The user pre-occupancy evaluation method in designer-client communication in early design stage: A case study

Weilin Shen, Xiaoling Zhang, Qiping Shen, Terrence Fernando

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The interaction between designers and clients is continuous during the briefing and architectural design stage. The efficiency of the interaction process may be decreased due to the limited experience of clients, such as the limited capacity in understanding drawings or reviewing design solutions. A User Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Method (UPOEM) was developed to enhance the designer-client communication by applying building information modeling, user activity simulation, and requirement management techniques. A case study is used to apply the UPOEM to verify the practical implementation in a real project and from which a comparative experimental study and questionnaire survey were conducted. The findings indicate that the UPOEM can help generate more suggestions for improving design solution during designer-client communication compared with traditional approach. It can also enhance the clients' understanding of the future built environment aswell astheir willingness in collaborative working with designers at the early design stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Building information model
  • Designer-client communication
  • User activity simulation
  • User Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Method
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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