published in 2007 in DMG Thesis Archives, Winter Quarter
Architecture design is a complex action related to creation and arrangement of space and function. This action contains much complex building information which is difficult to document within 1 or 2 pages and this information usually accompanies the whole lifecycle of the building. Architects usually document their design via two-dimensional drawings such as plan, section and elevation, and use text labels within the drawings to help themselves or clients identify different information. Although most building information has been determined and documented during design, this information is rarely used after the construction process finished. In addition, during the design process, designers often use verbal-interaction or graphic metaphors when they communicate with partners. Only sophisticated person could have capability to draw or read these documents. Indeed, these metaphors of design documents seems to serve a memory encoding function for the designer , helping to store rationale , purpose , and knowledge for later retrieval. Sometimes even an architect could misunderstand the drawings when they identify the drawings. For clients or occupants, it is more difficult to decode or search building information correctly from immense documents. Furthermore, people with different background may have different interpretation to these symbols. DVIN was developed to address these challenges. It use linked plan view and rendered image as an interface which provides users great accessibility to varied building information. This system also makes design knowledge explicit and formalized to clients and occupants. By this system, knowledge model can be present via rendered image through internet. Clients and customer can easily find any information which is provided by manufacture or architect directly and timely. After the design and construction process is finished, this system also can be used for building maintenance and management. This system explores the possibility of visualizations knowledge model as an interface through the whole building lifecycle.