Ingeniería, investigación y tecnología
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The development and use of Tridimensional Parametric Prismatic Elements (TPPE) is introduced in this paper. Such elements are used as basis for the software specifically programmed by the authors in the Faculty of Engineering of Autonomous University of Yucatan, (FIUADY). The main purpose for this software is the virtual building of construction projects using BIM (Building Information Model). The mathematics and geometry used in the development of TPPE are show in detail. Also, the development of the reference system used to manipulate TPPE is presented. Procedures are shown for the calculation of geometric properties such as area, volume and length of an arbitrary TPPE. As a result of this work, we present a few software screenshots and a discussion about of development of the concepts for this paper. Some recommendations are made by the authors about using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for solving geometric intersections among TPPE. One of the most important conclusions of this work is, as mentioned, that most software tools available in the market today work like a black box and provide little knowledge contribution in order to improve BIM technology. Furthermore, the authors recommend that these topics can be used for educational purposes in undergraduate courses of Civil or Construction Engineering, particularly in Vectorial Calculus.
Keywords : virtual building; Building Information Model (BIM); CAD; fuzzy logic; construction software.