Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
School of Industrial Engineering and Management
Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the latest development in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. This development can be used for planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of any facility. The majority of the users of BIM technology are architects. Although its benefits had been highlighted and underlined especially in comparison with older developments such us Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools, its implementation is considered still in an early stage due to low adoption from architects.
Right now in Sweden and more specifically in the Stockholm area, the construction sector is booming due to the increased demand for housing. Thus, there is an increased demand for more houses in a shorter time.
BIM is a technology that can enhance the society in terms of design and construction with regard to the building environment. This can be achieved by avoiding human errors, decreasing project costs, increasing the productivity and quality, and reducing the project delivery time. Moreover, BIM can assist the management team in maintaining and operating different facilities.
The focus of this research is on the barriers to adopting BIM technology in architectural companies. Furthermore, the attempt will be to investigate the individual, organizational and technical aspects that affect BIM adoption. This study will implement a qualitative research method by in-depth interviewing four professionals in the area of architectural design.
This investigation will be driven by the main research question, which is: What are the barriers to adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in architectural companies?
You can dowload and read the thesis in the link below:
Dissertation and Diploma Project
Master in Architectural Engineering
School of Architectural Engineering
National Technical University of Athens - N.T.U.A., Athens, Greece
In my dissertation project in NTUA I investigated the Mechanisms of projection and museum applications in diverse fields. The study of this subject was originated by the role of architecture in a consumer society and how both of them collaborate in the form and function of the space, architectural languages and marketing strategies. Concretely, I studied and compared three buildings from ‘‘a priori’’ divergent functional areas set in the same social and economic background (museum, department store, fitness center). Finally, my conclusions were despite their differences, how they present us similarities and suggests us new interpretive correlations of the architecture space and its perception.
DIPLOMA PROJECT (NTUA):
IDEA: A museum in the city center of Athens where can support and promote the academic research activities of the school of Architectural Engineering-NTUA by storing and exhibiting the individual final design projects. A space where scale model workshops and thematic exhibitions could take place (i.e. per architectural movement / time / architect / student- architect).
KEY CHALLENGES: Integration of contemporary architecture to urban environment of particular character (the context included: three ruined Neoclassical Buildings, Archaeological Finds from 5th century BC, Office buildings and a neighborhood of mixed morphological architectural buildings).
DESIGN PRINCIPLES: We decide to present a continuation of the urban and public space into the site. The excavation already done is intensified in order to reveal all archaeological finds while maintaining the natural environment which is rare in the city center. We create a variable lightweight modular system of metal lofts and ramps which float above the ancient findings whilst allowing their visual contemplation at any level. The exhibition area consists of three towers (modulus). A single roof of concrete follows the city height and organizes and unifies the lofts. The morphological intervention in the neoclassical buildings is discreet, focusing mostly in the restoration and the funcional coexistence with the building proposal.
You can see below the Dissertation and Diploma Project presentation done at VARG Arkitekter AB:
Code 24, Urban and Railway development in Patras (Swiss- Greek Seminar Week 9-16/7/2013, Workshop Outcome (ETH Zurich- University of Patras- NTUA) ) , Public Presentation (Download Project in English here) | Team Members: Dimitris Agoras, Felix Sutter, Theodora Papamichail, George Papathomas, Steven Cann, Maria Tassopoulou | Patras, Greece, 2013
Our concept is broken down into the various transport sectors plus urban design considerations. The individual measures are based on an analysis of the transport needs of Greece on a larger scale and the needs of the city of Patras on a smaller scale.
· Freight: (download the Project for more details)
· Intercity passenger traffic: (download the Project for more details)
· Suburban public transport: (download the Project for more details)
· Urban design: Today the train line cuts the city-centre off from its waterfront. Our concept would allow the reconnection of these elements using a landscape approach. Around the station Agios Dionisius, we suggest folding up the ground in order to create terraced surfaces and ramps. The extension of the dock defuses the tension of the city to the sea. The new surfaces allow people to sit and lie in the sun. From these points you can overlook the different aspects of the city and the harbour. The mixed facilities we mentioned are placed on and under the folded surfaces, allowing for a concentration of uses such as public space, entertainment, cultural and commercial activities.
The advantages of these solutions are much lower costs, the possibility of implementing the project in different phases independently from each other and the connection of the city and the waterside, releasing new development potential in the city. The money saved with the rejection of the underground line and station could be better invested in the improvement of the urban public transport system and in the reopening and modernisation of the existing metric gauge railway southwards.
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