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

  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 MultiDimensional
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

  • Date:

    31 July 2016

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    World Timber Engineering

  • Library of Congress:

    TH Building construction

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    694 Wood construction & carpentry


Livingstone, A., Patlakas, P., Milne, M., Smith, S. & Hairstans, R. (2016). Multi-dimensional data fitting for the structural design of a simple timber connection. In Pöll, M., Fadai, A., Winter, W. & Eberhardsteiner, J. (Eds.). WCTE 2016 e-book : containing all full papers submitted to the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016), 2037-2044. ISBN 978-3-903024-35-9



Timber engineering; structural design;

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