Stephen Pfund / Structural

IPD/BIM Thesis
Millennium Science Complex
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA


Involvement in the IPD/BIM Thesis program provided an ideal collaborative working enviornment. This experience was useful for understanding the impacts of design decisions and changes based on immediate feedback through interdisciplinary conversations within group design reviews. Thus this process was valuable in the professional career in the building industry in which communication between disciplines will be a daily necessity. As a structural option being involved in the design decisions of all building systems created an understandting and appreciation for the design processes involved with other disciplines. . This program encouraged the BIM (Building Information Modeling) tools, that aided in the optimization of building systems, and most effective coordination of all building systems. This also resulted in a final structural solution that reacts to all building systems creating a whole building integrated solution.

Overall the CPEP website provided an organized summary and documentation of all work product produced during the full year thesis process. Therfore the work could be easily referenced from one location, which aided in the completion of advanced analyses and the final reporting process. Through the combination of this individual and my group's (BIMception) webpage, our design process and our final design product has been properly documented and represented. It will act as a future reference for design solutions involving similar work for myself and will serve as an example for future student looking for guidance with his or her own thesis project.


General Description
- The Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP) is a web‐based project and information center. It contains material produced for a year‐long Senior Thesis class. Its purpose, in addition to providing central storage of individual assignments, is to foster communication and collaboration between student, faculty consultant, course instructors, and industry consultants. This website is dedicated to the research and analysis conducted via guidelines provided by the Department of Architectural Engineering. For an explanation of this capstone design course and its requirements click here.

Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Christopher Ankeny. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

Links: Senior Thesis Main, Penn State, AE Dept, AE Computer Labs,

Last Updated: 5/02/10 by: Stephen J. Pfund