Workflow 2010: Designing Industry


Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Scott Marble, instructor, with Julie Jira

Muchan Park

Future practice Diagram

X-Information Modeling

SWD Smart Workflow Designer

The question that I pose in the future practice diagram is why architects are divided from initial startof the project and just take the owner’s decision for granted. The other context is that according to “revit”, 200 of registered architectural firms are using BIM not only as the design delivery tool but also collaboration tool with the other parties. This is 1% of total registered architectural firms in USA.(in yellow page, there are 20,000) How can we make them soft-landing on the extremely emergent terminological changes?

I propose Smart Workflow Designer who consult owner to make the project. This as a collaborative group, designs Smart Workflow model based on BIM system, which evaluate information, expectation, potential participants related to project, make permutations of potential collaboration through using 4d model, optimize the workflow from selection of participants, collaboration methodology to project schedule, and finally visualize simulation of future result of project.

Through this, we can prevent owner from having prejudice or preconception on specific solution, consider balance of design and cost, make more specific and integrated goal in earlier stage. Also, we can choose proper collaborators including project architects who might not have BIM system in their practice without losing their special knowledge and independent judgement.

Studio Diagram

This diagram begins with understanding that the project sequence is non-linear. Especially in the context of BIM optimization ability, we can expect non linear process to be controlled somehow and design complex workflow system where we can accelerate feedback from research to architectural detail.

Once we set up the rule-based decision making system (I hope this is CATIA), whenever we change inputs, we can get outputs as iterative result. So finally what we should ask is how to design rule-based decision-making system.

This diagram is one of theoretical solutions about it.

collaboration diagram


One Response

  1. Scott says:

    Comments on your Future Practice Diagrams:
    Your text description of the Smart Workflow Designer sounds a lot like an owners rep. Do you see the similarities here or do you consider the SWD to be different? If so, you need to make the distinctions more clear. I think the idea of a new role that would educate Owners on the advantages and potentials of new types of technologies and working processes is a great idea. Owners reps don’t always do this so your SWD could focus specifically on this as a way to differentiate themselves.
    As for your diagrams:
    – There are many roles for the SWD that you describe in your text that are not represented in your diagrams. Is the SWD a single person or a collection of people? Do they have a range of expertise or are they a single discipline? Where do architects fit into this?
    – The relationship between the SWD and the owner is not clear. What does the line with arrows on both ends mean to you? Does the SWD pursue the owner or the opposite?
    – Is the smart workflow model just a BIM model or does it serve other purposes? If it is a BIM model, how is it being used? Right now, your diagram indicates that it is a very basic model that links the typical members of a building project.
    – On slide 4, the red dashed line reads like a separation between the SWD and owner, and the design team – is this what you intend?
    – What is the significance of the multiple circles on the bottom of the diagram?
    – On slide 5, all information is indicated to go back to the SWD, what does this mean? Is this diagram meant to be the final and comprehensive version of your future practice?
    – I think your diagram needs to contain much more information and better represent your intent.

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