ITcon Vol. 14, pg. 445-460,

Future integrated design environments

published:August 2009
editor(s):Kazi A S, Aouad G, Baldwin A
authors:Professor Per Christiansson, Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark
Prof., Dr.Tech. Aalborg University, Department of Civil Engineering

Assoc. professor Kjeld Svidt, Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark
Prof., Dr.Tech. Aalborg University, Department of Civil Engineering

Industrial PhD student Kristian Birch Sørensen, Rambøll A/S, Denmark
M.Sc. (Civ. eng), Master of IT, Ramboll Denmark and Aalborg University, Denmark,
summary:We are facing a probable great change in the way we carry through design in future ICT supported environments. The main driving forces are the digitalization of information handling leading to a paramount paradigm shift when information storage and access media are separated, building process and product systems are formalized in digital models, user environments are provided with rich adaptable multimedia access to virtual models, virtual collaboration rooms established, and new efficient and effective ICT tools defined and implemented.There are though some barriers putting strains on the development. Among the most important are missing ontologies both on business and Web/Internet service levels as well as their interrelations, poor user involvement in needs and requirements formulations on new ICT tools as well as in continuous user involvement in design and evaluation of new user environments, lack of interoperability within building process/product models, and the effects of local community behavior on global scale. The general competence level and preparedness for organizational and work change due to globalization and development of new common grounds for building design needs to be increased. The paper presents a roadmap for development of future Integrated Building Design Systems (IBDS) with end-user participation. Methods for development of tools supporting creative and innovative building design with end-user participation is taking into account, including methods for capture and modeling of explicit and implicit end-user needs and requirements on both the building to be designed and the supporting design tools.The paper provides grounds to higher success rate in capture of explicit and implicit end user needs and requirements on functional performance in use and re-use of buildings, taking into account effective tools for creative and innovative design. Providing a common ground for successful building design system development and meta-level agreements on open design systems supporting different design contexts and end user needs and values. The roadmap timeframe is 3-10 years.
keywords:Future integrated building design systems, system development tools, ontologies, user driven innovation, functional building systems, end user needs, requirements modeling, innovative building design tools.
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citation:Christiansson P, Svidt K, Sørensen B (2009). Future integrated design environments, ITcon Vol. 14, Special issue Next Generation Construction IT: Technology Foresight, Future Studies, Roadmapping, and Scenario Planning, pg. 445-460,