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Dialogue types for collaborative design: a front-end BIM application.

Leon, Marianthi; Toniolo, Alice


Marianthi Leon

Alice Toniolo


F. Bosch�

I. Brilakis

R. Sacks


Collaborative design is an iterative process of selecting and evaluating solutions in the presence of several potentially conflicting requirements dictated by different professional expertise and preferences, a concept central to Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation. In previous research, we showed that the core decision process can be better understood using argumentation-based models of practical reasoning. This allows the identification of the rationale and the relationships between conflicting issues, thus providing clarity and transparency for decisions achieved. This paper aims to take one step further in modelling this process, and suggests a novel methodological approach that translates collaborative, conceptual and perceptual activities related to design processes undertaken by design and construction professionals to correspondent argumentative dialogue types such as information seeking, deliberation and negotiation. Computational models of dialogue identify protocols for collaboration establishing reasons and evidence of claims made and joint identification of goals and solutions. Therefore, the proposed argumentative dialogue permits the formalisation of collaboration analysis, design decision steps can be monitored and the dependency relationships between professionals involved and decisions taken can be traced. Future research would develop a computational model to be employed by intelligent software agents to assist professionals in analysing complex collaborative decisions.


LEON, M. and TONIOLO, A. 2017. Dialogue types for collaborative design: a front-end BIM application. In Bosché, F., Brilakis, I. and Sacks, R. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2017 Lean and computing in construction congress (LC3 2017), 4-7 July 2017, Heraklion, Greece. Edinburgh: Heriot-Watt University [online], volume 1: proceedings of the Joint conference on computing in construction (JC3), pages 767-774. Available from:

Conference Name Joint conference on computing in construction (JC3)
Conference Location Heraklion, Greece
Start Date Jul 4, 2017
End Date Jul 7, 2017
Acceptance Date Jan 16, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 4, 2017
Publication Date Jul 7, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 26, 2018
Publisher Heriot Watt University
Pages 767-774
ISBN 9780956595164
Keywords Collaborative design; Argumentation based models; Argumentative dialogue types; Protocols for collaboration; Collaboration analysis
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