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Interactive Structural Analysis for the Conceptual Design Phase

Lilja, Mattias LU (2016) In TVSM-5000 VSM820 20161
Structural Mechanics
Department of Construction Sciences
Abstract
The importance of structural demands is usually overlooked in the conceptual
design phase. Architects commonly conceive the geometry of a structure without
much involvement of an engineer or with regards to structural demands. This is
in part because a lack of tools available to engineers in this phase. The common
paradigm for structural analysis software interface badly with the iterative and
chaotic nature of conceptual design. Developing tools that enables structural
demands to be a more prominent part of conceptual design should hypothetically
result in overall better performing designs leaving the conceptual phase.

This thesis investigates the requirements for, and the development of, a simple
structural design and analysis... (More)
The importance of structural demands is usually overlooked in the conceptual
design phase. Architects commonly conceive the geometry of a structure without
much involvement of an engineer or with regards to structural demands. This is
in part because a lack of tools available to engineers in this phase. The common
paradigm for structural analysis software interface badly with the iterative and
chaotic nature of conceptual design. Developing tools that enables structural
demands to be a more prominent part of conceptual design should hypothetically
result in overall better performing designs leaving the conceptual phase.

This thesis investigates the requirements for, and the development of, a simple
structural design and analysis application using a more direct interaction model
adapted to the conceptual design phase. Emphasis is on creating a user
experience that incite design exploration by developing a suitable user
interaction model and a design comparison tool. A game engine was used to aid
the development of an interactive and engaging environment.

Feedback and observation of users testing the application indicated that a more
direct interaction model can enhance user engagement as well as proneness to
design exploration, strengthening similar results in previous work done in this
field. Feedback also indicated that a developed tool, aimed at design comparison,
became poorly used. Testers argued that the tool was potentially powerful, but
needs a more integrated implementation than the one used in this application,
which did not engage users enough.

The developed application is called StructSTUDIO and is available online at
structarch.org/ids/. (Less)
Popular Abstract
Few tools are available which allows for structural analysis in the conceptual design phase. Common structural analysis software failsto meetsome ofthe demands of this phase, attributing as a contributing factor to why structural demands are usually not incorporated into early design.
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author
Lilja, Mattias LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Interaktiv Strukturanalys i den Konceptuella Designfasen
course
VSM820 20161
year
type
H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
subject
keywords
conceptual structural design, direct manipulation, interactive structural analysis, structural design comparison, konceptuell strukturdesign, direkta interaktionsmodeller, interaktiv strukturanalys, jämförelse av mekaniska system
publication/series
TVSM-5000
report number
TVSM-5209
ISSN
0281-6679
language
English
id
8893354
alternative location
http://www.byggmek.lth.se/english/publications/tvsm-5000-masters-dissertations/
date added to LUP
2016-10-24 14:53:43
date last changed
2017-04-23 18:56:06
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  abstract     = {The importance of structural demands is usually overlooked in the conceptual
design phase. Architects commonly conceive the geometry of a structure without
much involvement of an engineer or with regards to structural demands. This is
in part because a lack of tools available to engineers in this phase. The common
paradigm for structural analysis software interface badly with the iterative and
chaotic nature of conceptual design. Developing tools that enables structural
demands to be a more prominent part of conceptual design should hypothetically
result in overall better performing designs leaving the conceptual phase.

This thesis investigates the requirements for, and the development of, a simple
structural design and analysis application using a more direct interaction model
adapted to the conceptual design phase. Emphasis is on creating a user
experience that incite design exploration by developing a suitable user
interaction model and a design comparison tool. A game engine was used to aid
the development of an interactive and engaging environment.

Feedback and observation of users testing the application indicated that a more
direct interaction model can enhance user engagement as well as proneness to
design exploration, strengthening similar results in previous work done in this
field. Feedback also indicated that a developed tool, aimed at design comparison,
became poorly used. Testers argued that the tool was potentially powerful, but
needs a more integrated implementation than the one used in this application,
which did not engage users enough.

The developed application is called StructSTUDIO and is available online at
structarch.org/ids/.},
  author       = {Lilja, Mattias},
  issn         = {0281-6679},
  keyword      = {conceptual structural design,direct manipulation,interactive structural analysis,structural design comparison,konceptuell strukturdesign,direkta interaktionsmodeller,interaktiv strukturanalys,jämförelse av mekaniska system},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {TVSM-5000},
  title        = {Interactive Structural Analysis for the Conceptual Design Phase},
  year         = {2016},
}