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HyCon - a virtual reality design support tool for hybrid concrete structural frames

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posted on 22.12.2014, 11:48 by Martin Sexton, Andrew Dainty, David G. Proverbs, Ghassan Fouad Aouad, Jacqui Glass, J. Goulding, Michail Kagioglou, D. Oloke, Paul O. Olomolaiye, Andrew Price, Robby SoetantoRobby Soetanto, Xiaoxing Zhang
Hybrid concrete can provide high quality, cost effective structural frames in a variety of situations when compared to other, more conventional, solutions such as in-situ concrete and steel frames. The key players in the design and construction supply chain process for hybrid concrete are lead frame contractors and design engineers. The use of hybrid concrete, however, is sometimes not considered by contractors and designers during the initial stages of design. This is often because of a lack of reliable and accessible hybrid concrete cost and production time information. Without this information, contractors and designers may disregard hybrid concrete as a design alternative, potentially omitting the most appropriate solution before it has even been considered. This paper reports on a collaborative research project in the United Kingdom which has developed HyCon - a prototype design support tool which allows contractors and designers at the conceptual design stage to carry out "what if?" analysis in a virtual reality environment to consider various hybrid concrete alternatives against a range of 'hard' and 'soft' performance criteria. The 'hard' criteria allow contractors and designers to assess initial and whole life cycle cost and production duration implications. The 'soft' criteria encourage the whole project team to assess and prioritise the importance and performance of design alternatives against criteria such as physical form and space.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Proceedings of the 8th International Congress and Exhibition .


113 - 114


SEXTON, M. ... et al, 2005. HyCon - a virtual reality design support tool for hybrid concrete structural frames. IN: Borghoff, M., Gottschalg, A., and Mehl, R (eds.), Proceedings of the 18th BIBM International Congress and Exhibition, RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam, 11-14 May 2005. Woerden, The Netherlands: BFBN, pp.113-114.


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