AUTHOR: Kasper Ax
ESR NUMBER: ESR14
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Blumer lehmann + Designtoproduction
Contemporary workflows across the building industry are typically incorporating multiple computational models that enable a high level of complexity and precision, through dynamic data-flows between the various stages of the building process. In many cases, the transfer of data between the different disciplines in the various design phases happens more seamlessly through an associated network of models that perform different tasks to feed information back and forth in an ‘extended digital chain’. Especially in the pre-construction stages of a design process, from initial idea up until fabrication, various types of interfaces and simulation engines enable better analysis and planning possibilities for individualized design solutions. However, designers and builders plan, evaluate and perform assembly procedures through predominantly manual, inefficient approaches. The concept of ‘assimilated assembly’ aims to integrate assembly procedures into the extended digital chain, by establishing a planning tool that enables feasibility analysis of assembly sequences in early stages of design. The topic is researched from two mutually dependant angles that transfer concepts from the parallel fields of mechanical engineering, computer science and product design: ‘Logistic assembly planning’ concerns the overall efficiency of assembling a product where the most dominant factors include cost and time. ‘Geometric assembly planning’ concerns the spatial interdependencies of specific elements. The project hypothesizes, that transferring assembly planning as far into the early stages of design as possible, can save significant cost and time in the overall process of building. It is the assumption, that early identification of appropriate assembly sequences can be achieved through interactive simulations, making use of transformation matrices to describe interdependencies in a given structure in a given state space. The project will explore design ideations of variational frame structures that employ new alterations of timber joints, which are based on the principals of the typical lap joint.