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A Framework for Developing Parametric Modelling Tools : A Case study of Water Pumping Stations

Roest, Jasper (2023) A Framework for Developing Parametric Modelling Tools : A Case study of Water Pumping Stations.

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Abstract:Water pumping stations are critical assets within the water management system in the Netherlands. Many of these assets are due for replacement in the coming years. However, civil engineering profession is experiencing a scarcity of professionals, and factors such as an aging workforce contribute to the industry’s difficulty in keeping up with digital transformation. Parametric design is an iterative design process that utilizes underlying design algorithms driven by parameters. This research developed a framework for the parametric modelling of civil structures resembling water pumping stations by creating a parametric modelling tool. Object-oriented modelling approaches were employed within this framework to understand the components and definitions comprehensively. The underlying design grammar and the sequential steps required to design a model corresponding to a detailed preliminary design level were examined. These steps were incorporated into the Gemalen Tool, which was developed and tested as proof-of-concept. The tool underwent validation rounds and a case study to assess its effectiveness. The findings revealed that a parametric modelling tool for water pumping stations is a feasible concept that enhances efficiency while remaining usable and functional. Therefore, the applied concepts can be a framework for developing other parametric modelling tools.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
TAUW bv, Deventer, the Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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