—Determining the function for each space in a
building plays an important role for assessing the service level
of an educational facility. The function layout affects how users
move between spaces during their participation of activities in
the facility. This research describes the integration of an
activity-based simulation model and a space-function
assignment optimization model with six phases, including data
collection, data preparation, data mining, optimization,
verification, and refinement. The paper also uses a real case to
demonstrate the use of the proposed model, and has shown a
4.96% improvement on the objective value compared to the
contracted architect’s original plan.
—Function space assignment, optimization,
activity simulation, movement simulation.
R. J. Dzeng and F. Y. Hsiao are with the Dept. of Civil Engr., National
Chiao-Tung University, 1001, University Road, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan (e-mail:
C. T. Lin is with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, National Chiao-Tung University, 1001, University Road, Hsin-Chu,
Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Ren-Jye Dzeng, Chin-Teng Lin, and Fan-Yi Hsiao, "An Integrated Model for Simulating Activities and Optimizing Space Function in Educational Facility," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 582-586, 2013.