Building Composer: The Development of an Object Model for Facility Planning and Design Based on Customer Criteria
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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Building Composer is an application for use by planners, designers, and engineers during all phases of a facility s life cycle to create 1 a project brief architectural program, 2 a preliminary floor plan, and 3 a selection of systems and components. Building Composer allows customer-specific criteria to be specified at any appropriate level of detail. Various design wizards and analysis wizards perform specific actions based on these criteria to produce an Integrated Model-Based Facility Design. Criteria Composer refers to the portion of Building Composer used to create a project brief. It includes information regarding the total area of the project and some allocation of area to specific architectural functions, such as circulation and offices. The level of detail may vary from project to project however, it contains enough information to generate a preliminary cost estimate. This work developed an object model to store information related to the planning and design of a facility, to be used as the basis for the development of Building Composer and Criteria Composer, to input, display, and manipulate this data.
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