Providing query support to leverage BIM for construction

Nepal, Madhav, Staub-French, Sheryl, & Pottinger, Rachel (2012) Providing query support to leverage BIM for construction. In Construction Research Congress 2012, 21-23 May 2012, West Lafayette, IN.

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Abstract

Building information modeling (BIM) is an emerging technology and process that provides rich and intelligent design information models of a facility, enabling enhanced communication, coordination, analysis, and quality control throughout all phases of a building project. Although there are many documented benefits of BIM for construction, identifying essential construction-specific information out of a BIM in an efficient and meaningful way is still a challenging task. This paper presents a framework that combines feature-based modeling and query processing to leverage BIM for construction. The feature-based modeling representation implemented enriches a BIM by representing construction-specific design features relevant to different construction management (CM) functions. The query processing implemented allows for increased flexibility to specify queries and rapidly generate the desired view from a given BIM according to the varied requirements of a specific practitioner or domain. Central to the framework is the formalization of construction domain knowledge in the form of a feature ontology and query specifications. The implementation of our framework enables the automatic extraction and querying of a wide-range of design conditions that are relevant to construction practitioners. The validation studies conducted demonstrate that our approach is significantly more effective than existing solutions. The research described in this paper has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making processes in different CM functions.

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ID Code: 58284
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1061/9780784412329.078
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 ASCE
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2013 23:37
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2013 05:17

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