Site and Workspaces Layout Process Employing MDS and a PDI Formula in Which Density is Calculated Using a Unit Lattice Superposed over Circumscribing-Convex-Hulls
Patent, Filed 28 Mar 96, patented 2 Mar 99
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A process is provided for producing layouts of building units. on a quadrilateral facility site and layouts of personnel workstations and items of equipment collectively workplace elements in quadrilateral subarea in the building units. There are inter-building-unit, and inter-workplace- element, operational criteria associated with the activity being performed in the facility. The well known multidimensional scaling MDS methodology is employed in optimizing building unit and workplace element configurations to suit the operational criteria. Measurement of population density index PDI is employed to judge whether candidate configurations of building units and workplace elements result in adverse crowdedness conditions. The PDI employed for this purpose as two novel aspects. One novelty of the PDI is its use of a convex hull in the mathematical sense of the term circumscribed about the perimetrical objects in a candidate configuration. The other novelty is that the term of the PDI equation related to density requires to neither coordinate measurements nor inter-point distance measurements.
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology