HyCon: Virtual prototyping in hybrid concrete construction frame design

X. Zhang, J. S. Goulding, M. G. Sexton, G. Aouad, M. Kagioglou

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Abstract

Hybrid concrete construction is a technologically advanced approach to frame construction. It utilizes an optimal mix of structural materials;eg, in situ concrete with precast concrete and steelwork. The process of selecting an hybridoptimized solution, however, often requires several factors to be considered, eg, “hard”criteria such as time and cost, and “soft” criteria such as safety and aesthetics (to be considered simultaneously) - the complexities of which can often be a core barrier to implementation. This paper introduces the concept of hybrid concrete construction and presents a virtual prototyping tool to assist the decisionmaking process. This model is able to import computer aided design information into a central database - the details of which are then layered with additional information; eg, hard and soft performance criteria and so on. Solutions can be interrogated and demonstrated through an interactive virtual environment, in which multioption scenarios can be evaluated against specific userdefined criteria. Findings have identified several core benefits, including the ability to: justify decisions corroborated with detailed data; evaluate options against each other; interrogate objects at a much greater detail than before; and see the effects of changes in a “realtime” environment.

LanguageEnglish
Pages47-60
Number of pages14
JournalConstruction Innovation
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Concrete construction
Precast concrete
Virtual reality
Computer aided design
Decision making
Concretes
Costs
Virtual prototyping

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Zhang, X. ; Goulding, J. S. ; Sexton, M. G. ; Aouad, G. ; Kagioglou, M. / HyCon : Virtual prototyping in hybrid concrete construction frame design. In: Construction Innovation. 2006 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 47-60.
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In: Construction Innovation, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.03.2006, p. 47-60.

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