Multidisciplinary Process Integration and Design Optimization of a Classroom Building

TitleMultidisciplinary Process Integration and Design Optimization of a Classroom Building
Publication TypeTechnical Report
AuthorsFlager, F., G. Soremekun, B. Welle, J. Haymaker, and P. Bansal
Date Published10/2008

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professionals typically achieve very few design and analysis iterations during the conceptual stage of a project. One primary cause is limitations in the processes and software tools used by the AEC industry. The aerospace industry has overcome similar limitations using a technique known as Process Integration and Design Optimization (PIDO), resulting in a greater number of design iterations and improved processes and product performance. This paper describes a test application of PIDO to an AEC case study: the multidisciplinary design and optimization (MDO) of a classroom building for structural and energy performance. We demonstrate how PIDO can enable orders of magnitude improvement in the number of iterations typically achieved in practice, and assess the methodology’s potential to improve AEC MDO processes and products.

Keywords3-D, Automation, Design, Energy Simulation, Integration, Multidisciplinary Optimization, Process Modeling, Process Models, Product Model, Product Models, Simulation, Structural Analysis, VDC, Virtual Design and Construction
Year of Publication2008
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