Function-space assignment and movement simulation model for building renovation

Ren-Jye Dzeng*, Wei-Chih Wang, Fan Yi Hsiao

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Building renovation is an effective way to revive the use of a building, the use efficiency of which is primarily determined by its layout. However, in architectural practice, architects and building owners renovate buildings based on their personal subjective perceptions of how occupants use the building instead of systematically analyzing their use behaviors. This study proposes a model, called the Function-space Assignment and MOvement Simulation (FAMOS) model, which integrates radio frequency identification (RFID), fast messy genetic algorithms (fmGA), and movement simulation techniques to solve the function-space assignment problem. The RFID equipment is specifically used to track the occupants movement data in a building, the fmGA is employed to identify the optimal result of function assignment, and the movement simulation technique is adopted to verify the result and support the decision-making of function-space assignment. This study presents a real case study to demonstrate the use of FAMOS and compare its assignments with those generated by a renovation architect. The objective function showed that FAMOS's version had a 14.80% higher objective value than the architect's version. The experiment also showed that FAMOS helped the architect find the best assignment or improve their assignment based on desired objectives such as preferred space size, minimized movement distance, or removal of corridor congestion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-590
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Civil Engineering and Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2015


  • Function-space assignment
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Movement simulation
  • Optimization
  • RFID
  • fmGA


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