BIM-based lifecycle planning and specifications for sustainable cities of the future: A conceptual approach

Utiome, Erezi, Drogemuller, Robin, & Docherty, Michael (2014) BIM-based lifecycle planning and specifications for sustainable cities of the future: A conceptual approach. In Ogunlana, Stephen O., Idoro, Godwin, Dada, Martin, Iweka, Anthony, Ilechukwu, Victor, & Alade, Wale (Eds.) Proceedings of the CIB W107 Conference 2014 : Construction in Developing Countries and its Contribution to Sustainable Development, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), Lagos, Nigeria, pp. 580-589.

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Annually, several million tonnes of waste are produced from reworks, demolition, and use of substandard materials. Building Information Modelling (BIM), a digital representation of facilities and their constituent data, is a viable means of addressing some concerns about the impacts of these processes. BIM functionalities can be extended and combined with rich building information from specifications and product libraries, for efficient, streamlined design and construction. This paper conceptualises a framework for BIM-knowledge transfer from advanced economies for adaptation and use in urban development works in developing nations using the Sydney Down Under and Lagos Eko Atlantic projects as reference points. We present a scenario that highlights BIM-based lifecycle planning/specifications as agents of sustainable construction (in terms of cost and time) crucial to the quality of as-built data from early on in city development. We show how, through the use of BIM, city planners in developing nations can avoid high, retrospective (and sometimes wasteful) maintenance costs and leapfrog infrastructure management standards of advanced economies. Finally, this paper illustrates how BIM can address concerns about economic sustainability during city development in developing countries by enriching model objects with specification information sourced from a product library.

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ID Code: 76076
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: BIM, Lifecycle Planning, Specifications, Sustainable Construction, Urban Modelling
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2014 23:44
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:50

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