Performance Evaluation in an Integrated Software Environment for Building Design and Construction Planning
ABSTRACT In this paper the authors describe the role of performance evaluation in the Integrated Software Environment for Building Design and Construction Planning (IBDE), which is a testbed for examining integration issues in the same domain. Various processes in IBDE deal with the spatial configuration, structural design, and construction planning of high-rise office buildings. Performance evaluations occur within these processes based on different representation schemes and control mechanisms for the handling of performance knowledge. Within this multiprocess environment, opportunities also exist for performance evaluation across disciplines through design critics
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ABSTRACT: Integrating analytic tools within a production Computer Aided Design (CAD) environment provides designers the opportunity to evaluate the impact of design decisions much earlier in the design process than previously possible. Softdesk Energy is a design tool that integrates building energy analysis capabilities into a highly automated production drafting environment (AutoCAD and Softdesk AutoArchitect). The authors review the technical challenges of integrating analytic tools with drafting tools, the CAD model extensions, and the impact of simplifications on the analytic results.