Current & Recent Projects

Over the past 25 years, I have been involved in a wide range of projects. My current research takes place in the context of the Social Design Lab (www.SocialDesignLab.nl) and in my research group UrbanUX (www.UrbanUX.nl). Please take a look at these sites for current projects.

    

Past Projects

The list below offers an overview of past projects up to 2011.
The projects are listed in reverse chronological order. The first projects listed are on HCI, the latter in the domain of Building IT. Separately listed are projects in which I had a consultation role. For further information about any of these projects, please contact me by email.

 

2010-2011

domainHCI/CS

hostUMa, Bell Labs

type of projectEducation
Industry

Remote Presence

Remote PresenceClinton Jorge worked on his graduation project in the MSc in Computer Science at the University of Madeira in a collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories, Antwerp.

The objective of this research project was to design and prototype a collaboration environment, based on multi-touch capable, personal devices such as iPads and iPhones, that affords an engaging and effective experience to participants involved in distributed meetings or presentations. The main features of the envisioned environment are:

  • Ubiquitous meeting and presentation management tools
  • Intuitive and instantly shared interactivity with content, media, and devices
  • Synchronous, multi-modal communication between participants

Research question: Can this collaboration environment improve inter-participant interaction and involvement?

The initial phase of this project targets an iPad tool to allow interactions with a presentation to be communicated to a remote audience. We will design the interaction and measure its effectiveness in inducing correct understanding in the audience and engagement with the presentation.

My role: Supervisor.

Publication: NEM Summit (2013)

 

2010-2011

domainHCI/CS

hostUMa

type of projectEducation
Industry

Multi-touch, multi-user collaboration on a tabletop

Multi-touch, multi-user collaboration tabletopElvio Pita's graduation project in the MSc in Computer Science at the University of Madeira aimed to develop a application for collaborative editing of documents on an interactive tabletop.

The objective of this MSc project was to design and prototype a multi-user application that provides multi-touch interaction to shared media. This application provides collocated participants of a meeting a way to interact with all content on the table. The application is designed for a tabletop interface and allows users to have shared interactions with documents that are presented on the tabletops. The tabletop becomes an enhanced meeting table where the boundary between paper and digital documents fades.

My role: Supervisor.

 

2010-2011

domainHCI/CS

hostUMa

type of projectEducation
Industry

Touch'n'Sketch

Touch'n'SketchHugo Vieira's graduation project in the MSc in Computer Science at the University of Madeira aimed to develop a touch+pen interaction for a CASE tool.

The objective of this MSc graduation project was to find the most useful and usable multi-touch (finger) interactions with pen-enabled interactive screens. The hypothesis is that smart combinations of finger and pen interactions provide more efficient and accurate interactions than just finger or just pen interactions. In this project we design these interactions and build a prototype in order to test and proof their usability and effectiveness through user testing. The application domain we selected for the project is a CASE tool (Computer-Aided Software Engineering) that allows sketching so-called Human-Activity Models.

My role: Supervisor.

 

2009-2011

domainHCI/CS

hostUMa

type of projectEducation

Then'n'Now

Then'n'NowPedro Teixeira's graduation project in the MSc in Computer Science at the University of Madeira aimed to make old photographs available on mobile devices and, making use of GPS functionality, helping the user to find the exact location where these photographs were taken.

The designed and developed application targets Android devices and offers three modes for locating photographs. In a map view, the user finds an overview of nearby located photographs that are accessible through the online archive. Using the map, one can navigate to this location. Once in the neighbourhood, the photograph can be seen in the augmented reality view (using the devices in the upright position), which places the photograph in an iconic representation in the 3D space registered on the device using its camera. When the user is really near the photograph's location, the image will 'snap' to the display in semi-transparency and the user can move to the exact location where the camera's image and photograph overlay, showing 'then' and 'now' in a matched view.

My role: Supervisor.

 

2009-2011

domainHCI

hostUMa

type of projectScientific
Public/Industry

Madeira Life


News item in Telejornal of RTP Madeira, 11 Feb. 2009

Today, most people regard the Internet as the foremost source of information in their lives. The Internet is where we make contact, with friends, with organisations and events, with products and places. We book and reserve, buy or sell real products and services. In a way, we could say that the Internet is becoming an interface to the real world. Madeira Life is the ultimate portal of Madeira: it offers the residents and visitors of Madeira a highly interactive, social network with mobile and location-aware access. It is the place to share photos, video, audio, and text, and connect this content to where you are, as author or audience. Read blogs that were written where you are, hear stories and see videos about the place, or simply get information about sales and promotions nearby. You can get it right there, right now. Madeira Life will accompany you all over the island and be your best link with the world.

This project is a collaboration of Madeira-ITI with both academic and industrial partners:

  • Madeira Tecnopolo (science and technology park)
  • ZON Multimedia (internet service provider)
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Human-Computer Interaction Institute

The project is co-funded by ZON Multimedia and the +Conhecimento fund (Madeira regional government) and has a total budget of 633 k€.

My role: Primary investigator until April 2011.

 

2009-2010

domainHCI

hostUMa

type of projectScientific
Public

SINAIS: Service Innovations through social Networks, context Awareness and Interaction for Sustainability

HCI is a multi-disciplinary field in which sustainability research is an emerging topic of interest. In this project, motivational theories and research through design processes are applied to understand, motivate, support and encourage sustainable behaviour. The focus is on two domains: Home (referring to resource consumption of electricity, gas and water in residences) and Transport (referring to travel and commuting behaviour). The key enabling technologies and methods that will be deployed in this project include social network analysis, advanced sensors and data processing algorithms, and interaction design. The overall goal of the work is to weave these threads together, to meld sensor technologies and human-computer interaction design with the motivating power of social networks in order to achieve significant changes in the consumption behaviour of communities.

This project is a collaboration of Madeira-ITI with both academic and industrial partners:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Human-Computer Interaction Institute
  • Electricidade da Madeira (energy service provider)
  • ZON Multimedia (internet service provider)
  • Horários do Funchal (local transport provider)
  • Regional Agency for Environment and Energy (innovation promoter)
  • Intelligent Sensing Anywhere (telemetry and remote utilities management)

The project is executed at Madeira-ITI and at the HCII in Pittsburgh. It is funded by FCT (Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education) with a budget of 573 k€ for the Portuguese part of the project.

My role: Member of the research team until 2010. Primary investigator of this project is Nuno Nunes.

Publication: EuropIA 12 (2009)

 

2007-2009

domainCommunication

hostUMa

type of projectEducation

Culture's4us

This is an MSc graduation project by two students, Gustavo Fernandes in the Master of Computer Science and Gonçalo Luís in the Master of Telecommunications, both at the University of Madeira. The general objective of this project is to define and develop a new mode of communicating with tourists, pre-travel as well as during their stay at the destination. To achieve this, the project develops a web-based communication platform that is accessible from desktop computers but also targeted specifically at modern mobile devices such as cell phones and pocket computers.

C4usThe prototype developed in the project enables fully automatic geotagging of pictures taken by tourists using their mobile phones and uploaded to a server that tracks their travel over the island of Madeira.

My role: Supervisor for Gustavo and co-supervisor for Gonçalo, whose supervisor is José Manual Baptista

 

2005-2006

domainCommunication

hostJanus

type of projectPublic
Industry

Construction Dialogues: The Architect and the Contractor

This is one of a series of projects that aim to analyse bilateral communication in the construction industry. These projects are initiated and managed by the Dutch research foundation JANUS.
This project is the first one in this series. Its objective is to first enlighten the relationship between the two disciplines that are traditionally somewhat suspicious about each other. Then, we analyse why communication is not functioning optimally, trying to answer questions like:

  • do architects and contractors trust each other?
  • what are their mutual beliefs about characters and intentions?
  • what information is currently communicated?
  • what is the quality of that communication?
  • what communication is actually needed?
  • how can the communication be improved?
  • and eventually: what ICT means (models, tools, standards) would be needed?

