KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION FOR MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CO-DESIGN OF BUILDINGS
Currently, ontologies that connect disciplinary models in the AEC sector are lacking, which leads to interoperability issues between different disciplines. 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, and prefabrication building parts and their assembly. Within the project frame, exemplary core ontologies are developed based on background research on existing data models, requirements from AEC, and new possibilities in computer science, specifically, knowledge representation and 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 in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). Therefore, the project implements example knowledge bases based on these ontologies and evaluates them 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