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Loughborough University

Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering


Dr Matthew Pilgrim


The Application of Visualisation Techniques to the Process of Building Performance Analysis

Project Title

The Application of Visualisation Techniques to the Process of Building Performance Analysis




Dr N M Bouchlaghem
Prof Dennis Loveday

Professor M Holmes

Director of Research:
Professor V I  Hanby

Research Period

1999 - 2003


The Application of Visualisation Techniques to the Process of Building Performance Analysis


Research on data visualisation is undergoing major developments in a number of different fields. These developments include investigating ways of applying visualisation techniques and systems for more efficient manipulation, interpretation and presentation of data. Research into applied visualisation has so far taken place in the fields of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Medicine, Social Sciences, and the Environment. In the field of the built environment however, the potential of new visualisation technologies to enhance the presentation of performance data from simulation programmes (of the type used by engineering design consultants, for example) has remained almost unexplored.

Aims and Objectives

The main aim of this proposal is to extend the application of data visualisation to the built environment.

  • Identify improved ways of visualising building performance data sets based on users’, architects and clients’ perceptions;
  • Develop a methodology for the visualisation of performance data sets using state of the art data visualisation techniques;
  • Develop a framework for the visualisation of building performance data sets superimposed on the 3 dimensional representation of a building in a real time interactive  virtual environment;
  • Benchmark the new techniques by means of user trial involving the design team and client representatives.

Method and Current Status

  • Review existing literature and visualisation techniques.
  • Survey current practice in data visualisation and presentation.
  • Investigate current ‘state of the art’ visualisation and virtual technologies
  • Develop human-factors based techniques for measuring the human cognitive performance of the visualisation system.
  • Test new ways of visualising data using the state of the art technologies.
  •  Develop an integrated methodology for the visualisation and presentation of abstract data combined with a building representation.
  • Identify test cases to be used in evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed visualisation methodology.
  • Conduct user trials and refine the methodology. 
  • Formulate methodology and explain its applications.

Currently concluding the literature review and preparing a paper for CIT2000.

Benefits/Expected Outcomes

Improvements in this area would lead to a better and more efficient use of these simulation programs and would facilitate the interpretation of such output data by construction industry professionals, leading to better, more informed design decisions and improved communication



























Pilgrim, M., Bouchlaghem, D., Loveday, D. and Holmes, M., (2003). Towards the Efficient Use of Simulation in Construction: A User Survey. Journal of Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, Volume 24, Issue 3. [doi: 10.1191/0143624403bt068oa].

Pilgrim, M., Bouchlaghem, N., Loveday, D. and Holmes, M., (2002). Towards good practice in building analysis data representation. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management.  Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 2 (2), pp. 117-130. ISSN 1471-4175.

Pilgrim, M., Bouchlaghem, N., Holmes, M. and Loveday, D., (2000). Visualisation of performance data sets in synthetic environments. Proceedings of Construction Information Technology 2000, CIB W78 and IABSE., Construction Information Technology 2000, CIB W78 and IABSE, Reykjavik, June 2000. Reykjavik.

Pilgrim, M., Bouchlaghem, D., Loveday, D. and Holmes, M. (2001), Mixed Reality System for Building Form and Data Representation, Fifth International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV'01), London, England, pp. 369-375.

Pilgrim, M., Bouchlaghem, N.M., Loveday, D.L. and Holmes, M., Abstract data visualisation in the built environment, IEEE Conference on Information Visualisation, IEEE Conference on Information Visualisation, London, England, July 2000, pp 126-134.
DOI: 10.1109/IV.2000.859747

Pilgrim, M., Bouchlaghem, N.M., Holmes, M. and Loveday, D.L., Mobile devices for engineering analysis, CIB W78 Conference 2002, CIB W78 conference 2002, Distributing Knowledge in Building, Arhus, Denmark, June 2002.



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