Much research has been done attempting to answer the last question. We believe that it is essential to answer the other questions first, together with practicing professionals, through enquiries, brainstorm sessions, case-studies, and interviews with professionals and communication experts.

My role: Project leader, together with Aart Wijnen

Partners: De Twee Snoeken (Dutch software vendor), the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (Bouwend Nederland).

 

2005-2006

domainCommunication

hostJanus

type of projectPublic
Education

Construction Dialogues: The Architect and the Principal

This project was initiated by two of my graduate students, Silvère van Lieshout and Lesley Hamelton, to the model of the above described project. Although it was executed in the context of the foundation JANUS, the main objective was educational as this was the two students' MSc graduation project. The project resulted in the design of an enquiry among institutional principals and among architects that work for institutional principals. The enquiry informs about the professional relationship between these two groups of construction partners and gives insight in their mutual expectations and intentions regarding the communication process, their roles in the design process, the documents to be delivered and discussed, the critical issues in this entire process, as well as the interviewees' visions on possible improvements and the role therein of a variety of technologies.

My role: Supervisor, with Frans van Gassel

Partners: The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and some of their members, a selection of larger construction principals, such as the Dutch Government Building Agency (RGD), and De Twee Snoeken (Dutch software vendor)

 

2004-2006

domaineGovernment

hostTU/e
Janus

type of projectScientific
Public
Industry

The Digital Dormer: online building permits

DDDDormers are the most required modifications to peoples' homes in The Netherlands. A city like Rotterdam, yearly handles about 300 requests for building permits concerning dormers. The costs of dormers are relatively low and therefore the administrative costs will be relatively high. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of the submitted requests and to streamline the process of checking the requests. This is achieved through a website where citizens can 'design' their dormer online and provide all necessary information to automatically check for all building codes. The site also provides additional advise to the citizen regarding the construction, insulation, daylight, ventilation, etc. of the dormer. The citizen using the site can then submit the application for the building permit online. Finally, the construction project can be entered into an online tender, where local contractors can bid for the project.

My role: Project leader, together with Aart Wijnen

Partners: De Twee Snoeken (Dutch software vendor), Dutch Ministry of Housing, various municipalities including Rotterdam and Haarlemmermeer, a number of related organisations: InAxis, SAVE, EGEM, BWT, DSL

www.digitaledakkapel.com

Publications: ECPPM 2004, ICCCBE 2006

 

2005-2006

domaineConstruction

hostTU/e

type of projectEducation

RFID on the Construction Site

This project is the graduation project by MSc student Glenco Jansen. RFID tags are microchips that can hold information that can be scanned from a distance. They are already widely used in many industries, such as the retail industry, to identify products. In the construction industry, there is not much experience yet with using RFID to identify building elements, such as concrete piles. Glenco will design and execute an experiment to do exactly this. He will also analyse the impact that using RFID may have on the construction process and, in particular, on the administrative processes.

My role: Supervisor, with Frans van Gassel

Partners: Ballast Nedam (Dutch contractor)

 

2005

domaineConstruction

hostTU/e

type of projectIndustry

COINS – Product Model for the Civil Engineering Sector

COINS = Civil Objects and INtegration of processes and Systems

COINSThe objective of this project is to develop a product model of relatively high level of abstraction for the civil engineering sector (roads, bridges, railways, etc.). In this sector there has been quite some research on product modelling application, but this has been mostly academic and has not led to an accepted standard. This project does not initially aim to establish such a standard, but rather to establish an acceptable working methodology for future development of such a standard.

