Chalmers, Luke A.1

1) Masters of Architecture, Principal Architect. STUDIO01., Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract: This paper proposes to redefine early architecture processes to include Design Information Modeling (DIM) as a precursor to Building Information Monitoring (BIM). Using derived information from Internal Positioning Systems (IPS) via Wi-Fi based positioning, to examine movement within private residences. Providing, initially, dot distribution maps as graphic depiction of users within selected spaces, and later, development of point 3D cloud data models for implementation in early design. It is proposed that the initial move toward DIM should be through the use of spatial monitoring of users through tracking of mobile devices across Wi-Fi networks. It is proposed that this be conducted through recording of strength of signal between receivers within residential properties. Information gathered will influence early architectural design through generation of spatial mapping data in the form of point cloud models, in an effort to analyze exact use of space with consideration to development of efficient spaces for future architectural projects. It is proposed that through tracking of mobile devices within a space, a deeper understanding of spatial attributes can be developed, analyzing user movement and spatial interaction. This information, in the same way BIM impacts the procurement of architectural projects, will enhance pre-design and design phases through evaluation of previous projects and efficiencies shown. The recording of this information will provide a means to analyze spatial development through architectural projects. It is intended that IPS can be used for residential studies, to enhance the practicality and explicit use of residential spaces. The introduction of DIM will drive spatial analysis of architecture in early stages, delivering smarter and more efficient designs. It is proposed that developing spatial models based on dot distribution and point cloud data can be loaded directly into the architectural BIM model as an analytical tool which can be stored for future use.

Keywords: DIM, BIM, IPS, Wi-Fi Tracking, Mapping, Architecture, Residential Design, Mobile Tracking.

Bibliographical Reference:
Luke A. Chalmers. “DIM; DESIGN INFORMATION MODELLING TO SUPPORT EARLY DESIGN IN ARCHITECTURE; THROUGH THE USE OF MOBILE TRACKING.” In Proceedings of International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics (ICCBEI 2015), 45. Tokyo, Japan, 2015.