BIM2SIM: Using BIM-Models for building performance simulation

4 September 2019, 16h30-18h00, AAC114, practice-oriented workshop organised by IBPSA Switzerland

Simulations no longer have to be selective examinations, detached from the planning process. In the right workflow, they can accompany the design process integrally.
Simulations are increasingly becoming an integral part of the design and planning of buildings, not only at the client's request, but because they add value to meaningful and sustainable construction and concepts. This applies to many aspects of planning, such as daylight, thermal comfort, heating and cooling demand, energy efficiency and fire protec-tion. As more and more projects are planned using digital planning methods (BIM/VDC), the process integration of simulations into planning is becoming increasingly accepted and relevant and can also be marketed in a commercially attractive way. At the workshop, the current status of the process integration of simulations into digital building design (BIM/VDC) will be evaluated and possible next steps, e.g. for a buildingSMART working group, will be discussed. The workshop will start with a best practice presentation on BIM2SIM.

Organisation: Manuel Frey, Head IBPSA Switzerland

AI: Building Science 2.0?

5 September 2019, 10h30-12h00, AAC114  >> Detailed program [pdf]

The fast pace of the digital transformation happening in our society generates a deluge of opportunities to increase productivity, efficiency and sustainability in many sectors. Building science helps architects during the design process of buildings and supports decisions for the amelioration of building energy performance. The large amount of accessible digital data are a key asset to ensure that current and future urban developments are and will be in line with the objectives of countries' energy strategy. In this workshop we will discuss if and how the last advancements in AI and Big Data analytics are capable of boosting innovation in the building sector and, at the same time, minimising its environmental footprint. A short introduction on how AI is currently exploited in other sectors (fundamental research, automotive,...) will be followed by a series of flash presentations showing successful applications of digitalisation on building design and performance. We will discuss the advantages, the challenges and the long-term sustainability of these approaches from both scientific and sociological perspectives.

Organisation: Dr Roberto Castello, EPFL

Open Science

6 September 2019, 09h30-12h30, SG 0213

The concept of Open Science is rapidely gaining the adherence of both funding organisations and universities. Open Science not only allows equal access to precious scientific information for all, it also offers new opportunities of collaboration and sharing knowledge and a much better use of already available data.

This is a hands-on workshop where the participants will be given a short introduction on the workflow that can be used to produce some meaningful results from the data collection to the data publication. Starting from freely available dataset (e.g. satellite images), the participants will retrieve them using existing codes (available e.g. from GitHub or C4Science). Ultimately, we will show how to ensure reproducibility of the analysis using the Renku platform. You will also experience, first hand, the publication to a public platform such as Zenodo. At the end, your analysis will be fully compliant with the FAIR principle. This workshop is tailor-made for people who want to dive into open data science for the first time.

This workshop is sponsored by SNF NRP 75 Big data - HyEnergy and the SCCER FEEB&D.

Organisation: Dr Dasaraden Mauree & Dr Roberto Castello, EPFL

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