My role: Project member

Partners: Gobar consultants, TNO-Bouw

 

2004-2005

domaineGovernment

hostTU/e
Janus

type of projectEducation

The Neighbourhood Wizard

WijkWizardThe Neighbourhood Wizard (WijkWizard) is the graduation project by MSc student Léon van Berlo. The project comprises a website that allows citizens to evaluate the effects of changes in their neighbourhood. The site can also be used to make people aware of the consequences of the changes that they would like to see in their neighbourhood. It is thus intended as a tool for public services to help them get citizens to participate in urban redesign. Users of the site can suggest changes to their neighbourhood. A Bayesian Belief Network, filled with data from case-studies, is used to predict how these changes will be experienced by various parts of the population.
Léon now works at TNO, Delft.

My role: Supervisor, with Peter Erkelens and Reinder Rutgers

Partners: Architecture Institute of 's-Hertogenbosch (BAI), Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

www.wijkwizard.nl

Publications: DDSS 2006

 

2004-2005

domainIT

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

SwEET – Searching with Experience

One of the main assets of design offices is their knowledge about products, design methods, and construction methods. Mostly, this knowledge is in the heads of people working in the office, in the office's library, and in suppliers' catalogues. However, Internet is becoming an important source for searching for this kind of information.

SwEETIn this project, we developed a new search algorithm, that takes into account the user's experience with the domain in which he is searching for information. This user-based algorithm for page ranking uses the user's appreciation of terminology to rank pages that are found on Internet. The algorithm can be used to develop a search engine that customises itself to the user's experience. Additionally, the algorithm allows users to share their domain knowledge by making their customised search engine available to others. This opens new opportunities for online expert services and for the development of a so-called corporate memory of information on the web.

A proof-of-concept was implemented in the form of a small prototype search engine. While I believe this algorithm has much potential and I have some great ideas for further development, I haven't found any time for this yet. The algorithm was published at the CAAD Futures 2005 conference in Vienna.

My role: Project leader

Publications: CAAD Futures 2005

 

2003-2007

domainCSCW
Design Support

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

Co-located Collaborative Decision-making Space

This is the PhD research project by Nishchal Deshpande. The objective of this project is to develop a computer mediated, co-located collaborative decision-making space that leads to communication, knowledge acquisition, better shared understanding. These are critical issues for effective decision making in a multi-disciplinary (design) team.

CCDSNishchal: "Over the last decade the level of interest in the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) has grown enormously to support various collaborative activities. Basically they all support argumentation in one or the other way. While many environments do support the process of bringing people into collaboration, the participants often fail to understand each others' activities, knowledge, beliefs or communicating contextual information. My research project results in an interface for the interactive construction of a Qualitative Probabilistic Network (QPN) for 'playing' with propositions and for instant gratification while exploring the model of a (problem) domain but also for enhancing the deliberation of collaborative argumentation, and visualizing the insights of that collaborative discourse to build and support shared understanding."

My role: Co-advisor, thesis-advisor is prof. Bauke de Vries

Publications: DDSS 2004, IV'05, DDSS 2006

 

2003-2007

domainIT
Design Support

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

Multi Agent Systems for Collaborative Design

The objective of this PhD research project by Jakob Beetz is to facilitate the use of external knowledge from various resources and domains in a building design project. At design time, the designer has to take many external factors into consideration that affect the quality and performance of the building – especially in the early phases of the design. Unfortunately though, much of these additional factors are not accessible or take a long time to be calculated.

MASCDThis project combines product modelling standards (IFC) and semantic web technology (OWL) with multi-agent technology to develop a framework for agents that represent expert knowledge from a particular discipline, such as an HVAC consultant. Agents can also be developed to represent building components that are required to manifest certain behaviour in a building, e.g. a ventilation unit. In both case, the agent is an autonomous software objects that can be given a task in a certain context, such as making sure that the required performance can be achieved in the design.

My role: Co-advisor, thesis-advisor is prof. Bauke de Vries

Publications: DDSS 2004, CIB W78 2005, ICCCBE 2006, DDSS 2006

 

2003-2004

domainCommunication

hostTU/e

type of projectEducation

Digital Support for Collective Private Building Initiatives

CollPartOpdrgThe graduation project of Dennis Bottram has led to a prototype website for community-communication in the decision-taking process of private building initiatives. In the Netherlands, private construction of dwellings is relatively expensive. Collective initiatives are therefore increasingly getting popular and stimulated by the authorities. Companies offering management support are appearing, but this is intensive work and costs are high, even for such a collective. Experiments with the website have shown that effectiveness of communication can be increased significantly and decision-taking can be done both more swiftly and on a better-informed basis.

My role: Supervisor, with Stephan Maussen

 

2003-2004

domainDesign Support

hostTU/e

type of projectEducation

Generating a Long-term Maintenance Planning from a 3D Building Model

MeerjOndIn his graduation project, Bas Ekkelkamp developed a methodology and software prototype to compute a long-term planning for building maintenance. The prototype imports a semantically rich building model and applies a new method to compute the degradation over time of the various parts of the building.

My role: Supervisor, with Stephan Maussen

paper in Gebouwbeheer 2005 (in Dutch)

 

2001-2004

domainIT
CSCW

hostTU/e
IST

type of projectScientific

CoDesKs: Management and Communication of Distributed Conceptual Design Knowledge in the Building and Construction Industry

DCDKThe objective of this research project is to develop a technological and organisational framework for the management and communication of conceptual design knowledge in a distributed environment. This framework allows designers to model their expertise and use it in computational design reasoning; it also allows them to share this expertise, enabling them to use each other's design knowledge and reasoning mechanisms. The project has developed the technology and the organisational aspects that are required for designers to build up a common, but distributed, design knowledge base. Technologically, the result is a framework that implements a distributed object model with object-level versioning.

DesKsThis project was, in the first year, executed at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal) and co-financed by Eindhoven University of Technology and the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Education.

My role: Project leader

Partners: Instituto Superio Técnico (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal); Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology; Sverker Fridqvist (post-doc at Eindhoven University)

key-publications: ECPPM 2002, CIB W78 2002, Automation in Construction 14(4), Computers in Industry (vol.2006)

 

2001

domainDesign Support

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

Dynamic Information Modelling in Architectural Design

BAS-CAADThis short project brought together the research efforts of three European researchers in the area of modelling architectural design information. All three researchers recognised the need for a dynamic approach, the necessity for a design model to be conceptually adaptable as design proceeds and more information is becoming available or design decisions are reversed. They also recognised that no assumptions should be made about design methods and that design information models must support various methods. Furthermore, concepts such as space and user activity play an important role in early design stages and must be supported by modelling tools. The success of computer support for architectural design therefore depends on how well it supports a dynamic handling of design information, as well as if it can handle information regarding non-technical issues. The project analysed, compared and evaluated the long-term, independent research projects that were carried out at three European universities: Eindhoven University of Technology, Leuven University, and Lund Institute of Technology. The three projects all addressed the issues mentioned above. While their initiatives were independent and the developments are not formally related, they show strong similarities in terms of objectives, conceptual approach, and methodology.

My role: Project leader

Partners: Ann Hendricx (Leuven University), Sverker Fridqvist (Lund Institute of Technology)

paper at CIB W78 2001

 

1999-2000

domainDesign Support

hostTU/e
EU project

type of projectScientific
Public
Industry

Decision Support System for Building Refurbishment Design

This was an EC-funded research project under the Brite Euram program, number 4670.

BE4670Refurbishment design is a form of design where the existing situation plays a dominant role in the design process. Making use of typical existing situations and preferred refurbishment solutions, the refurbishment design process can be supported by Case Based Reasoning (CBR). This project developed a methodology and decision support system for housing refurbishment using CBR technology. The system is designed and implemented for distributed usage through Internet.

