User-centred design for the interface of an Artificial Intelligence buildability tool

Mitrana, Gabriela (2021). User-centred design for the interface of an Artificial Intelligence buildability tool. Thesis (Master thesis), E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM).

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Title: User-centred design for the interface of an Artificial Intelligence buildability tool
Author/s:
  • Mitrana, Gabriela
Contributor/s:
  • Ramírez Rodríguez, Jaime
  • Eggink, Wouter
Item Type: Thesis (Master thesis)
Masters title: Digital Innovation: Human Computer Interaction and Design
Date: July 2021
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Over the next thirty years, the population of the world will increase by more than 2 billion. This growth will focus on urban areas and will translate in an urgent need to build more housing and develop the infrastructure. The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry will be faced with both opportunities and challenges. They will get to design and build more, but they will have to take into consideration the already stressed resources of the planet. To this, the recent investments in the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector add up. With house prices only rising, it is becoming harder for young people to afford a house especially in urban areas. Moreover, due to the pandemics, the high levels of unemployment and wage cuts will make it impossible for many people to save to put together a deposit for a house. Thus, it is estimated that in the near future, more houses will be used for rent, highlighting a shift from home ownership. Within this context, Lurtis is developing a buildability estimator, which will enable developers and architects to maximize the potential of a plot and of an investment. This tool reduces the time of pre-design and can create dozens of design solutions based on user preferences and governmental regulations. Users can easily compare which project is more profitable, without the need to build anything, saving resources and time. The objective of this Master Thesis is to design the user experience for the buildability tool, in order to facilitate its adoption. The paper discusses the recent trends in the real-estate industry and explains the concept of buildability. It explores the strongest competitors in the industry focusing on their design strengths and weaknesses. It then analyzes the needs of potential users and provides different design solutions for the tool. The evaluation of these solutions is presented, culminating with details about the technical implementation of the buildability estimator. The paper concludes with a reflection on the entire design process and with future ideas to be tackled.

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Item ID: 69111
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/69111/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:69111
Deposited by: Biblioteca Facultad de Informatica
Deposited on: 23 Nov 2021 10:35
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 10:35
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