Special Issue "Future Directions in Building Information Modeling"

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A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Milan Radosavljevic

School of Engineering, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE, UK
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Interests: BIM; information management; construction innovation; embodied energy; labour productivity; delayed ettringite formation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Arto Kiviniemi

School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, Leverhulme Building, Liverpool L69 7ZN, UK
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Interests: Building Information Modelling (BIM); integrated design and project delivery; lifecycle information management; business models and collaborative processes; software technology, data exchange and standards; shared models and model servers; use of BIM in analysis and simulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained increased attention over the past few years with several governments around the world enacting its inclusion in publicly funded projects.

These seemingly monumental initiatives have sparked a frenzy of activity in industry and research. From BIM protocols and standards and new rules of measurement on one hand to a plethora of software vendors and solutions on the other, the construction sector has found itself in the center of a construction virtualization hurricane.

Although still remarkably rare, voices predicting new business models that will emerge from survival necessity are getting louder. But then there are other headaches like managing the incredible amount of data, ownership and maturity within the supply chain. It is not a surprise that cloud computing is fast becoming the new buzzword in this proudly traditional industrial sector.

So, what will the future hold for BIM? Perhaps a single modeling environment is not as distant a prospect as it appears now and BIM will become a new virtual Research and Development platform, with project-independent teams improving building models using live data from existing buildings. This Special Issue will thus solicit original high quality papers focusing on the future directions in BIM.

Prof. Dr. Milan Radosavljevic
Prof. Dr. Arto Kiviniemi
Guest Editors

Submission

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Keywords

  • information modelling
  • information management
  • BIM implementation
  • BIM standards
  • big data
  • BIM cloud
  • virtual construction
  • visualisation
  • legal framework
  • integrated construction
  • asset care (or Facilities management)

Published Papers (6 papers)

