The role of the HyCon design‐support tool in elevating hybrid concrete as a design option for structural frames

Martin Sexton (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Jack Goulding (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Xiaonan Zhang (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Mike Kagioglou (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Ghassan Aouad (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Rachel Cooper (Adelphi Research Institute for Creative Arts and Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Peter Barrett (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify interdependent barriers to the search and selection of new technologies by design engineers at industry, organisation and individual levels. A “proof of concept” HyCon tool is presented to demonstrate the role of information technology design support tools in supporting designers to overcome these inhibitors, in this case for hybrid concrete, by providing immersive and interactive, information‐rich environments to explore design solutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The HyCon tool was developed through a prototyping methodology encompassing a testing, analysis, design and coding iterative cycle. This was supported by case studies and industry workshops.

Findings

The results of a collaborative research project are presented, which describes the HyCon design support tool to promote the understanding and use of hybrid concrete in structural frames. This tool is built around a knowledge creation, application, storage, and retrieval cycle to envision and support the use of this new technology.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils an identified need to integrate technology management and design process considerations within the context of an information technology design support tool, and offers a “proof of concept” HyCon tool to demonstrate key issues and potential utilities and applications.

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Citation

Sexton, M., Goulding, J., Zhang, X., Kagioglou, M., Aouad, G., Cooper, R. and Barrett, P. (2005), "The role of the HyCon design‐support tool in elevating hybrid concrete as a design option for structural frames", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 568-586. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980510634137

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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