Design Automation Lab

A research lab developing method and tools for supporting design decision making.

Software tools:

Nimble BIM

Research Overview

The research project developed an alternative performance-based of Building Information Modelling (BIM) design approach that was more lightweight and flexible that conventional BIM approaches.

In the early stages of design, iterative decision making processes require that large numbers of design options and variants are rapidly generated and evaluated. Existing BIM systems are too cumbersome and data-intensive to support such iterative exploration. This research has developed alternative methods and tools that allow designs to work with building information models (bim) that are much more lightweight than traditional BIM models, but that nevertheless are still able to embed significant levels of semantic information.

The lightweight nBIM approach to performance-based design.
The Möbius Modeller, a Parametric Information Modeller (PIM) in the browser.

Research Outcomes

Key research outcomes include the following: