Supporting knowledge-intensive construction management tasks in BIM

Nepal, Madhav P. & Staub-French, Sheryl (2016) Supporting knowledge-intensive construction management tasks in BIM. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), 21, pp. 13-38.

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The delivery of products and services for construction-based businesses is increasingly becoming knowledge-driven and information-intensive. The proliferation of building information modelling (BIM) has increased business opportunities as well as introduced new challenges for the architectural, engineering and construction and facilities management (AEC/FM) industry. As such, the effective use, sharing and exchange of building life cycle information and knowledge management in building design, construction, maintenance and operation assumes a position of paramount importance. This paper identifies a subset of construction management (CM) relevant knowledge for different design conditions of building components through a critical, comprehensive review of synthesized literature and other information gathering and knowledge acquisition techniques. It then explores how such domain knowledge can be formalized as ontologies and, subsequently, a query vocabulary in order to equip BIM users with the capacity to query digital models of a building for the retrieval of useful and relevant domain-specific information. The formalized construction knowledge is validated through interviews with domain experts in relation to four case study projects. Additionally, retrospective analyses of several design conditions are used to demonstrate the soundness (realism), completeness, and appeal of the knowledge base and query-based reasoning approach in relation to the state-of-the-art tools, Solibri Model Checker and Navisworks. The knowledge engineering process and the methods applied in this research for information representation and retrieval could provide useful mechanisms to leverage BIM in support of a number of knowledge intensive CM/FM tasks and functions.

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ID Code: 94696
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: BIM, Ontology, Design Features, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Specification, Construction Management
ISSN: 1874-4753
Subjects: 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 2016 The author
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 unported (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2016 00:31
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 03:23

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