Session 11 Interoperability

Interoperability session will be chaired by Dr. Rudi Stouffs

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Rudi Stouffs is Dean’s Chair Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Research) at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSC in Computational Design, also from CMU, and an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Free University Brussels. He has held previous appointments at TU Delft, ETH Zurich and CMU.

 At NUS, he leads the Architectural and Urban Prototyping lab, is Research Thrust Leader for Parametric BIM in the NUS Centre of Excellence in BIM Integration, and a Principal Investigator in the Future Cities Laboratory Global and Future Resilient Systems II research programmes at the Singapore ETH Centre. He is also vice-president (elect) of eCAADe, the association for Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe. His research expertise and interests include computational issues of description, modelling, and representation for design, in the areas of shape recognition and design generation, building information modelling and analysis, virtual cities and digital twins.    


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Dr. Robert Doe will give the talk titled:


Robert Melvin Doe is an architect, teacher and researcher at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. In practice and academia, he has pursued methods and examined technologies that improve interaction between participants engaged in the design and production of buildings
Robert has led integrated project delivery for the design, construction and management of complex urban residential projects in London, UK, and was a director of the Forge Company, London, which manufactured, supplied and assembled prefabricated components and modules for the social housing sector. Robert’s practice and research have addressed prefabrication and computational design methods that improve building lifecycles.
Robert has a PhD in Architecture focussed on, Integration of Computational Design tools in the Design and Production of Prefabricated Homes, from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Master’s degree in, Inter-Disciplinary Design for the Built Environment, from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a registered architect in the UK and Australia.

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Dr. Thomas Wortmann will give the talk titled:

Interoperability for Co-Design and the Future of BIM

This talk has contributions from Luis Orozco, Hans Jakob Wagner, Tobias Schwinn and Achim Menges.

Thomas Wortmann is the Tenure-Track Professor for Computing in Architecture at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received his M.Arch. at the University of Kassel, Germany, where he studied under the pioneering digital architect Lars Spuybroek and Manfred Grohmann, a founder of the well-known structural engineering firm Bollinger + Grohmann.

After working several years at NOX, Lars Spuybroek’s practice in Rotterdam, he continued his education with a M.Sc. in Design and Computation at MIT. In 2018, he received his PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Design from Singapore University of Technology and Design. His PhD thesis received the university’s “Best Dissertation” award. Before joining the ICD, Thomas taught at National University of Singapore and held a position at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.

His research interest is the use of computational methods, such as optimization, multi-variate visualization and machine learning, in architectural design processes. He is the lead developer of Opossum, an award-winning, machine-learning-based optimization tool that has been downloaded over 5.000 times.

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Jim Plume will give the talk titled:

Information interoperability through open standards: a review of current progress

Since retiring in 2012 following an academic career with a research & teaching focus on BIM across all the disciplines of the built environment, Jim has concentrated his professional work on the development of open international standards that support sharing information about constructed assets. He has undertaken that work under the auspices of three international standards organisations: buildingSMART International (bSI), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO). He is committed to the position that information modelling is applicable to all scales of the built environment throughout the entire life cycle, encompassing the notion of an integrated digital built environment accessible to all but with appropriate privacy constraints in place.

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Léon van Berlo will give the talk titled:

Forgotten Interoperability

Léon has a background in the construction industry, holding a master in Architectural Engineering. His focus has always been on creating automation using the full potential of data in the built environment. He worked in several roles for the National Innovation Institute in the Netherlands working on openBIM solutions for 13 years. Currently he is the Technical Director of buildingSMART International, responsible for the modernisation of the standards and the expansion of the openBIM ecosystem.