ITcon Vol. 15, pg. 1-22, http://www.itcon.org/2010/1

Framework for model-based competency management for design in physical and virtual worlds

submitted:May 2009
revised:November 2009
published:January 2010
editor(s):Björk B-C
authors:Tomo Cerovšek
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Tomo.Cerovsek@fgg.uni-lj.si, http://www.fgg.uni-lj.si

Tadeja Zupančič
Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Tadeja.Zupancic@fa.uni-lj.si, http://www.fa.uni-lj.si

Vojko Kilar
Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Vojko.Kilar@fa.uni-lj.si, http://www.fa.uni-lj.si
summary:This paper presents the competency management approach for design in physical and virtual worlds. We suggest a framework with taxonomy for the identification, assessment and cataloguing of design competencies in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) domain. Proposed competency management framework employs documented design results, especially digital models, including building information models (BIM), which can serve as a reference for the evidence of applied knowledge in the collaborative design. We explore differences and commonalities in competencies for the design in physical and virtual worlds by examining design input, process, and outcome. As the design of virtual worlds requires new skills and competen-cies, it also marginalises engineering aspects that depend on physical conditions; however, several design fea-tures, methodologies and even designs are common to projects in both worlds. The study is supported with a selection of designed artefacts from physical and virtual world projects. The results are important for the im-provements in evaluation of design results, management of design process, virtual construction, knowledge, and human resources in the AEC; and the linkage between competencies for design in physical and virtual worlds. 
keywords:aec design, construction, virtual worlds, collaboration, competency management, digital models
full text: (PDF file, 2.185 MB)
citation:Cerovsek T, Zupancic T, Kilar V (2010). Framework for model-based competency management for design in physical and virtual worlds, ITcon Vol. 15, pg. 1-22, http://www.itcon.org/2010/1