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The seventh dimension — optimizing the design

6+1 Dimensions The 1st, 2nd and 3rd dimension of the VDC model are the traditional geometric dimensions i.e. length, width and height.

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Background

The 4th dimension is the time schedule of the construction work. The 5th dimension the integration of the costs and quantities with the three dimensional figure. The 6th Dimension is the integration of data for maintenance and operation into the VDC model. This information not only enables the client and the facility manager to maintain and operate a building, it is also part of the design parameters used in the design phase to optimize the design of a building in order to ensure the lowest Life Cycle Costs (LCC) of the building and the optimal operation. The 7th dimension is therefore the integration of data that enables disassembling and reuse of the structural elements into the VDC model. That would not only enable the client to sell off the structural elements of his building when it reaches the end of its life or has to be refurbished for other purposes, it would also allow the client and his consultant (i.e. architects,

contractors and engineers) to take this information into consideration at the time the building and the structure is designed, and thereby not only to design and construct the building with the lowest Life Cycle Cost (LCC), best design and performance, but also the building with the highest value when it comes to future recycling.

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