The AEC3 team have been pioneers in applying Object Technology since before the term was even invented. Objects offer the opportunity to simulate reality: not just their appearance, but also their other attributes, and most importantly their relationships and interactions with other objects. Objects allow applications to mirror the way people think about the world not as a mushy cloud of sensations, but as an organised and structured map. Using objects frees one to think about the processes going on in the AEC industry, not just the documents.

As well as helping to developing the schemas and dictionaries around which the AECOO industry are adopting, AEC3 has applied its experience and expertise to developing specific applications as proof-of-concepts and as commercial products.

Tools for design development and analysis
  • Partial model extraction and partial model merge functionality for model servers
    • EPM Jotne Express Data manager
    • Demonstration model server with versioning (PhD at TU Dresden)
  • Database and services for managing and publishing buildingSMART product data
  • Preparation of buildingSMART product and room information and drag-and-drop tools for updating blocks (AutoCAD CAD) and objects (AutoCAD Architecture and Graphisoft ArchiCAD)
  • Viewing applet for buildingSMART product data
  • Calculation of environmental impact and whole life cycle costs of building models, allowing the selection of alternative specification for building fabric elements
  • Two way interface to and from air flow and contaminant dispersion analysis and building model
  • Spreadsheet based interactive analysis of building model measurements (number, areas and volumes) and cost rates
  • Systematic naming and classification of elements in building models
  • Automatic pipe routing and sizing

Reports and summaries of building models

  • Summaries of spatial structure
    • Hierarchy
    • Area summaries
    • Analysis of escape routes
  • Comprehensive schedule of types and materials used
    • Building elements
    • Structural members
    • Mechanical , electrical and plumbing elements
  • SVG (scalable vector graphics) for web pages
  • Property and property set usage summaries

Automatic Checking of Rules, Regulations and Codes

  • Prescriptive Building Regulations
  • Performance based building regulations including Scotland Noise between dwellings in Scotland
  • Risk assessment of health and safety issues such as falls from working at height
  • SMARTcodes markup and testable concepts for :
    • Energy Conservation (US ICC IECC2006)
    • Access and egress (US ICC IBC2003 chapters 10 and 11 etc)
    • Room standards (example)
    • Court design guidance (example)
  • SMARTcode execution
    • AEC3 XABIO systematic execution and reporting
    • Integration into other model checking systems

Automatic Validation and Compliance

  • buildingSMART Published definitions
    • IFC 2x, 2x2, 2x3
    • Coordination view compliance
    • Implementers Agreements compliance
  • Contracted exchange requirements
    • Generic contracted exchange requirements
    • Norwegian NBS Electrical standard
    • USACE ERDC SCie (spatial compliance)
    • USACE ERDC CVie (coordination checks)
    • USACE ERDC COBie (handover and operational information)

Interoperability transforms between standards and applications

  • IFC (STEP: ISO 10303-Part 21) to and from IFCXML (XML: ISO 10303-Part 28)
  • IFC to and from GML, the international standard for geospatial information
  • IFC to KML, the published standard for Google Earth
  • IFC to the UN/CEFACT and UK CITE e-Tendering and Quantity Take off standards
  • IFC to and from USACE COBIE
    • spatial compliance checking
    • design summary
    • client required handover information
  • IFC to IBM MAXIMO, an enterprise asset and maintenance management system
  • IFC to PMO Web2.0/Semantic-web parametric product catalogue representation
  • IFC to and from EBPD/UK Building regulation Part L SBEM energy prediction
  • IFC to US COMCHECK energy analysis program (partial)

AEC3 has skills in many development languages and data schema tools

  • C, C++, .Net, VB, VBA, XSLT, Java, Javascript, Vbscript, Perl, ExpressX
  • DDL, XSD, UML, Express
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