KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION FOR MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CO-DESIGN OF BUILDINGS
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) projects require multi-disciplinary solutions, making the AEC industry fragmented. In a co-design approach, data from disciplines must be integrated and interoperable. In current practice, interoperability problems between different software often hinder this integration. These interoperability issues may prevent the recognition of violated design constraints until it is too late, i.e., until construction has already started.
This project aims to develop a novel, knowledge-driven framework and design methodology supported by reasoning methods that allow for constraint-checking and other design process support over a closed co-design loop, including architectural design, structural design, building physics-acoustics, and prefabrication of building parts. Within the project frame, we develop disciplinary core ontologies connected by a joint top-level ontology based on background research on existing data models, requirements from AEC, and new possibilities in computer science, specifically, knowledge representation, reasoning, and model-driven software engineering.
The project employs the cluster of excellence as a model for multi-disciplinary co-design processes to rethink data and knowledge representation. It implements example knowledge bases based on the developed ontologies. Additionally, it evaluates the developed ontologies are by applying them to selected building design and/or parts of the demonstrator projects developed in the cluster of excellence.
Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab
Department for Analytic Computing (AC), Institute for Parallel and Distributed System, University of Stuttgart
Tenure-Track Prof. Dr. Thomas Wortmann
Chair for Computing in Architecture, Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), University of Stuttgart