An algorithmic BIM approach to advance concrete printing
International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE 2021)
Contribution to Conference
Building information modeling (BIM) has the potential to support algorithm-based design and data management, representing a promising methodology to advance concrete printing. In concrete printing, algorithms are used to accomplish critical steps during data modeling, such as slicing and toolpath planning. However, the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard does not support descriptions of algorithms in BIM models, referred to as “algorithmic BIM”. Storing algorithm semantics relevant to concrete printing in compliance with the IFC standard advances the replicability of concrete printing. Building upon an IFC-based description of concrete printing, an algorithmic BIM approach, i.e. an IFC-compliant description of algorithm semantics, for concrete printing is proposed in this paper. The algorithmic BIM approach is validated through a case study by describing and integrating a slicing algorithm and a toolpath planning algorithm in an IFC model. The results show that IFC-compliant descriptions of AM algorithms have the potential to enhance data modeling for concrete printing towards standardization.