My role: System architect

paper at CIB W78 2000

 

1998

domainEducation Support

hostTU/e

type of projecteducation

ICT as a Means of Education

ICT and architecture are often viewed as separate subjects, that can also be taught separately. If the goal of teaching is to produce learned designers, then it is necessary to combine both issues into a single course. In this project we innovated a traditional CAD course that suffered from decreasing results. We identified the problems in the existing course and designed measures to be taken to reorganise the contents and didactical approach of the course. The main innovation in the course was the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) both in the contents of the course and as a means of education. Abandoning printed images as the result of students' work, the new course required students to create a web page to present their efforts on architectural design, modelling, and visualisation. This had a beneficial effect on the students' attitude and enthusiasm for the course. It also allowed better planning of the course in terms of computer-facilities. The innovated course showed how, when taught in combination, ICT and architecture can strengthen each other.

My role: Project leader, responsible lecturer

paper at ECAADE 1998

 

1997-2001

domainIT
HCI

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

Decision Making by Conjoint Measurement & Virtual Reality

ConjointVRIn this project we developed a web-based application that combined a virtual reality interface for users to experience design variants with conjoint analysis techniques to measure the user's preferences. The advantage of using VR is that users are better able to perceive the proposed designs. The advantage of conjoint analysis is that users are asked to make only a limited number of choices, the results of which are combined in an analytical way to draw conclusions about the participants' preferences.

My role: Web developer

paper at CAADRIA 2001

 

1996-2000

domainIT
HCI

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

Visualisation and Manipulation of Dynamic Data Structures in Virtual Reality

VRFtrToolThe PhD research project of Marc Coomans is about the design of a virtual reality user interface for the visualisation and manipulation of dynamic data structures. The project aims to explore how Virtual Reality can be exploited in applications which involves the manipulation of large graph-like data sets. It leads to the design of a 3D tool with which the designer can directly interact with abstract design information models. This involves an investigation in all aspects of user interfaces: graphical visualisation, interaction, input devices, implementation constraints.

My role: Co-advisor, thesis-advisor is prof. Bauke de Vries

paper at AVOCAAD 2001

 

1994-1995

domainProduct Modelling

hostTU/e
Calibre

type of projectScientific
Industry

Architectural Product Modelling

nobimbThis was a relatively small, national Dutch research project which was coordinated by SBR and executed by Calibre Institute in co-operation with VCA, the Dutch association for computer-usage in architects' offices. It was a demonstration-project aiming to show the benefits of product modelling in architecture to end-users and software-developers. The project has resulted in a product model for a specific office-building and in a prototype for architects to fill the model from within a CAD-system. Demonstrations of the project have shown how the model is created using the prototype, and how this information is communicated to a cost-engineer and an HVAC-engineer.

My role: Project member, co-designed the product model and implemented the CAD software

paper at CIB W78 1994

 

1993-1999

domainIT
Design Support
Product Modelling

hostTU/e

type of projectScientific

PhD research project: Modelling Architectural Design Information by Features

In my PhD research project the point of view is taken that design requires a dynamic way of dealing with information. Information models that are rigid, that cannot be manipulated in terms of the used definitions and structures of information, are not suitable for adequate support of a dynamic design process. At the start of this project, the need was acknowledged for an investigation of the requirements that must be fulfilled by information modelling tools for the support of creative design. On the basis of these requirements, the efforts on design support, both within the architectural discipline and in other disciplines, have been studied. Product Modelling at first seemed a very promising approach that already started to prove its value in a wide range of applications in the Building & Construction industry. However, it appeared not to meet the specific requirements for design support where creativity and a dynamic way of dealing with information is concerned. From the mechanical engineering discipline, a modelling technology has emerged that, although developed contemporarily to product modelling, has quite a different approach in several respects. This technology, called Feature Based Modelling, allows a designer to produce models that appear less rigid and are based on less presumptions concerning the definition and structure of information describing the design.

