holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is the software developer on the project. The software development work is being conducted at Cardiff University in collaboration with UCL. Topologic is based on initial research into the application of non-manifold topology to architectural modelling by Prof. Aish. TopologicEnergy is based on the DSOS software developed previously by Dr. Wassim Jabi.

In conjunction with Topologic, we are also announcing a new website, https://topologic.app, where you can learn more about the software, download the latest release, discuss Topologic in our user and developer forums, and submit defect reports.

Topologic is written in C++. TopologicDynamo is written in C++/CLI which is a .NET language. Topologic will be fully open sourced at the conclusion of the research project in late 2019. Topologic is free to use on commercial and non-commercial projects internally. If you wish to distribute or serve your Topologic-linked software to third parties outside your organisation, please consult the licensing terms on the software webpage and contact us for any clarification.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wassim Jabi, Reader
Welsh School of Architecture
Cardiff University
E-mail: info@topologic.app
Website: https://topologic.app
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nonmanifold

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Are there any sample files or instructions for first few steps available?

downloaded these from https://topologic.app/learning/ >documentation for users
Topologic-03-Tutorial01.dyn (53.2 KB)
Topologic-04-Tutorial02.dyn (134.7 KB)
Topologic-05-Tutorial03.dyn (169.8 KB)

Yes, as Marcel pointed out, we have our learning resources here: https://topologic.app/learning/ :slight_smile:

@nmw

The downloading of the software has some hickups,
I have as of yet to receive an email allowing me to do so

Hi @Marcel_Rijsmus , have you checked your Spam folder in case the email went there? If not I will get in touch with you later.

Nothing, just an Amazon Giftcard :slight_smile:

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Has anyone used it for practical purposes? I’m trying to imagine what it could be useful for. I couldn’t find anything on youtube.

Thank you Marcel, I will contact you privately.

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Hi Fabiano,

Our Twitter account, https://twitter.com/nonmanifold, shows some examples of the use of Topologic. We can, for example, perform energy analysis on a doubly curved building model using the TopologicEnergy package, which links to OpenStudio (screenshot below).
https://twitter.com/NonManifold/status/1079032021152862209

TopologicEnergy is already included in the installer and a tutorial will be available soon.

We also previously conducted a workshop in eCAADe 2018 in Lodz, Poland, based on an earlier version of the library. The participants created some nice designs. The cheese slice design can be seen below, and you can find the rest here:
https://topologic.app/gallery/

We have not got a Youtube account yet, that sounds like a good idea. :slight_smile:

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