CEE 111/211: Multidisciplinary Design and Analysis


This class is designed to provide a capstone experience for students in the creation and use of the emerging methods of virtual (computer-based) models in AEC design and construction. The class will give students specific theoretical and practical experience in addressing a key CIFE 2010 objective, to create a Building Information Model (BIM) that can be analyzed to serve >= 5 business purposes, e.g., architecture, safety, schedule, space use and energy. See the CIFE mission for a description of the 2015 CIFE member breakthrough objectives. Most design and construction companies now have internal competence in building modeling. Thus, students have competitive advantage in today's tight job market when they offer the competence to provide multiple analyses from building models.

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is the use of multidisciplinary performance models of design-construction projects, including the Product (i.e., facilities), Work Processes, Organization of the design - construction - operation team, and Economic Impact (i.e., model of both cost and value of capital investments) in order to support business objectives. This laboratory and project class will introduce students to Multidisciplinary Design and analysis of AEC projects using VDC methods.

Successful winter quarter class participation may allow students the opportunity for a 4-day mini-internship at a AEC company or agency over Spring break. Students who are interested and selected will do class projects with a small project with support of their sponsor. They will then test, extend and present their project models to their sponsoring partners during the mini-internship.

The class is a requirement for students who want to qualify for a Certificate as a VDC professional.

Since we learn best by having different learning experiences, the class will use the classic learn; do; teach method. Participants will be expected to participate actively to learn, apply and teach use of virtual models of building design and construction. The class is inherently multidisciplinary: it will explicitly consider issues of engineering and architecture, symbolic models, human-computer interaction, and business economics. The class is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students with curiosity about visualization, use and design of integrated symbolic and simple quantitative models in engineering practice.

Mini Internships

Last updated: 10 November 2011