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Irregular shaped building design optimization with building information modelling

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 15:15 authored by Sheng, LX, Yan, CP, Zi Siang SeeZi Siang See
This research is to recognise the function of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in design optimization for irregular shaped buildings. The study focuses on a conceptual irregular shaped “twisted” building design similar to some existing sculpture-like architectures. Form and function are the two most important aspects of new buildings, which are becoming more sophisticated as parts of equally sophisticated “systems” that we are living in. Nowadays, it is common to have irregular shaped or sculpture-like buildings which are very different when compared to regular buildings. Construction industry stakeholders are facing stiff challenges in many aspects such as buildability, cost effectiveness, delivery time and facility management when dealing with irregular shaped building projects. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is being utilized to enable architects, engineers and constructors to gain improved visualization for irregular shaped buildings; this has a purpose of identifying critical issues before initiating physical construction work. In this study, three variations of design options differing in rotating angle: 30 degrees, 60 degrees and 90 degrees are created to conduct quantifiable comparisons. Discussions are focused on three major aspects including structural planning, usable building space, and structural constructability. This research concludes that Building Information Modelling is instrumental in facilitating design optimization for irregular shaped building. In the process of comparing different design variations, instead of just giving “yes or no” type of response, stakeholders can now easily visualize, evaluate and decide to achieve the right balance based on their own criteria. Therefore, construction project stakeholders are empowered with superior evaluation and decision making capability.


Publication title

Proceedings of he 4th International Building Control Conference 2016 (IBCC 2016)




SNB Kamaruzzaman, ASB Ali, NFB Azmi, and SJL, Chua






Faculty of Education


EDP Sciences

Place of publication


Event title

The 4th International Building Control Conference 2016 (IBCC 2016)

Event Venue

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Socio-economic Objectives

Digital humanities; Expanding knowledge in built environment and design; Expanding knowledge in education