Tool supported integrated building designing – Theis Anderson

Project name: Tool supported integrated building designing

Project student: Theis Andersson

Project status: May – August 2013

Publication: Værktøj til Integreret design af bygning 303 (officiel aflevering)

Course type: Master project

Supervisor: (Al)Fred Heller, DTU Civil Engineering in cooperation with Campus Service, Rørdam og Møller Arkitekter and Alectia consultants.

Summary: The project aims at improving the integration of engineering support in the design process of architects at early stages. This is done in a real case where three buildings at the DTU Campus are connected by a new complex consisting of 2 prolongations of existing buildings and a connecting glass atrium. The goal is to improve the tool set for sustainable designing developed in the previous special project by Theis and demonstrate the applicability in the case study.

Vision talk: The project implements “tool supported integrated designing” into the development of a sustainable university campus, hereby supporting the vision of sustainability in general, but also the goal to enable architects to design their ideas based on engineering knowledge with minimal distribution in work flow.

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3D BIM for a comprehensive design proces – Theis Andersson

Project name: 3D BIM models – a more comprehensive design proces

Project student: Theis Andersen

Publication: En bedre sammenhæng i projektet (Danish, educational) (2013)

Course type: Special project, Autumn 2012

Supervisor: (Al)Fred Heller

Summary: The vision is to develop a web configuration tool through which customers are able to configure the building they want to buy. To be able to do so, the information describing the buildings, the products, characteristics and configuration options must be represented. This is done partly in a Building Information Model (BIM) in 3D CAD model within the tool Revit. The project defines a prototype building in Revit, informs the details in the BIM part and utilizes a set of components and computer programs to compute relevant information on e.g. price, scheduling, energy demand, indoor climate modelling and much more. For this purpose, the following components are applied:

  • Rockwool Energy Design (for the Danish building code computations) – alternatively Be10 can be used.
  • Sigma (for price calculations)
  • Navisworks (for planing)
  • Ecotect (for energy and indoor environment, daylight computations)

Most integration between the components has been possible, but the integration with Be10 did not work within newest versions, hence Rockwool Energy Design was applied instead.

Vision talk: Decision making towards a sustainable future demands interoperability between tools that generate and collect information on the decisions to be made. For building design, design tools must be supported dynamically by technical software from many different technical domains. It is not probable that there will be a single tool, handling all the computations. Hence a platform model is preferable.

Next step: The current project is a small step in a long process. There is a need for interoperability, getting the tools to work together in a automated way. The BIM data models are to be expanded, pricing more realistic and much more.  The whole integration with the web interface for configuration is not yet taken up. A simple way of doing so could be to dump the intermediate results and information in a file-tree to be utilized from a web solution.