Constructing the Future
Routledge – 2006 – 406 pages
This essential book introduces the concept of nD modelling, which takes the theory of computer modelling of the built environment to n dimensions. nD modelling utilizes a decision support tool for systematic assessment and comparison between various design parameters such as cost, accessibility, maintainability, sustainability, crime, energy, whole life costing, acoustics and scheduling among others.
Constructing the Future is a comprehensive book which provides a global perspective on the concept of nD modelling and examines its impact on construction, from development to application. The text offers a critique of competing views that seek to justify (or ignore) the role of nD modelling in the future of construction as well as describing developments in this area which are already happening worldwide.
Presenting a thorough critique of competing views as well as providing guidance on best practice, Constructing the Future is a bold, well-grounded and illustrated title introducing construction management professionals and researchers to this exciting new development in the quest for a single building and product model.
Part 1: nD Modelling: The Concept 1. nD Modelling: The Background2. Engineering Design3. Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Conceptualizing, Developing, Introducing and Using nD BIMs Part 2: nD Modelling: The Scope 4. Planning and Scheduling Practices in the UK5. Construction Scheduling: A Latin American Perspective6. nD in Risk Management7. Construction Safety 8. Automated Code Checking and Accessibility9. Acoustics in the Built Environment 10. nD Modelling to Facilitate Crime Reduction 'Thinking' within the Project Briefing Process Part 3: nD Modelling: The Application 11. Data Classification 12. Management of Requirements Information in the nD Model 13. Information Management in nD14. Data Visualization15. Legal Issues of nD Modelling16. Interactive Experimenting of nD Models for Decision Making17. Technology Transfer18. The Role of Higher Education in nD Modelling 19. Designing Fit-for-Purpose Schools: The nD Game Part 4: nD Modelling: The Future 20. nD Modelling: Where Next? 21. An Ontology to Integrate Building and Urban n-Dimensional Data 22. Modelling Cities 23. nD in 2D. Concluding Remarks
Professor Ghassan Aouad is Head, and Dr Angela Lee & Dr Song Wu are Research Fellows, in the School of Construction & Property Management at the University of Salford, UK