Cover of Jos' thesisIn the thesis, the possibilities for application of the Feature Based Modelling technology in the problem area of supporting creativity in architectural design are explored. First, the requirements are surveyed that must be fulfilled for this kind of computer support. Next, the concepts from the Feature Based Modelling approach are reviewed and evaluated in the light of these requirements. An adaptation of this approach to the particular conditions in architectural design appears necessary, this mainly concerns a broadening of the concepts to the wide range of information dealt with in the interdisciplinary field of architecture.

My role: PhD candidate, thesis-advisors: prof. Harry Wagter and prof. Robert Oxman

See my PhD thesis and many papers in the period 1994-1999

 

1990-1993

domainCAD

hostA CAD–Consult

type of projectIndustry

GBa – CAD software package for the Dutch architectural market

In this period I worked on the GBa project. GBa is a Dutch acronym for Geïntegreerd Bouwen Architectuur: Integrated Building Architecture. This project was part of a line of CAD software modules for various disciplines of design, including architectural design, architectural drafting, installations technology, electrical engineering, and urban design. These software tools were developed as an add-on to AutoCAD with many functionalities specific for the Dutch construction market. They were, at the time, the leading CAD package used in architects' offices in the Netherlands.

The project management responsibilities I had in my later years in this company included functional and technical design of the software, planning, budgeting, coordination of implementation and documentation, quality-assurance, etc. To assure that the software answered to the needs of practice, it was defined and developed in consultation with user-groups. As project manager I also participated in the committees of the Dutch association Geïntegreerd Bouwen (Integrated Building) for the development of GB software modules and multidisciplinary CAD conventions and standardisation.

My role: initially software engineer, later project manager

 

Consultancy Projects

In the projects listed below, I had a consultancy role.

 

2005-2006

domainCAD

type of projectIndustry

The Digital House

HDH The Digital House is a conjoint development of a product modelling core library for the next generation CAD systems of three Dutch vendors, in particular of De Twee Snoeken. Together these vendors hold over 60% of the architectural CAD market in the Netherlands. With a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Economy, these companies have developed an innovative library of product modelling functionality, from scratch, to replace the core of their existing CAD systems. These systems are strongly targeted at the Dutch construction market, which is their main selling point in relation to other, international, CAD packages. Since the new core library applies many new design-concepts of software development, most of these resulting from recent scientific research, my role as consultant and domain expert was requested.

My role: Project consultant

Partners: De Twee Snoeken (Dutch software vendor)

www.digitalehuis.nl

 

2005-2006

domaineConstruction

type of projectPublic
Industry

PAIS organisation

PAIS In the PAIS organisation, six Dutch national standardisation initiatives for the building and construction sector have been brought together. The objective of the PAIS organisation is to realise a coherent information structure for these standardisation projects, ensuring their interoperability for the long term. The development of this information structure is necessary to allow the building and construction sector to make optimal use of the possibilities of ICT, particularly in the communication between project partners. The validity and efficacy of the standardisation projects are subject to research in special validation projects. Currently, the following standardisation efforts are a part of PAIS:

  • VISI (digital support for project management in the transactions in civil engineering projects)
  • Stabu Lexicon (object library for the building sector)
  • ETIM/ITI (object library and standard for e-commerce electrical engineering and installations technology)
  • GS1 Nederland (standard for e-commerce in building and construction)
  • CROWOB (object library for the civil engineering sector)
  • ProRail object-tree (framework for data management in construction and civil engineering projects)

PAIS is strategically managed by a steering committee.

My role: Member of the steering committee

www.paisbouw.nl

 

2004-2006

domaineGovernment

type of projectPublic

The Environment Permit

VROM The policy of the Dutch Ministry of Housing is to reduce the burden of permits regarding building, construction, environment, etc. The final objective is to have a single type of procedure and a single desk that citizens are confronted with. To achieve this, much of the current legislation will need to be revised, as well as a new procedure be designed for request and approval of building permits. The first, modest step in this trajectory is the design and implementation of a single online permit request form.

My role: Member of the advisory group

Partners: Dutch Ministry of Housing (VROM)