Friday, January 12, 2024

Forecasting girth growth of trees with Rhino and Grasshopper

In a pioneering research endeavor, a team at Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture at the Technical University of Munich focused on predicting the relative girth growth of tree trunks and branches within inosculated tree branching networks. Using Rhino, they rebuild initial topological branching skeletons based on the trees grown by farmer Axel Erlandson. Identifying water supply and usage points on the trees, researchers used Grasshopper to translate geometric instances into mathematical equations, adhering to the pipe model theory and circuit analogy. This enabled the calculation of water distribution across branches. The iterative growth process updated girth stands through a loop function. 

Rhino's efficiency in 3D modeling and seamless data transfer to Grasshopper empowers designers to use this tool for creating innovative living structures in urban settings. 

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