Project contact is Jean Proulx at Université de Sherbrooke
The proposed project will include the development of an interface between structural calculation software by Finite Element Analysis (SAP2000, etc.) and BIM tools (e.g. Revit) to software allowing to perform a complete lifecycle analysis such as OpenLCA and Brightway2. This interface will add, among other things, missing information to 3D models (envelope, type of HVAC system, etc.) and allow designers to carry out a summary or detailed analysis of the environmental impacts of the different stages of the life cycle, ranging from construction, the operation and the eventual upgrading of the building. This interface will also make it possible to accelerate the process of analysis of preliminary solutions (example: structural system wood vs. steel or concrete). The research project will also include validation on different types of multi-storey structures (steel, concrete, wood).