As a note of appreciation, the following is from my thesis, This thesis would not have been possible without the inspiration and support of a number of wonderful individuals — my thanks and appreciation to all of them for being part of this journey and making this thesis possible.I owe my deepest gratitude to my supervisors Professor Ed Dawson and Dr Jason Reid.His expertise in building information modelling and his commitment towards the project was a significant influence in shaping many of the concepts presented in this thesis.
Without their enthusiasm, encouragement, support and continuous optimism this thesis would hardly have been completed.
I express my warmest gratitude to my associate supervisor Professor Robin Drogemuller.
Marie Bachtis and Ida Bulat at Toronto, and Donna d'Fini, Andrea Mc Donnell, Nancy Miller, and Sarah Warren at Harvard, deserve special mention.
I wish to thank my entire extended family for providing a loving environment for me.
I am also indebted to the following people for various reasons related to the project, all of whom deserve special mention: the book’s subscribers; all at the mighty Unbound, particularly John Mitchinson and Cathy Hurren; Frederick Courtright; Caz Hildebrand; Andrew Carroll; James Cameron; Sam Ward; Nick Hornby; Patrick Robbins; Robert Gibbons; Amir Anvi; Frank Ciulla and family; Margaret and Hugh Connell; Bob Mortimer; Jim Temple; Moose Allain; Nigel Brachi; Bob Meade; Denis Cox; Lauren Laverne and all at the BBC; Jason Kottke; Leslie Barany; Graham Linehan; Roger Launius; Henry Mc Groggan; John Johnson; Tiny Letter; Anna Neville; and, last but by no means least, my friends and family.
Today I submitted my Ph D thesis for external examination.My brothers, my half-siblings, my sister-in-common-law, my step-mother, some uncles, and some first-cousins-once-removed were particularly supportive.Lastly, and most importantly, I wish to thank my parents, Helen S. They bore me, raised me, supported me, taught me, and loved me. With his enthusiasm, his inspiration, and his great efforts to explain things clearly and simply, he helped to make mathematics fun for me.I am indebted to my many student colleagues for providing a stimulating and fun environment in which to learn and grow.I would like to thank Dr Clinton Fookes and Dr Vikas Reddy for organising required resources and liaising with industry partners.I would also like to thank Ruth White and Anne Krupa for taking care of all the administrative matters.It’s been a long and at times daunting journey for the past three years and nine months.This would not have been possible without the support of many great individuals.The kind efforts of a large number of people have enabled me to compile and write this book, beginning with the most important and unending source of support: my wife, Karina.I would like to thank them all for helping, but especially Karina for not despairing of me to the point where I noticed.