Validating an office simulation model using RFID technology

V. Tabak, B. Vries, de, J. Dijkstra

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Abstract

This paper presents the validation of an office utilisation model for the research project called "User Simulation of Space Utilisation (USSU)". The result of this research is a system that can be used for analysing and evaluating the space utilisation of a building for any given organisation. A system for building usage simulation that produces data about activities of members of an organisation can substantially improve the relevance and performance of building simulation tools. This is relevant for engineering domains as well as for architects to evaluate the performance of a building design. For a thorough evaluation of the system an experiment was executed for assessing its predictive quality in the context of a real building, organisation and actual human behaviour; this experiment was executed using RFID technology. The result of the experiment was observed data about the space utilisation of the selected organisation. These data were compared with the space utilisation predicted by the USSU system to evaluate the simulation model. The validation of USSU showed that there were no significant differences between the predicated and observed activity behaviour. As a consequence, the output of USSU is considered to be valid.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning
EditorsH.J.P. Timmermans, B. Vries, de
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherEindhoven University of Technology
Pages15-
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event9th International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Jul 200810 Jul 2008

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period7/07/0810/07/08
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