HyCon : virtual prototyping in hybrid concrete construction frame design

Zhang, X, Goulding, JS, Sexton, MG, Aouad, GF and Kagioglou, M 2006, 'HyCon : virtual prototyping in hybrid concrete construction frame design' , Construction Innovation, 6 (1) , pp. 47-60.

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Hybrid concrete construction is a technologically advanced approach to frame construction. It utilizes an optimal mix of structural materials;eg, in situ concrete with precast concrete and steelwork. The process of selecting an hybrid-optimized solution, however, often requires several factors to be considered, eg, “hard”criteria such as time and cost, and “soft” criteria such as safety and aesthetics (to be considered simultaneously) – the complexities of which can often be a core barrier to implementation. This paper introduces the concept of hybrid concrete construction and presents a virtual prototyping tool to assist the decision-making process. This model is able to import computer aided design information into a central database – the details of which are then layered with additional information; eg, hard and soft performance criteria and so on. Solutions can be interrogated and demonstrated through an interactive virtual environment, in which multi-option scenarios can be evaluated against specific user-defined criteria. Findings have identified several core benefits, including the ability to: justify decisions corroborated with detailed data; evaluate options against each other; interrogate objects at a much greater detail than before; and see the effects of changes in a “real-time” environment.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Construction Innovation
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1477-0857
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 12:29
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:02
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/706

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