This paper presents a novel method of automating the structural design of timber connections and ensuring code compliance within a Building Information Modelling (BIM) context. The mathematical method of Multi Dimensional Data Fitting (MDDF) is presented and applied in a proof-of-concept example of a simple timber connection. The requirements of MDDF for this example are presented, together with a custom software environment built within Matlab to generate the fitting equation. Issues of dataset selection and high dimensionality are discussed and the fitting process is described in detail. The validation and verification of the resulting equation are presented, drawing on existing laboratory work. A proof-of-concept integration in a BIM environment is presented, demonstrating the benefits MDDF can have for Automatic Code Compliance (ACC). The paper closes by discussing the future potential of MDDF/BIM integration.
|Title of host publication||WCTE 2016 e-book : containing all full papers submitted to the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016)|
|Editors||Martina Pöll, Alireza Fadai, Wolfgang Winter, Josef Eberhardsteiner|
|Publisher||World Timber Engineering|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Aug 2016|