Visual Exploration for Assessing Design Variants


Evaluation of design variants is currently largely based on the experience of architects

  • Objectifiable criteria are only partially and detached from the creative activity
  • Opposing variant evaluations are inadequate

The causes lie in the lack of the necessary model detailing and in the lack of process integration

Scientific goals

  • Description of the interaction process with associated procedures including partial or complete detailing
  • Formal representation of the interactions including documentation and support for the traceability of the decisions
  • Evaluation support based on interactive visual exploration & representation of e.g. simulation results
  • Concepts for situation-related result representations



A) Interactions with analysis / simulation methods

  • formal description of strategies in partial or complete model detailing (feedback mechanisms)
  • Systematics of an adaptive, minimized, computer-interpretable BIM-based protocol
  • Recommendations for action for visual representation methods including interaction mechanisms
  • Concept of a comprehensible documentation of the interactions and selection of options in the adaptive detailing
  • prototypical implementation and evaluation

B) Comparative visual representation of the resuts

  • Derivation of visualization recommendations for analysis and simulation results
  • Conception of a rule-based bottom-up and a template-based top-down approach
  • Derivation of visual methods to support the selection of variants
  • Concept for the documentation of the selection - quantitative criteria and (partly) qualitative criteria
  • prototypical implementation and evaluation