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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Technology > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Architecture and Product Design > Trends of 4D CAD Applications for Construction Planning

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Title: Trends of 4D CAD Applications for Construction Planning
Authors: Heesom, David
Mahdjoubi, Lamine
Citation: Construction Management and Economics, 22(2): 171 - 182
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Journal: Construction Management & Economics
Issue Date: 2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/23535
DOI: 10.1080/0144619042000201376
Additional Links: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713664979
Abstract: Since the early 1990s, there has been a growing interest in four-dimensional computer aided design (4D CAD) for construction project planning. Commercial 4D CAD applications are becoming more accessible and the use of this technology allows the construction planner to produce more rigorous schedules. A review of the technical competencies of these packages highlights that most of the commercially available packages concentrate on the use of 4D CAD simulations for aesthetic visualization purposes. Very few packages offer the ability to carry out analytical tasks on the developed simulation and this is often left to the interpretation of the user. A thorough appraisal of emerging research developments in 4D planning highlights that this technology is employed for various applications; however, the amount of detail required in a 4D simulation is still ambiguous. A model is proposed to determine the attributes required for use with each of the various applications of 4D CAD simulations. Finally, various lines of future research are highlighted, including the need for improved use of data exchange standards and the automation of linking the construction tasks to the 3D CAD model.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: As a result of the reported work a 4D-modelling course was created and disseminated to the construction industry via a £1M training grant from the European Social Fund.
Keywords: Visual planning tools
Construction planning
Simulation
4D modelling
Computer aided design
ISSN: 01446193
1466433X
Appears in Collections: Architecture and Product Design

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