Solving data transfer problems in the construction sector through algorithms
In the construction sector, cooperation between architects and structural engineers is sometimes challenged by the fact that data transfer between different software applications is often impossible. The project aims to solve this problem through the use of algorithms.
What kind of problem is this project trying to solve?
One of the biggest problems in the construction industry is the lack of cooperation between various parties. A multitude of different software applications are currently used when designing buildings, and data transfer from one program to another is challenging and sometimes even impossible. For this reason, the designs prepared by various parties involved in the design process are often contradictory, which makes progress less flexible. For instance, there may be overlap in modelling because parties are unaware of each others’ [work? // text missing in source]
Objective: bringing the design information of architects and structural engineers together
The objective of this experiment is to reach a situation where the design information prepared by architects and structural engineers is linked to each other with algorithms. When the architect’s data model and the structural engineer’s data and calculation model are produced using the same algorithms, all models will be automatically updated with any changes that occur. This will allow both parties in the design process to always have access to the latest designs in which the strength of structures and joints has been confirmed.
Benefits achieved from the project:
What is being done in this project?
The project can be divided into three stages:
The results of the experiment can be widely utilised by various actors in the construction sector. Structural engineers and architects, in particular, will be able to see how the algorithms-aided design process is progressing, as well as its benefits and challenges.
Similarly, other parties involved in designing buildings will receive information on the potential of algorithms-aided design. Moreover, property developer organisations and parties responsible for constructing buildings will see the types of benefits that can be achieved through new technology and the cooperation related to it.
Duration: 14 February 2018–1 June 2018