ITcon Special Issue

From 3D to nD modelling

editor(s) Ghassan Aouad, Professor
University of Salford, UK
G.Aouad@salford.ac.uk

Angela Lee
University of Salford, UK
A.Lee@salford.ac.uk

Song Wu, Dr.
School of Construction & Property Management, University of Salford
email: s.wu@salford.ac.uk
summary

One of the principal challenges facing the construction industry today is how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the design and construction process. Moreover, what contribution can the effective use of information technology make to this?

Recent years have witnessed a major change in the approach to construction innovation and research. There has been a huge concentration, from both the academic and industrial communities, on the development of a single building/ product model and/ or on the expansion of 3D CAD modelling with other design attributes (such as time and cost). nD modelling expounds by bringing together an nth number of design perspectives. Thus, an nD model is an extension of the building information model that incorporates multi-aspects of design information required at each stage of the lifecycle of a building facility; including scheduling, costing, accessibility, crime, sustainability, maintainability, acoustics and energy simulation. We believe that nD modelling is a realistic potential for an improved construction industry. It is an integrated tool that will enable construction stakeholders – across time zones – to cohesively and comprehensively work within their own specialised discipline on one model. Thus, they can negotiate and collaborate to bring about an improved design by enabling true what-if analysis of design decisions. The information in the model is linked, so that when design information is changed, for example, the cost of the project will also change to reflect the new design.

The goal of this special issue is to gather the state of the art in this field, related, but not limited to the work presented at the workshops.

Schedule:

  • Oct 1st 2004: Expressions of interest.
  • Nov 1st 2004: Full papers due
  • March 1st 2005: Review process completed; final versions of papers ready.
  • April 2nd 2005: Special issue published.

Papers in this special issue

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1Aound G, Lee A and Wu S (2005).
From 3D to nD modelling,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 15-16, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/1
2Bouchlaghem N B, Holmes M, Loveday D and Bennadji A (2005).
The engineering dimension of nD modelling:,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 17-25, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/2
3Jongeling R, Emborg M and Olofsson T (2005).
nD modelling in the development of cast in place concrete structures,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 27-41, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/3
4Dawood N,Scott D, Sriprasert E and Mallasi Z (2005).
The virtual construction site (VIRCON) tools: An industrial evaluation,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 43-54, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/4
5Hamilton A, Wang H, Tanyer A M, Arayici Y, Zhang X and Song Y (2005).
Urban information model for city planning,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 55-67, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/5
6Ganah A A, Bouchlaghem N B and Anumba C J (2005).
VISCON: Computer visualisation support for constructability,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 69-83, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/6
7Tse T K, Wong K A and Wong K F (2005).
The utilisation of building information models in nD modelling: A study of data interfacing and adoption barriers,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 85-110, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/7
8Khosrowshahi F and Howes R (2005).
A framework for strategic decision-making based on a hybrid decision support tools,
ITcon Vol. 10, Special issue From 3D to nD modelling, pg. 111-124, http://www.itcon.org/paper/2005/8