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Research

Open AccessArticle Considering the Feasibility of Semantic Model Design in the Built-Environment
Buildings 2014, 4(4), 849-879; doi:10.3390/buildings4040849
Received: 3 April 2014 / Revised: 14 October 2014 / Accepted: 26 October 2014 / Published: 4 November 2014
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of structuring, capturing, creating, and managing a digital representation of physical and/or functional characteristics of a built space [1]. Current BIM has limited ability to represent dynamic semantics, social information, often failing to consider building activity,
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of structuring, capturing, creating, and managing a digital representation of physical and/or functional characteristics of a built space [1]. Current BIM has limited ability to represent dynamic semantics, social information, often failing to consider building activity, behavior and context; thus limiting integration with intelligent, built-environment management systems. Research, such as the development of Semantic Exchange Modules, and/or the linking of IFC with semantic web structures, demonstrates the need for building models to better support complex semantic functionality. To implement model semantics effectively, however, it is critical that model designers consider semantic information constructs. This paper discusses semantic models with relation to determining the most suitable information structure. We demonstrate how semantic rigidity can lead to significant long-term problems that can contribute to model failure. A sufficiently detailed feasibility study is advised to maximize the value from the semantic model. In addition we propose a set of questions, to be used during a model’s feasibility study, and guidelines to help assess the most suitable method for managing semantics in a built environment. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
Open AccessArticle Supporting Decision-Making in the Building Life-Cycle Using Linked Building Data
Buildings 2014, 4(3), 549-579; doi:10.3390/buildings4030549
Received: 8 April 2014 / Revised: 12 August 2014 / Accepted: 4 September 2014 / Published: 18 September 2014
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The interoperability challenge is a long-standing challenge in the domain of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). Diverse approaches have already been presented for addressing this challenge. This article will look into the possibility of addressing the interoperability challenge in the building life-cycle with
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The interoperability challenge is a long-standing challenge in the domain of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). Diverse approaches have already been presented for addressing this challenge. This article will look into the possibility of addressing the interoperability challenge in the building life-cycle with a linked data approach. An outline is given of how linked data technologies tend to be deployed, thereby working towards a “more holistic” perspective on the building, or towards a large-scale web of “linked building data”. From this overview, and the associated use case scenarios, we conclude that the interoperability challenge cannot be “solved” using linked data technologies, but that it can be addressed. In other words, information exchange and management can be improved, but a pragmatic usage of technologies is still required in practice. Finally, we give an initial outline of some anticipated use cases in the building life-cycle in which the usage of linked data technologies may generate advantages over existing technologies and methods. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
Open AccessArticle Essential BIM Input Data Study for Housing Refurbishment: Homeowners’ Preferences in the UK
Buildings 2014, 4(3), 467-487; doi:10.3390/buildings4030467
Received: 13 March 2014 / Revised: 25 July 2014 / Accepted: 4 September 2014 / Published: 11 September 2014
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Construction customers are persistently seeking to achieve sustainability and maximize value as sustainability has become a major consideration in the construction industry. In particular, it is essential to refurbish a whole house to achieve the sustainability agenda of 80% CO2 reduction by
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Construction customers are persistently seeking to achieve sustainability and maximize value as sustainability has become a major consideration in the construction industry. In particular, it is essential to refurbish a whole house to achieve the sustainability agenda of 80% CO2 reduction by 2050 as the housing sector accounts for 28% of the total UK CO2 emission. However, whole house refurbishment seems to be challenging due to the highly fragmented nature of construction practice, which makes the integration of diverse information throughout the project lifecycle difficult. Consequently, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore in order to manage construction projects in a collaborative manner, although the current uptake of the housing sector is low at 25%. This research aims to investigate homeowners’ decision making factors for housing refurbishment projects and to provide a valuable dataset as an essential input to BIM for such projects. One-hundred and twelve homeowners and 39 construction professionals involved in UK housing refurbishment were surveyed. It was revealed that homeowners value initial cost more while construction professionals value thermal performance. The results supported that homeowners and professionals both considered the first priority to be roof refurbishment. This research revealed that BIM requires a proper BIM dataset and objects for housing refurbishment. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
Open AccessArticle Digital Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery and Industry Transformation: An Australian Case Study
Buildings 2014, 4(3), 453-466; doi:10.3390/buildings4030453
Received: 8 April 2014 / Revised: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 August 2014 / Published: 2 September 2014
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This research is focused on realizing productivity benefits for the delivery of transport infrastructure in the Australian construction industry through the use of building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC) and integrated project delivery (IPD). Specific objectives include: (I) building an
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This research is focused on realizing productivity benefits for the delivery of transport infrastructure in the Australian construction industry through the use of building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC) and integrated project delivery (IPD). Specific objectives include: (I) building an understanding of the institutional environment, business systems and support mechanisms (e.g., training and skilling) which impact on the uptake of BIM/VDC; (II) gathering data to undertake a cross-country analysis of these environments; and (III) providing strategic and practical outcomes to guide the uptake of such processes in Australia. Activities which will inform this research include a review of academic literature and industry documentation, semi-formal interviews in Australia and Sweden, and a cross-country comparative analysis to determine factors affecting uptake and associated productivity improvements. These activities will seek to highlight the gaps between current-practice and best-practice which are impacting on widespread adoption of BIM/VDC and IPD. Early findings will be discussed with intended outcomes of this research being used to: inform a national public procurement strategy; provide guidelines for new contractual frameworks; and contribute to closing skill gaps. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
Open AccessArticle Integration of Building Information Modeling and Critical Path Method Schedules to Simulate the Impact of Temperature and Humidity at the Project Level
Buildings 2014, 4(3), 295-319; doi:10.3390/buildings4030295
Received: 1 April 2014 / Revised: 8 May 2014 / Accepted: 16 June 2014 / Published: 1 July 2014
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Steel construction activities are often undertaken in an environment with limited climate control. Both hot and cold temperatures can physically and psychologically affect construction workers, thus decreasing their productivity. Temperature and humidity are two factors that constantly exert forces on workers and influence
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Steel construction activities are often undertaken in an environment with limited climate control. Both hot and cold temperatures can physically and psychologically affect construction workers, thus decreasing their productivity. Temperature and humidity are two factors that constantly exert forces on workers and influence their performance and efficiency. Previous studies have established a relationship between labor productivity and temperature and humidity. This research is built on the existing body of knowledge and develops a framework of integrating building information modeling (BIM) with a lower level critical path method (CPM) schedule to simulate the overall impact of temperature and humidity on a healthcare facility’s structural steel installation project in terms of total man hours required to build the project. This research effort utilized historical weather data of four cities across the U.S., with each city having workable seasons year-round and conducted a baseline assessment to test if various project starting dates and locations could significantly impact the project’s schedule performance. It was found that both varied project start dates and locations can significantly contribute to the difference in the man hours required to build the model project and that the project start date and location can have an interaction effect. This study contributes to the overall body of knowledge by providing a framework that can help practitioners better understand the overall impact of a productivity influencing factor at a project level, in order to facilitate better decision making. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)
Open AccessArticle A Thermal Simulation Tool for Building and Its Interoperability through the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Platform
Buildings 2013, 3(2), 380-398; doi:10.3390/buildings3020380
Received: 1 March 2013 / Revised: 25 April 2013 / Accepted: 14 May 2013 / Published: 22 May 2013
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This paper describes potential challenges and opportunities for using thermal simulation tools to optimize building performance. After reviewing current trends in thermal simulation, it outlines major criteria for the evaluation of building thermal simulation tools based on specifications and capabilities in interoperability. Details
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This paper describes potential challenges and opportunities for using thermal simulation tools to optimize building performance. After reviewing current trends in thermal simulation, it outlines major criteria for the evaluation of building thermal simulation tools based on specifications and capabilities in interoperability. Details are discussed including workflow of data exchange of multiple thermal analyses such as the BIM-based application. The present analysis focuses on selected thermal simulation tools that provide functionalities to exchange data with other tools in order to obtain a picture of its basic work principles and to identify selection criteria for generic thermal tools in BIM. Significances and barriers to integration design with BIM and building thermal simulation tools are also discussed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Directions in Building Information Modeling)

Planned Papers

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