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Benchmarking Conceptual High-Rise Design Processes

TitleBenchmarking Conceptual High-Rise Design Processes
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGane, V, Haymaker, J
Date Published10/2008
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCenter for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Conceptual Design, Design, Design Exploration, Hi-Rise, Multidisciplinary Analysis, Optimization Modeling, Organization Models, Process Model, Process Modeling, Stanford University
AbstractThis paper presents an analysis of current conceptual design processes for high-rise buildings. We synthesize a method to document and measure these processes and use it to analyze data from several case studies and a survey of leading architectural and engineering design firms. We describe current high-rise conceptual design process in terms of: design team size, composition, and time investment; clarity of goal definition; number and range of design options generated; number and type of model-based analyses performed; and the criteria used for decision making. We identify several potential weaknesses in current design processes including lack of clarity in goal definition and an extremely low number of generated and analyzed options. We argue that potentially higher performing designs are being left unconsidered, and discuss the potential reasons and costs.
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