Research Projects in Architectural Informatics

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In this course, current research topics from the field of architectural construction and urban informatics are investigated in the form of individual scientific projects.

The class spans two terms where:

  • During Term 1:
    • Research Planning: Determine the scope of the project, formulate the research questions and implementation strategy. Plan the execution and validation of experiments as well as the dissemination of the results.
      • Literature Survey: Investigate the state of the art regarding underlying research topics from scientific literature
      • Technological background: Get familiar with the required technologies, e.g. data modelling, programming excercises, study the available soft- and hardware frameworks related to the topic.
      • Reporting & Presentation: Report and present the projects on a regular basis to peers, supervisors and potential industry stakeholders
    • During Term 2:
    • Research Exececution: Based on the research questions, scope and research plan from term 1, execute the research in a structured manner. This more often than not includes the creation of data models, simulation models and software prototype implementations (e.g. in the form of plugins to existing tools, stand-alone protypes, mobile apps etc.) based on knowldedge and skills aquired in term 1.

An initial seed of research project ideas include:

  • Distributend Real-time Remote Collaboration and 3D presentation with VR and AR
  • Worklows and integratiton of Open CAD Geometry Kernels and BIM in Open Source tool chains
  • Semi-automated IFC model enhancements for visualization purposes
    • UV Mapping for IFC models based on parametric element types
    • accurate placement of multi-layer shaders for accurate defect location and documentation in large objects
  • Automated Linking of Heterogenous Building Data Sets using Machine Learing and/or spacial inference
  • Automated view-point generation for BCF issues
  • off-site multimedia enrichment of building models with images
  • Bidirectional Spatial Linking of documents (e.g. text, images, tables) with BIM
  • Long-Term monitoring systems and archival of complex buildings

Image by Luk Vermeulen

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