This paper presents a novel approach to modelling and documenting design knowledge: to use parametric technology to explicitly store knowledge which exists in a group of people (such as a company), so that it can be reused over many projects and grow over time when more projects are designed. This approach has been applied and tested on a test case of common concrete viaducts. The outcome constitutes the first iteration of the development of a parametric viaduct design platform, aimed for architects and structural engineers. The motivation was to counter the fragmentation of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry, where each discipline encapsulates different knowledge areas, which results in miscommunication and the loss of valuable information and time. The suggested methodology aims at combining the BIM principles  with the concepts of parametric and associative design, as well as visual programming  to develop a common design platform for the architect and the structural engineer. Such a platform ensures that both disciplines are working on the same design and merges their different knowledge areas into one model. The knowledge model evolves from a top-down UML diagram into a user-friendly, parametric platform for viaduct design implemented in Dynamo .
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019|
|Subtitle of host publication||Form and Force, 7-10 October 2019, Barcelona, Spain|
|Editors||Carlos Lázaro, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger, Eugenio Oñate|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||FORM and FORCE 2019: 60th Anniversary Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS SYMPOSIUM 2019) and 9th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures (Structural Membranes 2019) - Barcelona, Spain|
Duration: 7 Oct 2019 → 10 Oct 2019
|Conference||FORM and FORCE 2019: 60th Anniversary Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS SYMPOSIUM 2019) and 9th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures (Structural Membranes 2019)|
|Period||7/10/19 → 10/10/19|
- concrete viaducts
- conceptual design
- parametric design
- associative design
- knowledge model
Gkoika, M., Coenders, J., Nijsse, R., van Nederveen, S., Pasterkamp, S., & Rutgers, A. (2019). Novel Parametric Knowledge Modelling approach applied to Viaducts. In C. Lázaro, K-U. Bletzinger, & E. Oñate (Eds.), Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019: Form and Force, 7-10 October 2019, Barcelona, Spain (pp. 1108-1115). CIMNE.