Reducing building information fragmentation : a BIM-specifications approach

Utiome, Erezi, Drogemuller, Robin, & Docherty, Michael (2014) Reducing building information fragmentation : a BIM-specifications approach. In Proceedings of the CIB 2014 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, The University of Salford / International Council for Building (CIB), Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, pp. 1-12.

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The world of Construction is changing, so too are the expectations of stakeholders regarding strategies for adapting existing resources (people, equipment and finances), processes and tools to the evolving needs of the industry. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a data-rich, digital approach for representing building information required for design and construction. BIM tools play a crucial role and are instrumental to current approaches, by industry stakeholders, aimed at harnessing the power of a single information repository for improved project delivery and maintenance. Yet, building specifications - which document information on material quality, and workmanship requirements - remain distinctly separate from model information typically represented in BIM models. BIM adoption for building design, construction and maintenance is an industry-wide strategy aimed at addressing such concerns about information fragmentation. However, to effectively reduce inefficiencies due to fragmentation, BIM models require crucial building information contained in specifications. This paper profiles some specification tools which have been used in industry as a means of bridging the BIM-Specifications divide. We analyse the distinction between current attempts at integrating BIM and specifications and our approach which utilizes rich specification information embedded within objects in a product library as a method for improving the quality of information contained in BIM objects at various levels of model development.

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ID Code: 74126
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: BIM, specifications, bimspecs, information fragmentation, integrated specifications
ISBN: 978-1-907842-54-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2014 22:58
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 04:34

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