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Integrated industrial building design is an interdisciplinary task, in which planning of flexible building structures requires effective communication and collaboration between all stakeholders already in early design stage. This paper presents BIMFlexi-VR, a collaborative framework which implements a real-time bidirectional link between a parametric modelling component created in Grasshopper for Rhinoceros that performs optimized structural calculations of an industrial building, and an immersive Virtual Reality environment in which the automatically calculated building is visualized. Users of BIMFlexi-VR are able to change parameters defining the outcome of the structural calculation directly inside the virtual environment and see the modified building design together with the associated fitness metrics in a matter of seconds. Providing an efficient and intuitive platform for early exploration of industrial building designs, BIMFlexi-VR enables collaborative decision making and facilitates the creation of more efficient and sustainable industrial constructions.

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@article{podkosova_2022_bimflexi-vr,
  title =      "BIMFlexi-VR: A Virtual Reality Framework for Early-Stage
               Collaboration in Flexible Industrial Building Design ",
  author =     "Iana Podkosova and Julia Reisinger and Hannes Kaufmann and
               Iva Kovacic",
  year =       "2022",
  abstract =   "Integrated industrial building design is an
               interdisciplinary task, in which planning of flexible
               building structures requires effective communication and
               collaboration between all stakeholders already in early
               design stage. This paper presents BIMFlexi-VR, a
               collaborative framework which implements a real-time
               bidirectional link between a parametric modelling component
               created in Grasshopper for Rhinoceros that performs
               optimized structural calculations of an industrial building,
               and an immersive Virtual Reality environment in which the
               automatically calculated building is visualized. Users of
               BIMFlexi-VR are able to change parameters defining the
               outcome of the structural calculation directly inside the
               virtual environment and see the modified building design
               together with the associated fitness metrics in a matter of
               seconds. Providing an efficient and intuitive platform for
               early exploration of industrial building designs,
               BIMFlexi-VR enables collaborative decision making and
               facilitates the creation of more efficient and sustainable
               industrial constructions.",
  month =      feb,
  doi =        "10.3389/frvir.2022.782169",
  issn =       "2673-4192",
  journal =    "Frontiers in Virtual Reality",
  volume =     "3",
  pages =      "1--13",
  keywords =   "Virtual Reality in Industry 4.0, Collaborative BIM, VR in
               AEC",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2022/podkosova_2022_bimflexi-vr/",
}