just starting this as a thought dump. Haven’t gone into detail about the implications or implementations of this. But here’s the gist:
Additionally to the composition of objects (I.e. a Column within a timber frame wall) there are often functional dependencies between object in a building model. This is especially so in case of parametric workflows with GH. There it would be: Data X in, data Y out, where if X changes, the output Y is invalid in some sense.
For a future design process, where design automation takes over parts of a workflow (i.e. form-finding, section design) based on a specified input, modelling this kind of dependencies would be of interest. Obviously, one could just build that sort of relationship on top of the current Object schema, by providing a
basedOn property to an object that is functionally dependent on or automatically created with a script given another object.
A usage of this feature in words would be: I am structural engineer and made a preliminary design, now the architect pushes a new commit, where the facing layer material specification of a wall changed. Now, if I implemented a perfectly functional workflow I could ask: “Speckle, what objects depend on this wall (i.e. which calculations did I run with it)?”
Just curiuous to hear if you guys (and gals) stumpled across this sort of use-case before?
Let me know if I should make my thoughts a bit clearer