Projects

BIM Planning

BIM Planning for Facility Owners (2011-2013)


The BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners outlines a procedure to create a strategy for integrating BIM throughout an owner organization. This guide, developed primarily for facility owners, focuses on the decisions required to define an organization's standard BIM processes and practices; design information integration strategies; and identify appropriate BIM contracting strategies.  The Guide is included in the National BIM Standard - US (Version 3).

The Uses of BIM (2012-2014)


This work builds upon concepts within the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide and the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners. This document presents a system for the classification of the Uses of BIM. This classification system provides a common language for the Uses of Building Information Modeling (or BIM Uses) that can be leveraged to communicate the precise purpose and context of implementing BIM on a capital facility project.

Using BIM in Construction (…)


Information Models developed within the early stages of a project can provide significant benefits within the construction process.  This project outlines the different ways that models can be used within construction, and outlines an approach toward planning the adoption of modeling throughout the design and construction process.

ifc dataArrow Application Development (…)


dataArrows ifcMiner is a free tool developed to facilitate querying information in IFC models.  It also contains a module for validating IFC models against related schemas.

GIS / BIM Integration


Sustainability and the promises of green design require an organizational transformation in which isolated technologies including BIM and GIS  are integrated together. Therefore, this project focuses on the development of a campus scale spatio-temporal relational database linking building information with geospatial data for a sub-campus of Penn State University. The integration of BIM and GIS in this prototype will be aligned with efforts in industry and academic research.

Virtual Prototyping and Visualization

Safe and Efficient Cyber-Physical Operation Systems for Construction Equipment


This award will conduct research to improve the safety and efficiency of cranes by integrating advances in robotics, computer vision, and construction management. It will create tools for quick and easy planning of crane operations and incorporate them into a safe and efficient system that can monitor a crane's environment and provide control feedback to the crane and the operator. Resulting gains in safety and efficiency will reduce fatal and non-fatal crane accidents.

Fostering Innovation and Learning through Immersive Virtual Facility Prototyping  (2004 - 2009)


The design and construction of facilities requires the conceptualization of complex systems and processes. While many industries have embraced rapid prototyping processes and technologies, the use of prototypes in the building industry remains in its infancy. Expensive scale models and mock-ups of building components are used to analyze design and construction. However, they represent only a single snapshot or configuration of the construction process. 3D and 4D computer aided design tools allow virtual models to be constructed, however they are typically challenging to manipulate and limited by small scale display for individual users.

Developing an Immersive Environments Lab  (2001 - 2005)


The Immersive Environments Lab was developed to evaluate the impact of immersive virtual reality for education and project visualization.  The Immersive Environments Lab has been used for many years to visualization projects.  The initial development was a collaboration of the Architecture Department, Architectural Engineering Department, and Penn State Information Technology Services.

Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Construction Cost Reduction through the Use of Virtual Environments


A virtual mockup of the auxiliary building of the Westinghouse AP1000 Nuclear Power Plant was developed to evaluate the benefits of using full-scale, 3-D mock-ups. The virtual mock-up was placed within the SEA Lab CAVE™, a five sided immersive projection display system.

Energy and Sustainability

Battery Energy Storage System and Training Initiative (BESS-ETI)


This project is convening experts from the electrical engineering and energy storage industries to create a robust education and training program for electrical workers and technicians. The portable curriculum and interactive web-based learning exercises created by the project will enable the expansion of energy storage training at community colleges and electrical worker training programs.

OpenStudio Enhancements to Support Energy Retrofit Projects


 The enhancements will further the development of OpenStudio and Radiance to support modeling of physically based lighting layouts and systems including daylight integrated photocontrol. These additional enhancements to OpenStudio, as well as Radiance, will improve energy efficient design for small and medium sized retrofit projects, while achieving high levels of lighting quality. These capabilities will continue to be supported by developing increasing levels of interoperability with BIM applications via BIMserver integration with a focus on extending beyond the core geometric information for energy modeling to enable more analyses related to lighting.

Integrated Building Life Cycle Process Model for Advanced Energy Retrofit Project (2012 - 2015)


Advanced energy retrofit projects are critical to contributing to the reduction of energy consumption within the United States and abroad. Successful retrofit projects require detailed coordination throughout the design, construction, and operations process. As a part of the consortium for building energy innovation, we developed an integrated building lifecycle process model for performing advanced energy retrofit projects.

Project Delivery & Lean Construction

Technology Enhanced Education

Battery Energy Storage System and Training Initiative (BESS-ETI)


This project is convening experts from the electrical engineering and energy storage industries to create a robust education and training program for electrical workers and technicians. The portable curriculum and interactive web-based learning exercises created by the project will enable the expansion of energy storage training at community colleges and electrical worker training programs.

Virtual Construction Simulator

Play, Simulate, Learn


The Virtual Construction Simulator (VCS) is a simulation game that teaches students the dynamic nature of the construction process and frequent changes to construction schedules. The VCS provides the user with an advanced 3D graphical user interface (GUI) for the development of the planned schedule, together with a 3D simulation environment. The purpose of the game is to allow the user to experiment with the planning and managing of construction schedules, while learning the difference between the as-planned and the as-built schedule.

ecoCAMPUS


The ecoCampus augmented reality educational application is focused on increasing students’ understanding of sustainability, LEED rating system, and design principles early in their academic careers.  This application allows students to redesign a building facade, and evaluate the impacts of their design on sustainability while visualizing the design in the actual building via augmented reality.

Globalization

Global Engineering Work Force Project


With improvements in modern communication technology, it is now possible to adopt virtual teaming strategies that facilitate better communication and management of global design teams. Many questions related to the successful implementation of these global design teams remain.

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