Graphics: Frederikke Stouby Petersen og Timo Harboe Nielsen, DTU Civil Engineering

The construction industry was offered future trends from DTU students

Monday 11 Jan 16
The various professions involved in a building project should be better at cooperating. That was the message when two graduate students from the Master’s Programme in Architectural Engineering was asked to present their views on future trends in the construction industry over the next 10-15 years at Realkredit Danmark and Byggesocietetet’s New Year's reception. The two students also presented a new modelling tool.

400 people from the building and real estate industry was gathered on January 5 in Copenhagen to get different inputs about the future of the industry. Among others, the participants got the opportunity of hearing future trends for the construction industry, as viewed by two talented graduate students from the Master’s Programme in Architectural Engineering at DTU.

Together with her fellow student Timo Harboe Nielsen, Frederikke Stouby Petersen held a presentation entitled "Next Generation". The two students were asked to give their views on what will characterise the construction industry over the next 10-15 years.

"The conference is described as a meeting place for the entire real estate industry by Realkredit Denmark. Therefore, it was obvious for us to focus our presentation on cooperation between different professions seen from the structural engineer's point of view. Our main point was that development is slowed down, if the cooperation between the professional groups involved in a project is not good enough," says Frederikke Stouby Petersen, who is a student on the MSc in Architectural Engineering.

New modelling tool assesses the performance of buildings

In addition to the message of more cooperation the two students presented a new modelling tool that can be used to assess performance of buildings. The tool is called parametric modelling. The model combines geometry with a number of parameters and a set of rules for how these parameters are related to each other.

The model includes not only the geometry, but is also a design model and a daylight model. This means that one can assess the building's performance as a direct consequence of the geometry.

"If, for example, you were to make an extra pillar in a model of a building, the parametric model takes into account that there must also be an extra girder. The idea of the integrated model is that the same model will be able to act as a model for sketching as well as calculation. In order to exploit this technology optimally in the future, the various parties involved in the design process must work much more closely together, "explains Fred Stouby Petersen.

Frederikke Stouby Petersen and Timo Harboe Nielsen are both part of DTU's Honours Programmes, where students in MSc programmes are offered particularly challenging course of studies.

In addition to the two students from Architectural Engineering, Lars Holtse Bonde from the MSc in Mathematical Modelling was representing DTU.