Computer integrated virtual 3D model for conceptual cost estimate

A. Jrade, S. Alkass

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Conceptual estimating is an important stage of a construction project cycle, it assists owners and designers in their decision to accept or reject a project prior to committing funds. This paper presents and discusses a proposed framework for a Computer Integrated Virtual 3D Model for Conceptual Cost Estimation. The model integrates 3D-CAD drawings with relational databases in a Virtual Reality Environment to animate building projects on the web environment. The modularity of the model allows a dynamic link between relational database and 3D-CAD drawing so that a new conceptual estimate is automatically generated any time the drawing design is modified. Moreover, the preceding drawing once rendered will be viewed and animated on the web using Virtual Reality Browser. Doing so, owners, cost engineers and estimators will be provided with a tool that automates the preparation of conceptual cost estimate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCE 31st Annual Conf. Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication2003 Building our Civilization - 5th Construc. Specialty Conf., 8th Environ. and Sustainable Eng. Specialty Conf. and Offshore Engineering Specialty Conference
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - 31st Annual Conference: 2003 Building our Civilization - Moncton, NB, Canada
Duration: Jun 4 2003Jun 7 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering


ConferenceCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - 31st Annual Conference: 2003 Building our Civilization
CityMoncton, NB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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