KR-Building (EXC IntCDC)

Knowledge Represenation for Multi-disciplinary Co-Design of Buildings

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) projects require multidisciplinary 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 multidisciplinary co-design processes to rethink data and knowledge representation. It implements example knowledge 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.

Operating Time: 07/2021 - 06/2024
Source of Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy - EXC 2120/1 - 390831618.
Project Webpage: Excellence cluster IntCDC - Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture

Project Team

  • Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab. Head of the Department for Analytic Computing (AC), Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Stuttgart.
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Wortmann. Chair for Computing in Architecture, Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), University of Stuttgart 
  • Dr. Daniel Hernández. Department for Analytic Computing (AC), Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Stuttgart.
  • Fathya Zemoouri. Doctoral researcher, Department for Analytic Computing (AC), Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Stuttgart.
  • Diellza Elshani. Doctoral researcher, Institute for Computational Design and Construction.

Publications

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