This paper examines the current state of the conventional
Design-Bid-Build project, wherein design intentions are manually translated to construction directives by subcontractors based
on industry-specific details. This process exacerbates a dilemma in design and construction; that often the designer may be
unaware of certain details that are involved in fabricating and assembling building components. Research for Knowledge Base
for Architectural Detailing (KBAD) proposes a system that takes advantage of current CAD software and programming language,
bringing together the information provided by and important to the design team with the data required by the subcontractor
to accurately produce architectural components, during the design phases of a project. The trade of architectural precast
concrete is used to demonstrate the potential of such a system. Solid modeling, visual scripting, and programming language
techniques working towards KBAD are described. Possible variations of architectural precast concrete panels, detailed with
window openings, reveals, and embed plates, are presented.
The paper was presented at the 2017 Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe)
Conference and printed in conference proceedings.
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