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Multi-dimensional data fitting for the structural design of a simple timber connection

Livingstone, Andrew; Patlakas, Panagiotis; Milne, Mark; Smith, Sean; Hairstans, Robert


Panagiotis Patlakas

Mark Milne

Sean Smith


Josef Eberhardsteiner

Wolfgang Winter

Alireza Fadai

Martina Pöll


This paper presents a novel method of automating the structural design of timber connections and ensuring code compliance within a Building Information Modelling (BIM) context. The mathematical method of Multi Dimensional Data Fitting (MDDF) is presented and applied in a proof-of-concept example of a simple timber connection. The requirements of MDDF for this example are presented, together with a custom software environment built within Matlab to generate the fitting equation. Issues of dataset selection and high dimensionality are discussed and the fitting process is described in detail. The validation and verification of the resulting equation are presented, drawing on existing laboratory work. A proof-of-concept integration in a BIM environment is presented, demonstrating the benefits MDDF can have for Automatic Code Compliance (ACC). The paper closes by discussing the future potential of MDDF/BIM integration.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name World Conference on Timber Engineering
Start Date Aug 22, 2016
End Date Aug 25, 2016
Acceptance Date Aug 31, 2016
Publication Date 2016-08
Deposit Date May 13, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 2037-2044
Book Title WCTE 2016 e-book : containing all full papers submitted to the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016)
ISBN 978-3-903024-35-9
Keywords Timber engineering; structural design;
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