Modelling for planning building design - a critique of available approaches
Al Bizri, S. and Gray, C. (2004) Modelling for planning building design - a critique of available approaches. In: Proceedings of Construction and Building Research (COBRA) Conference, Leeds.
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This paper reviews four approaches used to create rational tools to aid the planning and the management of the building design process and then proposes a fifth approach. The new approach that has been developed is based on the mechanical aspects of technology rather than subjective design issues. The knowledge base contains, for each construction technology, a generic model of the detailed design process. Each activity in the process is specified by its input and output information needs. By connecting the input demands of one technology with the output supply from another technology a map or network of design activity is formed. Thus, it is possible to structure a specific model from the generic knowledge base within a KBE system.
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