12. Examples of Distributed Intelligence on Large-Scale Building Lifecycle Projects

  1. Dr Tuba Kocatürk MSc Digital Architectural Design architect Senior Lecturer Programme Director and
  2. Dr Benachir Medjdoub PhD Lecturer Principal Investigator Reader
  1. Martin Riese

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392395.ch12

Distributed Intelligence in Design

Distributed Intelligence in Design

How to Cite

Riese, M. (2011) Examples of Distributed Intelligence on Large-Scale Building Lifecycle Projects, in Distributed Intelligence in Design (eds T. Kocatürk and B. Medjdoub), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392395.ch12

Editor Information

  1. School of the Built Environment, Salford University, UK

Author Information

  1. Gehry Technologies, Hong Kong

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333381

Online ISBN: 9781444392395



  • examples of distributed intelligence - on large-scale building lifecycle projects;
  • global industry of built environment - period of substantial transition, implementation of mature technologies and associated new working practices;
  • implementation of new technologies and working practices - a key element, global ‘construction industry transformation’;
  • design and construction processes - domain of people, with specialized manual skills, being augmented and replaced by machine automation;
  • internet-based collaborative technologies - bringing project teams closer together, defining factor in distributing intelligence;
  • ‘Distributed intelligence’ - bringing together project participants to focus, integrate and unify project knowledge, before construction begins;
  • value of improved building lifecycle information management;
  • Taikoo Hui BIM model - basement coordination;
  • Hong Kong hotel project BIM model;
  • fabrication-level BIM information - modelled into construction BIM model by cladding subcontractor Gartner


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Virtualisation in design and construction

  • A brief description of the virtual building lifecycle information management process

  • Example projects using virtual pre-coordination and distributed intelligence

  • An outline of basic functions of the new technologies and working practices

  • The emerging integrated digital design process

  • Conclusions and discussion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References