BIM for Design Generation, Analysis, Optimization, and Construction Simulation of a Martian Habitat

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Abstract

Autonomous construction, assembly, and 3D printing of concrete are promising technologies for building structures in the near-term on Earth and longer-term in extra-terrestrial environments like Mars. However, such technologies require design professionals to optimize the building design for constructability constraints imposed by the 3D printing system and material characteristics, in addition to traditional design criteria. Recent advances in multiobjective optimization showcase the potential to leverage building information modeling (BIM) for optimizing building design to meet multiple objectives. The Pennsylvania State University participated in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, which had a virtual construction level focused on leveraging BIM for the design of a Martian habitat, and an actual construction level focused on the autonomous construction of a subscale version of the design. This work demonstrates the underlying BIM-based framework that our team developed to identify the optimal design and perform 4D simulation of the robotic construction process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarth and Space 2021
Subtitle of host publicationSpace Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments - Selected Papers from the 17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments
EditorsPaul J. van Susante, Alaina Dickason Roberts
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1208-1219
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483374
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments: Space Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments, Earth and Space 2021 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Apr 19 2021Apr 23 2021

Publication series

NameEarth and Space 2021: Space Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments - Selected Papers from the 17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments

Conference

Conference17th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments: Space Exploration, Utilization, Engineering, and Construction in Extreme Environments, Earth and Space 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period4/19/214/23/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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