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PhD project - Reversible building design & coordination (Marc van den Berg)


Marc van den Berg MSc. –

Supervisors: Dr. Hans Voordijk, Arjen Adriaanse (Prof.dr. Timo Hartmann)


This research project explores how innovative visualization and simulation techniques can support reversible building design and coordination. Reversible buildings accommodate for changing use patterns and have a great potential for the reuse of building products, components and materials at the end of their use life-cycle. Taking a holistic view, the project addresses how design and coordination for reversible buildings (1) advances current practice, and how related decisions can be better (2) understood, (3) modelled and (4) evaluated. An overview of the main steps and tasks:


Sub1 – Serious gaming for construction supply chain management

This project explores how serious games can enable students to get an intuitive, basic understanding about optimizing construction supply chains. A low-tech serious game was developed that uses LEGO bricks to simulate a design and construction project in which players can experiment with coordination strategies.

Marc conducts a workshop in which a prototypical serious game is played and tested


Sub2 – Perspectives on reverse logistics in construction

This project tries to map the various coordination mechanisms construction companies deploy to organize the flow of building materials from one construction site to another. A systematic comparison using several perspectives needs to provide a holistic understanding on the topic.

Visit of a site where the building is deconstructed (rather than demolished)


Sub3 – BIM-based simulation/serious game for reverse logistics

This project aims to develop a simulation/serious game for reverse logistics. The envisioned software helps to understand how BIM software may be used to achieve advantages in terms of the coordination of (reverse) logistics.




Sub4 – Visualization and simulation of transformation capacity

This project investigates how visualization and simulations can be used to provide insights into the transformation capacity of a (draft) building design. Such insights may help designers to design buildings that are able to cope with changing use patterns.  

Presentation of a prototype of a software framework to evaluate a building’s transformation capacity

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