ITcon Vol. 14, pg. 595-612, http://www.itcon.org/2009/38

Multidisciplinary process integration and design optimization of a classroom building

submitted:October 2008
revised:August 2009
published:August 2009
editor(s):Bjork B-C
authors:Forest Flager, M.Eng, MDesS
PhD Student, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University;
forest@stanford.edu

Benjamin Welle, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP
PhD Student, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University;
bwelle@stanford.edu

Prasun Bansal
MS Student, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University;
prasunb@stanford.edu

Grant Soremekun
Application Engineer, Phoenix Integration;
grant@phoenix-int.com

John Haymaker, PhD, AIA, LEED AP
Assistant Professor, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University;
haymaker@stanford.edu
summary:Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professionals typically generate and analyze very few design alternatives during the conceptual stage of a project. One primary cause is limitations in the processes and software tools used by the AEC industry. The aerospace industry has overcome similar limitations by using Process Integration and Design Optimization (PIDO) software to support Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO), resulting in a significant reduction to design cycle time as well as improved product performance. This paper describes a test application of PIDO to an AEC case study: the MDO of a classroom building for structural and energy performance. We demonstrate how PIDO can enable orders of magnitude improvement in the number of design cycles typically achieved in practice, and assess PIDO’s potential to improve AEC MDO processes and products.
keywords:multidisciplinary design optimization, conceptual building design, energy simulation, structural analysis, integration, automation
full text: (PDF file, 1.162 MB)
citation:Flager F, Welle B, Bansal P, Soremekun G, Haymaker J (2009). Multidisciplinary process integration and design optimization of a classroom building, ITcon Vol. 14, pg. 595-612, http://www.itcon.org/2009/38