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Title: QUANTUM. A cost/performance heuristic model
Authors: Mathur, Krishan 
Issue Date: 1992
Source: Mathur, Krishan (1992). QUANTUM. A cost/performance heuristic model. Transactions of the American Association of Cost Engineers 1 : E.2.1-E.2.5. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The amount of time an architect has to spend on the 'quantum' computations, as discussed in this paper, during the many iterations in which the design evolves at the early sketch planning stage has been estimated to be about 10% of the total design time. The Quantum system can not only save a large proportion of this time, but also, more importantly, provide the architect with a tool to conduct cost-performance trade-offs. Even after the sketch planning stage, design changes take place that may affect the balance of space allocations and increase development charges (penalties). Thus it is essential to check these quantum calculations until the design has been completed up to its last detail. This is only practical if the quantum measurements can be continually taken and fed into the QUANTUM program. This can be done if the design is being done on a CAD system and if the two (CAD and QUANTUM) can be interfaced. This is being done in an ongoing research project, which will also enable cost/performance (value) analysis as discussed in this paper. Few architects have the right tools to carry out value analysis at the early stages in design. The current CAD systems are no more than drafting tools. The system described in this paper is but one example of the way CAD systems need to be enhanced to become true design-assistants. The ultimate aim is to provide better value for money to the client.
Source Title: Transactions of the American Association of Cost Engineers
ISBN: 0930284496
ISSN: 00657158
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