Clash Resolution Optimization based on Component and Clash Dependent Networks

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Hu, Yuqing
Castro-Lacouture, Daniel
Eastman, Charles M.
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Effective coordination across multi-disciplines is crucial to make sure that the locations of building components meet physical and functional constraints. Building information modeling (BIM) has been increasingly applied for coordination and one of its most widely used applications is automatic clash detection. The realistic visualization function of BIM helps reduce ambiguity and expedites clash detection. However, many project participants criticize automatic clash detection, as many detected clashes are irrelevant with no significant impact on design or construction work, thereby decreasing the precision of clash results and the benefits of BIM. In addition, clash detection consists of discovering problems, but it does not entail solving these clashes. Even though some studies discussed automatic clash detection, they rarely discussed the dependence relationships between building components. However, a building is an inseparable whole, and the dependent relationships among building components propagate the impact of clashes. Relocating one object to correct one clash may result in other objects violating spatial constraints, which may directly cause new clashes or indirectly cause them through relocating other components. Therefore, figuring out the dependency among clash objects with peripheral building components is useful to optimizing clash solutions by avoiding change propagation. Algorithms are designed to automatically capture dependency relations from models to construct a component dependency network. The network is used as an input to distinguish irrelevant clashes for improving clash detection quality by analyzing the relations between clash components and the relations between clash components with their nearby components. The feasibility to harness the clash component network and graph theory are also explored to generate the clash component change list for minimizing clash change impact from a holistic perspective. In addition, this study demonstrates how to use BIM information to refine clash management, and specifically focus on designing a hybrid clash correction sequence to minimize potential iterative adjustments. The contributions of this study exist at three levels. The most straightforward contribution is that this research proposed a method to improve clash detection quality as well as to provide decision support for clash resolution, which can help project teams to focus on important clashes and improve design coordination efficiency. In addition, this research proposes a new perspective to view clashes, switching the clash management focus and inspiring researchers to focus on finding global optimal solutions for all clashes other than a single clash. The third level is that even though this research focuses on clash management, the optimization algorithms based on graph theory can be used in other interdependent systems to improve design and construction performance.
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