Knowledge-based geometric modeling in construction

Martin Bonev, Lars Hvam

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    A wider application of IT-based solutions, such as configuration systems and the implementation of modeling standards, has facilitated the trend to produce mass customized products to support inter alia the specification process of the increasing product variety. However, not all industries have realized the full potential of using product and process modelling tools as well as the implementation of configuration systems to support their business processes. Especially in the building industry, where Engineer-to-Order (ETO) manufacturers provide complex custom tailored products, up to now, often a considerably high amount of their recourses is required for designing and specifying the majority of their product assortment. As design decisions are hereby based on knowledge and experience about behaviour and applicability of construction techniques and materials for a predefined design situation, smart tools need to be developed, to support these activities. In order to achieve a higher degree of design automation, this study proposes a framework for using configuration systems within the CAD environment together with suitable geometric modeling techniques on the example of a Danish manufacturer for precast concrete elements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign Conference 2012
    Number of pages9
    PublisherAalborg University, Center for Industrial Production
    Publication date2012
    ISBN (Print)978-87-91831-51-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventNordDesign 2012 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
    Duration: 22 Aug 201224 Aug 2012


    ConferenceNordDesign 2012
    LocationAalborg University


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