Computer-Aided Conceptual Design of Building Systems: Linking Design Software and Ideas Generation Techniques

  • Ivan RenevEmail author


This chapter is dedicated to the conceptual design stage in construction projects. This stage defines most of further design and even construction. Nowadays, conceptual design is the least automated and the most human-dependent part of a complex design process. It is reasonable to link modern construction design software with ideas generation techniques, in order to enhance and to automate design creativity and effectiveness. In the chapter, we propose computer-aided automation of searching for new conceptual ideas and solutions, during the early design stage of construction systems, by using such tools from the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) as Function Modeling, Trimming, and Contradiction Analysis in Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. For description of our approach, we consider framed buildings and provide a case study.


TRIZ BIM AEC Function analysis Trimming 



The author would like to acknowledge Leonid S. Chechurin (Professor of Operations Management & Systems Engineering, LUT School of Engineering Science) for his supervision and fruitful discussions on the research topic. The author would also like to acknowledge the Finnish National Agency for Education for the positive decision on the financial support of this project (decision TM-17-10703 dated 08.02.2018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering ScienceLappeenranta University of Technology (LUT)LappeenrantaFinland

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