A Sustainable Computational Design Concept using Web Service Methods

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Gopsill, James (1,2); Hicks, Ben (1); Schiffmann, Oliver (1); McClenaghan, Adam (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: University of Bristol, UK; 2: Centre for Modelling and Simulation, UK
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0425-0434
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.43


Simulation is fundamental to many engineering design processes and powers the field of computational design. Simulation inherently consumes energy resulting in CO2 emissions that impact our environment. While one can source energy from renewable sources and use energy efficient hardware, efforts need to also be made in how we can use simulation in a sustainable manner.

This paper presents a sustainable simulation framework that borrows concepts from web services. The framework makes it easy for engineering firms to adopt and embed sustainable simulation practices thereby removing the burden from the designer tin thinking about how to design sustainably. An illustrative example reveals a 25% reduction in computational effort can be achieved by adopting the framework.

Keywords: Simulation, Computational design methods, Sustainability

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