A platform - independent product library for BIM

Duddy, Keith, Beazley, Scott, Drogemuller, Robin, & Kiegeland, Joerg (2013) A platform - independent product library for BIM. In Ma, Zhiliang, Zhang, Jianping, Hu, Zhenzhong, & Guo, HongLing (Eds.) Proceedings of the 30th CIB W78 International Conference, WQBook, Beijing, China.


There is considerable interest internationally in developing product libraries to support the use of BIM. Product library initiatives are driven by national bodies, manufacturers and private companies who see their potential. A major issue with the production and distribution of product information for BIM is that separate library objects need to be produced for all of the different software systems that are going to use the library. This increases the cost of populating product libraries and also increases the difficulty in maintaining consistency between the representations for the different software over time.

This paper describes a project which uses “software transformation” technology from the field of software engineering to support the definition of a single generic representation of a product which can then be automatically converted to the format required by receiving software. The paper covers the current state of implementation of the product library, the technology underlying the transformations for the currently supported software and the business model for creating a national library in Australia. This is placed within the context of other current product library systems to highlight the differences. The responsibilities of the various actors involved in supporting the product library are also discussed.

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ID Code: 71819
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Product libraries, BIM, Software engineering
ISBN: 9787302339946
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 20 May 2014 22:56
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 05:35

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