Information Models in Building Design Process

by Alan D. Russell, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec, Canada,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 133-148

Document Type: Journal Paper


Quantitative models which span the broad spectrum of inputs to the building development process are described. An economic performance measure which represents a typical goal of developers of high-rise housing is presented. This measure assists in: (1) Identifying the range of models required for a comprehensive decision-making process; (2) coordinating the design tasks to achieve an optimal building design; and (3) providing a means for incorporating risk in a quantitative manner into the design process. Uncertainty, as measured by variance, is used to describe the status of a building design. This characterization of information content assists in attaching value to information and thus helps to identifying how to proceed in the design process to achieve specified objectives.

Subject Headings: Building design | Building information modeling | Economic factors | Quality control | Housing | Decision making | Risk management | Uncertainty principles

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