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EPSRC Reference: GR/R28508/01
Title: Platform: From 3D To Nd Modelling In Support of An Integrated Buildable, Sustainable, Maintainable and Accessible Built Environment
Principal Investigator: Aouad, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Betts, Professor M Lam, Professor YW Barrett, Professor P
Ormerod, Professor MG Fernando, Professor F Cooper OBE, Professor R
Fernando, Professor T
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Department: Res Inst for the Built and Human Env
Organisation: University of Salford
Scheme: Platform Grants (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 2001 Ends: 31 October 2005 Value (£): 445,679
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Construction Ops & Management Modelling & simul. of IT sys.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Information Technologies
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Because of the complexity of nD modelling and the apparent lack of reliable methodologies in this area, our ultimate goal is to investigate an appropriate approach to the development of nD models that is holistic and that can address multiple perspectives of users requirements ensuring the integration of our current independent strands of research in this area. Most research in this area have developed 4D models to demonstrate the concept. This research differs by looking at fundamental issues that need to be brought together in order to further knowledge in this area. This would entail the identification of users requirements, development of virtual nD models including scalability issues and information management, human computer interfaces and links to integrated databases as well as addressing the issues of technology diffusion. Our long term objective (within 10 years) is to develop an infrastructure, methodologies and technologies that facilitate the development of nD models that support 3D, time, cost, buildability, accessibility, sustainability, maintainability, acoustics, lighting and thermal requirements in order to enable the concept of virtual prototyping to be implemented property. This would allow construction professionals to perform true what if analysis at a very early stage of a project based on the manipulation and impact of changes to the aforementioned parameters
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