Schoch Dienstleistungen für Architektur GmbH
Research at CITA in Copenhagen

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Research in BIM at CITA

Besides his business in Zurich, Odilo Schoch has research activities at the Danish centre for IT in Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (CITA) , the research focuses on the benefitial symbiosis of the following elements:

  • architectural quality
  • creative use of data
  • improved sustainability
  • early design phases
  • lifecycle information management and thinking
  • BIM as a design- and working process 
  • quality management and lean processes

Recent research projects in BIM  at CITA are:

  • BIM augmented - using smart phone to visualize BIM geotagged data
  • customization of design processes in early phases using digital tools
  • GreenBIM - industry collaboration with DTI and Poulsen og Partnere A/S
  • UML (Unified Modelling Language) as enabler for early BIM
  • diagrammatic design approaches in construction detailing and distric planning 
  • quality management shifting scales -assessment of flow of resources

More detailed descriptions can be found is on CITA's website.

Shifting Scales and Creative Data

Danish architecture has a strong focus on formal qualities and the use of natural light. The artistic approach shows strength in particular in early design phases and as a triggerer of design concepts. Knowing that a ‘total management’ of large scale projects in the built environment is difficult to achieve, my research networks elements of conceptual design phase with the lifecycle-thinking through means of computation.

In particular the interaction with digital tools in order to represent non-formal architectural goals such as sustainability or social value is of great importance.

Odilo Schoch’s research therefore incorporates:

  • mass customization of digitally supported design processes (both related to project and designers)
  • parametric design in shifting scales (construction detailing to district planning)
  • use of techniques from neighbouring disciplines such as UML or Kaizen.

For more information, please check the website at the Rocal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Center for IT and Architecture (chapter BIM).