Facility Composer Design Wizards: A Method for Extensible Codified Design Logic Based on Explicit Facility Criteria
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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Government design criteria are commonly captured in the form of design guides, regulations, technical manuals, and web pages, but not in a computable format. Current design systems provide no way to directly interact with a specific criterion, or to efficiently extend the functionality of an application to directly support criteria usage. Consequently, the only two choices are that designers must either manually ensure that all applicable criteria are identified and satisfied, or that a large customized application is developed. Custom systems are slow to develop and change, and difficult to update. Such systems do allow data modularization, but do not provide modular functionality--the ability to support customized methods or algorithms that perform useful operations on the data. The Facility Composer suite of tools supports the capturing and tracking of facility criteria and requirements, planning and design charrettes, and associated planning and design analyses. Facility Composer addresses many of the problems associated with the decentralized, non-computationally explicit, ad-hoc definition, distribution, and utilization of design criteria. This report describes work undertaken to provide a set of the most commonly used tools as part of the core features in Facility Composer, and also to provide a means for modularized extensibility of design logic.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology