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ACI Structural Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Acta Polytechnica : Journal of Advanced Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Acta Structilia : Journal for the Physical and Development Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 34)
Advances in Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 27)
Ambiente Construído     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 30)
Architectural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Archives of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Archives of Hydro-Engineering and Environmental Mechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ATBU Journal of Environmental Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Australian Journal of Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BER : Building and Construction : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
BER : Building Contractors' Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
BER : Building Sub-Contractors' Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Building and Construction : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Berkeley Planning Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Bioinspired Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Bridge Structures : Assessment, Design and Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Building and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Building Women     Full-text available via subscription  
Built Environment Project and Asset Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Bulletin of Pridniprovsk State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Studies in Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Case Studies in Structural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Cement and Concrete Composites     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Challenge Journal of Concrete Research Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Change Over Time     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Civil and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Civil And Environmental Engineering Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Civil and Environmental Research     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Civil Engineering and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Civil Engineering Dimension     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cohesion and Structure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Composite Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 258)
Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Computers & Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Concrete Research Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Construction Economics and Building     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Construction Management and Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Construction Science     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Constructive Approximation     Hybrid Journal  
Curved and Layered Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
DFI Journal : The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Enfoque UTE     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Engineering Project Organization Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Engineering Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Engineering Structures and Technologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Environmental Geotechnics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale : Fracture and Structural Integrity     Open Access  
Frontiers in Built Environment     Open Access  
Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Geomaterials     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Geosystem Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Geotechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Géotechnique Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
HBRC Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Hormigón y Acero     Full-text available via subscription  
HVAC&R Research     Hybrid Journal  
Indoor and Built Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Infrastructure Asset Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Infrastructures     Open Access  
Ingenio Magno     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Insight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22)
International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering     Open Access  
International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Civil, Mechanical and Energy Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Condition Monitoring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Geo-Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Protective Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Steel Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Structural Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Structural Integrity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Sustainable Construction Engineering and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal on Pavement Engineering & Asphalt Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal Sustainable Construction & Design     Open Access  
Journal of Bridge Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Building Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Building Materials and Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Building Performance Simulation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Science     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Civil Engineering Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Civil Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Composites for Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Construction Engineering, Technology & Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Constructional Steel Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Fluids and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Frontiers in Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Green Building     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Highway and Transportation Research and Development (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Infrastructure Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Materials and Engineering Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Offshore Structure and Technology     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Rehabilitation in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 39)
Journal of Structural Fire Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Sustainable Design and Applied Research in Innovative Engineering of the Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Jurnal Spektran     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Teknik Sipil dan Perencanaan     Open Access  
Konstruksia     Open Access  
KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Materiales de Construcción     Open Access  
Mathematical Modelling in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Nondestructive Testing And Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Obras y Proyectos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Open Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Bridge Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Random Structures and Algorithms     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Recent Trends In Civil Engineering & Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Research in Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Revista IBRACON de Estruturas e Materiais     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Road Materials and Pavement Design     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Russian Journal of Nondestructive Testing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Science and Engineering of Composite Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
Selected Scientific Papers - Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Slovak Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Soils and foundations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Steel Construction - Design and Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Structural Concrete     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Structural Control and Health Monitoring     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Structural Engineering International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Structural Safety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Structural Survey     Hybrid Journal  
Structure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Structure and Infrastructure Engineering: Maintenance, Management, Life-Cycle Design and Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Study of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Superlattices and Microstructures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Surface Innovations     Hybrid Journal  
Technical Report Civil and Architectural Engineering     Open Access  
Teknik     Open Access  
The IES Journal Part A: Civil & Structural Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Thin Films and Nanostructures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Thin-Walled Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Transactions of the VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava. Construction Series     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Transportation Geotechnics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Underground Space     Open Access  
Water Science & Technology     Partially Free   (Followers: 25)
Water Science and Technology : Water Supply     Partially Free   (Followers: 22)

           

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  • Implementation Framework for BIM Methodology in the Bachelor Degree of
           Architecture: A Case Study in a Spanish University
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Jose Jurado (European University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain), Oscar Liebana Carrasco (European University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain), Jose Agullo de Rueda (European University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
      Volume/Issue: 6/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/IJ3DIM.2017010101
      Date Posted: 1/1/2017 12:00:00 AMBIM concepts and workflows offer an unquestionable potential in the academic environment as contributory teaching methodology, so to improve the over-all teaching and learning process in the degree. Therefore, it must certainly develop an optimised implementation format to successfully undertake the challenge of proving capable to adapt to current academic formats and resources. In the Bachelor´s Degree of Architecture at UEM a framework of implementation of BIM methodology has been configured in a first experimental phase with valuable and transposable data. The implementation framework pivots on four main focuses: delimited teaching activities in conventional subjects, integrated project development in interdisciplinary workshops, extracurricular tools training and finally specific postgraduate programs and research projects. This exhaustive arrangement of academic formats outlines a global framework to achieve the highly diverse requirements of a gradual implementation, crystallizing in a coherent and synergic learn flow.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Client and User Involvement Through BIM-Related Technologies
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Silvia Mastrolembo Ventura (Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Milan, Italy & Construction Technologies Institute - National Research Council (ITC-CNR), Milan, Italy), Angelo L. C. Ciribini (University of Brescia, Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics, Brescia, Italy)
      Volume/Issue: 6/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/IJ3DIM.2017010102
      Date Posted: 1/1/2017 12:00:00 AMBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) is part of a wider digital innovation that has arrived as an epochal transition in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. Although the benefits of BIM within the supply-side of the industry have been widely explored, its impact on the value for clients and end-users has been researched in a limited manner so far. The paper reviews some of the BIM-related technologies which could effectively support client and end-user involvement in the briefing process. Four main types of information technologies are considered and grouped as (1) rule-based validation tools (i.e. briefing software; rule-based model checking) and (2) simulation-based validation tools (i.e. gamification, immersive virtual environments). Those technologies are analysed and compared in order to identify what has already been done, possible future trends, evaluate their integration in the briefing process and, finally, take into account both their advantages and disadvantages in supporting the effective involvement of the demand-side of construction in digitally-enabled processes.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Higher Education Based on
           Pedagogical Concepts and Standardised Methods
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Eilif Hjelseth (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway)
      Volume/Issue: 6/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/IJ3DIM.2017010103
      Date Posted: 1/1/2017 12:00:00 AMThe implementation of BIM in higher education (HE) curricula for architecture and engineering is limited and does not meet the demand for competency in the industry. BIM education is mostly initiated by enthusiasts offering software training in isolated courses. The transfer of educational experiences is limited and partial. This conceptual paper explores the use of pedagogical frameworks to enable the systematic implementation of BIM in higher education. The following pedagogical frameworks are explored: (a) Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions (IDDS), (b) Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), and (c) Trinity of BIM as building information model/ -modelling/ -management (BIM3P). BIM-related methods are connected to the pedagogical framework to illustrate applicable implementation. This enable BIM to be integrated into most architecture and engineering subjects without separate training in software. Focus is given to understanding relevant information to support design and fact-based decisions. The approach is learning BIM for learning architecture and engineering.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Merging IFC-Based BIM Models: A New Paradigm and Co-Design Support Tool
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Omar Doukari (École Spéciale des Travaux Publics, Paris, France), Benoit Naudet (École Spéciale des Travaux Publics, Paris, France), Régine Teulier (University of Paris-Saclay, Palaiseau, France)
      Volume/Issue: 6/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/IJ3DIM.2017010104
      Date Posted: 1/1/2017 12:00:00 AMInteroperability is a key factor for BIM and helps to simplify the communication and the cooperation between different actors during the project life-cycle. IFC appears as the best option to exchange data between different software platforms. The purpose of this paper is to offer a proposal for exchanging data by merging IFC-based BIM models. We consider a BIM project model like a large system of multi modules where each part represents a structure (building, road, bridge and tunnel) and should be completed by an IFC model. This article presents a numerical tool which allows the co-design step through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) developed in Java language using the IfcToolsProjects libraries. This work is situated in non-automatic merging models being problematic. The proposal is clearly a co-design assistance. This Interface allows the merging of many buildings represented by different IFC files and produces a new IFC-based buildings complex model. The result is fully exploitable without any data loss. The new merging approach avoids the disadvantages of the “linking” function.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Linking Effective Whole Life Cycle Cost Data Requirements to Parametric
           Building Information Models Using BIM Technologies
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Dermot Kehily (School of Surveying and Construction Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Trevor Woods (School of Surveying and Construction Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Fiacra McDonnell (School of Surveying and Construction Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland)
      Volume/Issue: 2/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013100101
      Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis paper demonstrates the capabilities of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in leveraging Whole Life Cycle Cost (WLCC) data requirements to perform WLCC calculations and produce WLLC estimates. The research determines the extent to which WLCC data, such as time, interest rates, escalation rates and real costs can be attached to parametric BIM data to be used effectively to create speedier and more accurate real-time WLLC analysis. Without incorporating WLCC data in the BIM, a complete picture of a construction project's WLCC cannot be formed from the default outputs of the model. BIM 5D applications such as CostX utilise the parametric properties of the model, providing users with the ability to generate information and quantities from the BIM to be used in a formatted cost plan. The benefit of the 5D process is that selected quantity surveying information in the BIM can be live linked from the model to the cost plan providing a real-time analysis of WLLC. The authors demonstrate in this paper how they leverage BIM, by incorporating WLCC data and calculations in a customised CostX workbook, thus providing the authors with the ability to live link the output values from the model to the values in the workbook to perform WLCC. This paper demonstrates the practical application of this process on a pilot project in order to complete a WLCC analysis.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Designing a Framework for Exchanging Partial Sets of BIM Information on a
           Cloud-Based Service
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Alan Redmond (Department of Engineering and Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Roger West (Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland), Alan Hore (School of Real Estate and Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland)
      Volume/Issue: 2/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013100102
      Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis paper reviews the rationale for using a partial data set in Building Information Modeling (BIM) exchanges, influenced by the recognized difficulty of exchanging data at element or object level which depends on the information requiring compatible hardware and software, in order for the data to be read and transferred freely between applications. The solution was not to introduce a new schema in contrast to the industry's existing open exchange model ‘Industry Foundation Classes' which has been in existence since the 1980's, but for the authors to re-engineer an existing Simplified Markup Language ‘BIM XML' into subsets via XML Style Sheet Transition. The language of XML was chosen because Web services, which are developed from XML data representation format and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) communication protocol, are platform neutral, widely accepted and utilized and come with a wide range of useful technologies. Furthermore, they support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) – the internet platform that enables interoperability between different software programs. The methodology involved developing a full hybrid research model based on mixed methods, ‘quantitative and qualitative', interlaced into two main phases. The first phase comprised of a main survey questionnaire, focus groups, two Delphi questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and a case study. The final phase, ‘product design and testing', used semantic methods and tools, such as Business Process Management Notation. The final case study (a prototype test) successfully itemized the potential of combining three applications asynchronously in real-time. The interoperable capabilities of Web services APIs for exchanging partial sets of BIM data enabled assumptions with a higher amount of detail to be reviewed at the feasibility design stage. Future services will be built upon existing Web Ontology languages such as SPARQL descriptions to be used in conjunction with several web services connecting together on a Cloud platform to produce a knowledge ‘Semantic Web'.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Case Study: Evaluation of Renewable Energy Strategies Using Building
           Information Modeling and Energy Simulation
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Aydin Tabrizi (Department of Architecture, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA), Paola Sanguinetti (Department of Architecture, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA)
      Volume/Issue: 2/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013100103
      Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis case study focuses on the operational performance of a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-rated building with the application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to evaluate its capacity to achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE). Retrofit options for renewable energy implementation are examined in conjunction with scenarios of building operation. In this study, two different BIM processes have been conducted for the energy modeling: object-oriented geometric information modeling (e.g., envelope, doors, windows, walls, zones, etc.) with a BIM tool and energy modeling (e.g., materials, heat resistance, location, weather data, renewables, etc.) with an energy simulation tool. The simulation model is compared to the real building performance and alternative renewable energy scenarios are evaluated. The results are used to make recommendations for the optimization of building performance and consideration of energy-efficient strategies for building performance enhancement. The research points to discontinuities between photovoltaic panel degradation over time and the LEED credit.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Establishing Key Performance Indicators to Measure the Benefit of
           Introducing the Facilities Manager at an Early Stage in the Building
           Information Modeling Process
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Barry McAuley (School of Real Estate and Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Alan Hore (School of Real Estate and Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Roger West (Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
      Volume/Issue: 2/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013100104
      Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Facilities Manager occupies a unique position within the lifecycle of a building asset, as he/she is one of the only Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) and Facilities Management (FM) professionals who is in a position to view the product of the entire design and build process and is responsible for the operational phase which incurs approximately five times the initial capital cost. Despite the potential benefits that the Facilities Manager offers, this profession still does not command the recognition it deserves within the AEC/FM sector. This is beginning to change through the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM). In order for the BIM process to be maximised it is imperative that the Facilities Manager plays a much more important role within the design and construction process. Despite this, at present the role of the Facilities Manager within this process is still uncertain with no set Key Performance Indicators (KPI) or role designation being specified to date. This paper outlines how the Facilities Manager can play a pivotal role in the BIM process and, in particular, will aim to establish the basis for a number of KPIs by Facility Managers which will in turn lead to a more robust Lean FM practice.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • A Theoretical Comparison of Traditional and Integrated Project Delivery
           Design Processes on International BIM Competitions
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Michael Serginson (Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK), George Mokhtar (Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK), Graham Kelly (Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013100105
      Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry experiences higher rates of iteration, material wastage and poor cost management in comparison to other design industries. In an attempt to address such inefficiencies and control project budgets, various Governments are insisting that Building Information Modelling (BIM) is used by the appointed design teams on high value public buildings. Such legislation has been introduced in order to encourage a standardised level of collaborative working throughout the design process by enhancing interoperability of project information between design and construction professionals. In this paper, the MacLeamy Curve, a theoretical graphical representation of how integrated project delivery (IPD) processes improve efficiencies and allow for the reduction of costs by resolving issues during the earlier stages of the project, as well as other associated benefits are tested on both traditional and IPD design processes within two 48 hour international openBIM competition projects: Build London Live; and Build Qatar Live. The projects are compared by analysing the planned project programme against the reality, measured through recorded project exchanges, using a graphical representation. The findings of this paper suggest several recommendations, including: a collaborative design process appears to reduce iteration and results in a more comprehensive conceptual design at an early stage in comparison to a traditional process; more information and documentation is produced; and the overall programme is exceeded. Such findings suggest improved time, cost and design quality control.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • BIM Education for Engineers via Self-Directed, Creative Design
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Oliver Kinnane (Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland), Roger West (Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
      Volume/Issue: 2/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013100106
      Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AMDisruptive technologies have found traction in the construction industry, affecting long established processes and rendering old methods of design communication and construction management increasingly obsolete. Pressure is on traditional Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) schools in academic institutions to respond to this paradigm shift in industry. Common among engineering schools is the necessity to maintain fundamental subjects as approved by accreditation boards. Hence it is difficult to create space for Building Information Modeling (BIM) given a curriculum already packed with established modules. This is a primary reason for the slow uptake of BIM in engineering. For engineering schools the question remains, how best to integrate BIM into the curriculum' This educational case study outlines the introduction of BIM into the curriculum of Civil and Structural Engineering students through an unobtrusive method that does not require curriculum restructuring and does not require module refocus. Two project-based modules, with inherent ‘design thinking' objectives, are adapted to enable BIM tools to be used as design, analysis and communication tools.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Perceptions and Reality: Revealing the BIM Gap Between the UK and Turkey
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Volkan Ezcan (Construction Management Division, Civil Engineering Faculty, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey), Jack S. Goulding (Department of Construction Project Management, The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK), Murat Kuruoglu (Construction Management Division, Civil Engineering Faculty, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey), Farzad Pour Rahimian (Guild Research Fellow, The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013070101
      Date Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe complex nature of the construction process needs an intensive control and management mechanism in order to manage and process information flow. Current deficiencies in managing construction related information have been highlighted by a range of industry reports, the consensus of which has reinforced the lack of performance in the construction industry. Given this, recent research on the role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been proffered as a potential solution for covering these deficiencies, along with improving competitive advantage. Although limited research has concentrated on measuring BIM awareness and use, findings have been somewhat parochial and non-specific. This paper addresses this gap by concentrating on two markets: Turkey and the UK. The aim of the paper is to determine the BIM gap in terms of awareness and use, in order to form a basis for the development of future adoption strategies. A web-based questionnaire was used mirror the National Building Specification (NBS) survey (previously undertaken) in order to capture data from a new context (Turkey). The descriptive analyses of the findings and a comparison of the two countries are presented. The findings identify significant differences in BIM awareness the influence of which could provide insight for both mature and emerging markets.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • The Application of BIM-Enabled Facility Management System in Complex
           Building
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Jun Wang (School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China & Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modeling, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia), Shirong Li (School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China), Xiangyu Wang (Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modeling, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia), Chao Mao (School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China), Jun Guo (China Construction Design International (CCDI) Company, Shanghai, China)
      Volume/Issue: 2/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013070102
      Date Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFacility Management (FM) is well known for its interdisciplinary knowledge and along with the growing number of green buildings and low-carbon buildings, the FM system become increasingly complex. Many practitioners consider Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the most important technology to bring about improvements. The purpose of this paper is to develop a BIM-enabled FM system which integrates FM, BIM and building management system to improve information sharing and monitoring, FM system control, and equipment management. A case study is implemented to validate the feasibility of the BIM-enabled FM system. Four functionalities are demonstrated in detail: Equipment Information Monitoring (EIM), Dynamic Data Display and Warning (D3W), Energy-Saving Analysis (ESA), and Intelligent Fire Escape Route (IFER). The results show that BIM-enabled FM system facilitates the FM more accurate, timely, safe and efficient.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Enhancing Construction Processes Using Building Information Modelling on
           Mobile Devices
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Soussou Nader (D. G. Jones & Partners, Dubai, UAE), Zeeshan Aziz (University of Salford, Manchester, UK), Munir Mustapha (Project-Cost Consultants, Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria)
      Volume/Issue: 2/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013070103
      Date Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis paper reviews existing construction processes of a Leading International Engineering Contracting firm in the Middle East and investigates the potential of improving existing processes using mobile Building Information Technology and processes. Qualitative data was captured through detailed interviews with key personnel, site observations and existing site processes that are mapped from site mobilisation to practical completion stage. Industry practitioners whom were involved in the project have validated the to-be process maps. The paper identifies non-adding value activities in the existing processes and highlights the potential of using mobile technologies in addressing limitations of the as-is processes. The paper also highlights the potential of enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of existing processes using readily available technologies.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Drivers and Barriers to the Use of Building Information Modelling in India
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Anil Sawhney (FRICS, Department of Construction Project Management, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India), Prateek Singhal (Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India)
      Volume/Issue: 2/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013070104
      Date Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) is a remarkable development that has recently engulfed the construction sector globally. It has provided a catalytic means for “rethinking” the design, construction, and operation of our built environment. Fundamentally a technology driven concept, BIM when entwined with issues pertaining to people, processes and organizations has the potential to significantly impact the industry. Considering global adoption of BIM, a clear divide between developed economies and emerging economies can be seen. Significantly low adoption of BIM in the developing world has been reported. Paradoxically the need for BIM in the developing world is far more than the developed world. With this backdrop, this paper reports on the adoption of BIM in India. Finding the adoption rate in India low, this research aimed at finding out the drivers and barriers to the use of BIM. The research has been divided into two phases. The first phase involved interaction with industry professionals by conducting semi structured interviews so as to gather deeper and actual understanding of the subject under study. In the second phase, on the basis of this interaction and the literature review, a questionnaire was prepared and an online survey was conducted. As per the analysis of the collected data, it surfaced that the use of BIM is still in its nascent stage in India, although its adoption has seen an upward trend in the past three to four years. BIM adoption has still not reached a stage where the users can comment on the savings in cost due to BIM implementation as the majority of the respondents have not seen full cycle of successful implementation. Stakeholders remain sceptical about BIM adoption and its perceived benefits. However a majority of the users are intuitively convinced that there is savings in time and significant improvement in final quality. Moving forward a meaningful impact can be made on the state of education, research and practice pertaining to BIM in India via a meaningful collaboration between industry, government, and academia. Findings of this study can be compared and collated across other emerging economies to develop implementation strategies.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Adopting BIM Standards for Managing Vision 2030 Infrastructure Development
           in Qatar
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Fatima Al Mohannadi (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK), Mohammed Arif (Department of Sustainability and Process Management, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK), Zeeshan Aziz (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK), Phillip A. Richardson (College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, Daytona Beach, FL, USA)
      Volume/Issue: 2/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013070105
      Date Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis research was designed to assess the significance of using Building Information Modeling (BIM) standards to enhance efficiency in the Qatari construction industry. The need for more efficient processes arose in part from the Qatari government’s increased level of investment in infrastructure and the accompanying desire to secure the country’s 2030 vision. A questionnaire was used to collect primary data from the Qatari construction industry. Three questions guided this research: (i) What are the current challenges facing the Qatari construction industry in the smooth deliverance of projects'” (ii) “What strategies does the industry use in the promotion of an integrated business model that is technological centric'” (iii) “What are the possible challenges that the industry would face if it were to adopt BIM as a standard for all projects in the Qatari construction industry'” The outcome of the research shows that using BIM as a standard could not reduce the inefficiencies faced by the industry. While the respondents to the survey had realised that the industry had challenges, the implementation of BIM seemed not to be in line with the difficulties experienced in the industry. This finding was supported by a Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.001 for many survey questions. While the industry could be using BIM in general, it still does not form part of the strategy to promote collaborative working. The research did not emphasise the process of implementing BIM standards because most contracts did not require the use of BIM; neither do regulators. The research highlights the challenges of implementing BIM as a standard in a modern construction industry that is facing inefficiency. Even though clients have the capacity to apply innovative strategies, they are stifled by complex business structures and processes. Inefficient delivery of facilities raises questions about the management structures used by the industry. With a large expatriate workforce, Qatar needs systematic tools and approaches such as BIM for managing construction processes regardless of the level of experience and exposure of its managers. Adopting BIM could significantly improve working relations on projects. The research shows that the construction industry would require a standardised BIM process if companies were to deliver on their targets. There is value in adopting tools and techniques that would enhance collaborative tendencies by professionals working in the industry. However, the overall strategy to implement a standardised BIM approach would initially exacerbate current problems before it could bring forth improvements to the construction process.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • BIM-FM Implementation: An Exploratory Invesigation
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Ricardo Codinhoto (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK), Arto Kiviniemi (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK), Sergio Kemmer (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK), Cecilia Gravina da Rocha (NORIE, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
      Volume/Issue: 2/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013040101
      Date Posted: 4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMConsiderable amount of research has been developed that investigate the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for design and construction. However, as suggested in the UK Government Strategy, the relevant gains and difficulties related to the adoption of BIM in the operational stages of the project life cycle are considerably less explored in the available literature. In this respect, a gap of knowledge exists in relation to the value that design and construction information modelling can generate after construction is finished. Moreover, the difficulties involved in shifting from traditional to BIM-Based FM processes are not known. In this article a discussion is proposed that address some of the issues involved in the adoption of BIM from an owners' perspective. In addition, enablers and barriers to BIM implementation in FM are identified. The discussion is drawn from the results of a case study carried out during the design and construction stage of a major re-development project in Manchester, UK. Data was gathered through interviews with designers, contractors and client’s representatives, real-time observation of BIM development and use and documental analysis. Results indicate a lack of awareness related to the benefits that BIM can offer to FM processes. It also suggests that guidance is necessary for the establishment of the necessary steps for the implementation of BIM for FM purposes such as the identification of key deliverables (capabilities), the establishment of the level of integration, the definition of the maturity level and the standard BIM protocols.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Embedding Work Culture in Building Information Modelling (BIM) for
           Enhancing Collaboration in Global Projects
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Maszura Abdul Ghafar (Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia), Rahinah Ibrahim (Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia), Zalina Shari (Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia), Farzad Pour Rahimian (Centre for Sustainable Development, The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013040102
      Date Posted: 4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBuilding Information Modelling is further globalising Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professional partnerships. However, little is known on the effect of cultural and human factors on BIM enabled visualisation applications. This desktop study examined the extant literature on factors relating to application of BIM enabled visualisation technologies as a process that can improve, leverage and conduct visual communication for coordination during implementation of global projects. It identifies BIM enabled visualisation having the capability in facilitating knowledge flows in complex discontinuous working environment of a property development’s life cycle, and supports designers’ understanding in its early working phases. This paper presents the development of a theoretical proposition for embedding local work culture etiquette in BIM enabled visualisation application for augmenting dynamic knowledge transfer among discontinuous members in a building project. The result is expected to benefit rapidly developing countries, e.g. Malaysia, in enabling successful partnerships with counterparts from developed countries.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Functional Suitability of BIM Tools in Pre-Construction, Construction and
           Post-Construction Phases of a Building Project
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Vijaya Desai (National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune, Maharashtra, India)
      Volume/Issue: 2/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013040103
      Date Posted: 4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMManaging building projects and communication of information between the stakeholders of the projects is getting collaborative and faster, with the availability of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software system. Numerous BIM systems are offered by various software developers. Each one of these systems provides pre-construction, construction, post construction functionalities or all of them. Some are suitable for architects, contractors, engineers, clients or all of them. Therefore there is a need to develop a systematic approach to evaluate the functional suitability of these systems and guidelines to help the project stakeholders to evaluate the BIM software for their need. This paper presents a study of commonly used BIM systems for their functional suitability for Pre-construction, Construction and Post-construction phases of the Building Project. Various functionalities of these three phases are derived. The relevant functional areas in Pre-construction, Construction and Post-construction are identified. A scoring methodology is presented to rate the BIM systems based on these functionalities. This methodology forms the basic guideline for architects/engineers, general contractor, sub-contractors and facility managers to evaluate functional suitability of BIM systems for their respective functions.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • A Unified Information Framework for Building A Common Vision in
           Sustainable City Development
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Jialiang Yao (Thinklab, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford,UK), Terrence Fernando (Thinklab, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK), Ian Everall (Thinklab, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3DIM.2013040104
      Date Posted: 4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMCreating sustainable cities requires a stronger collaboration between a range of public and private sector organisations to ensure cities are safer, healthier, intelligent and prosperous places for citizens to experience an enhanced quality of life. Within this context, urban planning and regeneration projects play a major role where stakeholders need to come together to assess the current challenges or the opportunities within a city and implement projects that transform the physical, social and environmental dimensions to create prosperous and sustainable futures. Within these projects, stakeholders need to assess “social data intelligence” collected by individual agencies and also understand how proposed complex agendas such as transport, health, education and employment could lead to a better environment that can bring social, economical and environmental prosperity. This research proposes a novel Urban Information Framework that allows the stakeholders to integrate their datasets (both spatial and non-spatial) together to create a unified 3D virtual prototype of a city that can be used to represent both the current state of a city as well as intended futures. The proposed Urban Information Framework allows the stakeholders to combine different datasets together, whether they be social or physical transformation agendas, to understand the dependencies or to build up narratives that could be communicated visually to others. The overall framework has been developed and validated by working closely with two major regeneration projects in UK.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Creativity with Building Information Modelling Tools
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : A.M. Ahmad (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Longborough, Leicestershire, England, UK), P. Demian (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Longborough, Leicestershire, England, UK), A.D.F. Price (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Longborough, Leicestershire, England, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013010101
      Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWhilst the application of BIM continues to be acknowledged and prevailing, design practitioners and academics find themselves in a paradox with an on-going discussion on the impact of BIM tools on design creativity and innovation. Literature suggests that BIM tools can hinder design creativity due to: parametric limitations; interoperability; and the demand for detailed information at preliminary design stages. However, other literature shows that BIM tools increase design creativity, and at some point provide limitless opportunities to be creative. The aim of this paper is to identify and verify the impact of BIM tools on design creativity. It is important for architectural students and practioners to be aware of the impact of BIM tools on the design. A literature review was used to identify the benefits and constraints of BIM tools on design creativity; a questionnaire survey was used to verify its impact. The questionnaire survey was conducted with the top 100 UK architectural firms (group one) and CNBR Yahoo Group (group two). It was found that BIM tools do not affect design creativity and innovation in the opinion of the respondents. This paper enlightens the status-quo of BIM tools on creativity and innovation, but will focus on the impact of BIM tools on architectural design creativity in the early design phase more closely. This research would be important to both academics and architectural designers using BIM in their various applications.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Study of Safety Auditors’ Views on the Use of BIM for Safety in Hong
           Kong
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Allen Wan (School of Science and Technology, Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Andrew Platten (School of Built Environment, University of Salford-Manchester, Manchester, England, UK), Tim Briggs (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Wingston, Leicester, England, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013010102
      Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AMTraditionally site safety is a concern for the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry. In view of government of Hong Kong initiating a number of large scale AEC projects and a relative high number of serious accidents continue to occur, site safety will remain an issue for the local AEC. Recently, Building Information Modeling (BIM) or digital simulation and data management software have been attracting much attention both in Hong Kong and in the international sector. It is a notable question to ask “Is it possible to use BIM to improve site safety in Hong Kong'” For over ten years now, the concept of Safety Management System (SMS) has been adopted in Hong Kong as the strategy for site safety management systems. It is commonly accepted in Hong Kong the drive to establish, implement and monitor SMS comes from registered safety officer (RSO) and registered safety auditor (RSA). Thus, in theory views of safety auditors on the use of BIM for safety can reflect whether or not BIM is effective tool to improve site safety. In this paper, the SMS regulation in Hong Kong will be briefly outlined and then results of a survey of members of the Society of Accredited Safety Auditor (SASA) in Hong Kong will be presented. It is concluded that 78% of the respondents to this study believe there is benefit for using BIM for SMS and commonly respondents refer to using BIM for visualization of construction sequences and planning of hazard controls. This study provides the background to a wider investigation of the linkage between BIM and Health and Safety Management.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • BIM Integrated Workflow Management and Monitoring System for Modular
           Buildings
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Amar Seeam (School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK & Enemetric Ltd., Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK), Tianxin Zheng (School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK & Enemetric Ltd., Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK), Yong Lu (School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), Asif Usmani (School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), David Laurenson (School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013010103
      Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe authors are collaborating with a manufacturer of custom built steel frame modular units which are then transported for rapid erection onsite (volumetric building system). As part of its strategy to develop modular housing, Enemetric, is taking the opportunity to develop intelligent buildings, integrating a wide range of sensors and control systems for optimising energy efficiency and directly monitoring structural health. Enemetric have recently been embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) to improve workflow, in particular cost estimation and to simplify computer aided manufacture (CAM). By leveraging the existing data generated during the design phases, and projecting it to all other aspects of construction management, less errors are made and productivity is significantly increased. Enemetric may work on several buildings at once, and scheduling and priorities become especially important for effective workflow, and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The parametric nature of BIM is also very useful for improving building management, whereby real-time data collection can be logically associated with individual components of the BIM stored in a local Building Management System performing structural health monitoring and environmental monitoring and control. BIM reuse can be further employed in building simulation tools, to apply simulation assisted control strategies, in order to reduce energy consumption, and increase occupant comfort.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Constraints in Authoring BIM Components for Optimal Data Reuse and
           Interoperability: Results of Some Initial Tests
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Stephen Lockley (Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, upon Tyne, England, UK), David Greenwood (Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, upon Tyne, England, UK), Jane Matthews (Building Information Modelling Academy, Northumbria University, Newcastle, upon Tyne, England, UK), Claudio Benghi (School of Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, upon Tyne, England, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013010104
      Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis research investigates the issues of authoring reusable BIM components that can be delivered across multiple platforms. A key constraint in the uptake of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology is interoperability, the ability to accurately and automatically share and exchange data. This has been addressed by the creation of a system of standards; Industry Foundation Classes (Ifcs). Recognising the importance of Ifc standards, the promoters of many proprietary BIM software platforms generally claim that their products support them fully. This has been challenged, and the reported work has aimed to test these assertions. A simple test model was constructed to represent the various geometries that are encountered, which were then expressed in Ifc files. Fourteen commonly-used BIM software tools were subjected to tests in which the range of geometries within the test model was imported into each tool in Ifc format. A simple visual analysis of the outcomes showed a dramatic failure to process the geometries as they were intended. The results of the study indicate that the current commercial BIM authoring tools, whilst being technically capable of providing support for the required component geometric representations, are constrained from doing so by their conversion interfaces from Ifc geometries. The practical implications of this are considerable, and could result in the possibility of serious errors within designs for construction projects. This is particularly relevant in the case of the BIM library components that are currently being authored for importing into project design models. The test model has been circulated to experts in the area, and their observations, as well as results of any further tests will be made publicly available.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • An Investigation into whether Building Information Modelling (BIM) can
           Assist with Construction Delay Claims
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : David-John Gibbs (DAQS Ltd, Stokes Suite, Unit 7A, East Bridgford Business Park, Kneeton Road, East Bridgford, Nottingham, England, UK), Stephen Emmitt (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, UK), Kirti Ruikar (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, UK), Wayne Lord (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013010105
      Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is probable that a construction project anywhere in the world will encounter some form of delay as a consequence of change. The impact of the delay on a project will vary, but it is likely to have a negative financial outcome. Compensation can be requested by an affected party in the form of a claim; however, issues of liability and quantum can be difficult given the ever increasing complexity of construction work involving numerous differing successive parallel tasks with varying levels of interrelated resources. Experts are often employed to analyse delays based on project records and report their findings to a tribunal. This paper identifies the difficulties associated with the retrieval and representation of information for delay claims and recognises technological opportunities to deal with these challenges. The potential to exploit aspects of BIM to support these possibilities are discussed, concluding that it can assist through the ease of access to coordinated contemporaneous project information and the use of visualisation through multiple dimensions. In order to support this initiative a detailed review of the literature is undertaken which forms part of an Engineering Doctorate.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Building Information Modelling Design Ecologies: A New Model'
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Derek Jones (Department of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England, UK), Emma Dewberry (Department of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 2/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2013010106
      Date Posted: 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis paper considers the barriers to BIM adoption and demonstrates they are symptoms of existing problems in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) industry. When current external pressures are considered, a varied and complex set of problems emerge that require a significant paradigm change if they are to be resolved sustainably. It is argued that Building Information Modelling (BIM) does not represent a paradigm change on its own and the concept of the design ecology is presented as a framework within which BIM can act as a catalyst for change. Specific affordances of this model are presented in terms of responding to the challenges presented in the Low Carbon Construction report (Innovation and Growth Team, 2010) and to the general characteristics of the original problems identified. Examples are presented to demonstrate that this is already emerging in practice and some suggested areas of further investigation are suggested.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Building Information Modeling: Road to 2016
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Bimal Kumar (School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012100101
      Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AMAs is common knowledge now, in 2016 it will be mandatory to use BIM on all public sector projects. This has clearly spurned a lot of interest in BIM within the construction industry. However, the industry appears to be struggling to find its feet as to what it needs to have in place before BIM based projects become a reality. Uses of BIM technology and associated processes have been categorized into 3 levels and the 2016 requirement is for Level 2 implementations only. This paper outlines the requirements of level 2 BIM implementation and assesses the status of the industry as a whole as to its readiness. There are various pre-requisites that need to be in place, mostly in relation to process protocols and standards. This paper gives an understanding of the roadmap that needs to be traversed in order to be ready for BIM. This paper presents an outline of the UK Government’s requirements for 2016 before discussing and assessing the UK construction industry’s readiness. Finally, the paper gives an outline of what needs to be in place for the government’s ambitions to be achieved as well as a summary of some of the challenges along the way and possible ways of addressing some of them.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Requirements for Model Server Enabled Collaborating on Building
           Information Models
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Muhammad T. Shafiq (School of the Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK), Jane Matthews (School of the Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK), Stephen R. Lockley (School of the Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012100102
      Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AMThe application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has demonstrated enormous potential to deliver consistency in the construction collaboration process. BIM can define an explicit configuration for digitized information exchange; however the technology to collaborate on models has not yet delivered the industry requirements for BIM collaboration. This research project is intended to provide a fresh review of industry requirements for BIM collaboration and will analyse how these requirements can be supported using a model server as a collaboration platform. This paper presents a review of existing collaboration platforms, with a particular focus to evaluate the research and development efforts on model servers as a collaboration platform. This paper also reports on the findings of three focus group sessions with industry practitioners to identify any problems in the available collaboration systems. The focus group findings identify a number of issues in current collaboration environments which help to understand the main domains of user requirements for BIM collaboration. These requirement domains will be further analysed to identify functional and technical specifications for a model server enabled collaboration platform.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Towards Understanding BPR Needs for BIM Implementation
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Malik Ayyaz (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK), Kirti Ruikar (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK), Stephen Emmitt (School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012100103
      Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AMThis paper reviews BIM concepts, with a particular focus on its applicability and uptake within the business processes in the construction industry. An exploratory study is being carried out to examine the current state of BIM practices using the instrument of survey questionnaire and literature review. The partial findings from an on-going survey show that, the inevitable need for organisations to reengineer existing processes in order to fully capitalise on BIM potentials is acknowledged by the industry participants. BIM implementation in the business processes reveal that organisations are attuned to the significance of Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) for BIM development in their practices. However, more efforts are still needed to educate people regarding culture change so that BPR is recognised as a platform for successful BIM implementation in the construction sector. The paper concludes with proposing a need of business information management through BIM adoption that will enable organisations to take advantage of BIM investments.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Accelerating the Implementation of BIM by Integrating the Developments
           Made in Knowledge Management: An Irish Construction Industry Perspective
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Rita Scully (School of the Built Environment, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland), Jason Underwood (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK), Farzad Khosrowshahi (Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology, School of the Built Environment & Engineering, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012100104
      Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AMIn Ireland the construction sector is at the initial stages of assessing and adapting Building Information Management (BIM) on pilot projects. At an initial summary review BIM could be seen as a fad that will burn out as quickly as it appeared. Many of the concepts associated with BIM are grounded in Co-ordinated Project Information (CPI), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and object modelling which have been developed over the last 20-30 years. This research presents the critical success factors (CSF) associated with knowledge management (KM) and investigates the correlation of these with the development and integration of BIM within the construction industry in Ireland. These CSF will be addressed in the context of assessing maturity levels prior to integrating KM or BIM. Determining the CSF will accelerate the implementation of BIM. Developing a BIM CSF Analysis Model will assist in assessing a company’s readiness to embark on BIM projects.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Leveraging Whole Life Cycle Costs When Utilising Building Information
           Modelling Technologies
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Dermot Kehily (School of Real Estate and Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Barry McAuley (School of Real Estate and Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland), Alan Hore (School of Real Estate and Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland)
      Volume/Issue: 1/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012100105
      Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AMBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) is now being increasingly used as a technology tool to assist design professions in conceiving, designing, constructing, and operating the built environment in many countries. The BIM model provides design professions with the framework to perform exercises in design, programming, cost and value management, and concept energy analysis, in order to achieve the most economical and sustainable building solution. The BIM model though sophisticated is not extensively used to provide estimation software with the data requirements for Life Cycle Costing (LCC), such as, escalation of future expenditure and/or present value costs, discount rates, and study periods. Without incorporating LCC functionality within the BIM model or in an external application with a BIM interface a complete picture of the Whole Life Cycle Costs (WLCC) cannot be generated from the outputs of the model. The authors demonstrate the potential ability to customise traditional estimating packages with BIM take-off and database management interfaces, in order to find the best solution to provide complete Whole Life Cycle Costs Analysis (WLCCA). A template was produced in consultation with one of the internationally established methodologies in Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and provides the user with the financial tools to select the most economical advantageous solution, possibly without investing in new estimating software.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • BIM: A Transformative Technology within the Architectural Curriculum in
           Schools of Architecture (Pedagogic Stages of Architectural Education and
           the Transformative Effect of BIM)
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : David E. Morton (School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/4
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012100106
      Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AMBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) has made a considerable impact on the construction industry and the way in which building design information can be accessed and interrogated. This impact is now being seen in the Schools of Architecture in the UK. Academia is beginning to see the feasibility and benefits of converting to such a new technology; will this inevitably start to filter into teaching BIM to architecture students' The concern by many in academia is that design will become secondary to pedagogy of building design. This viewpoint is based on the impact of CAD, where the art of hand drawing was feared lost forever. The use of computers in schools of architecture has become the norm, and the creative moving of a pen across paper has been replaced, to a degree, by the cursor across the CAD screen. As academia moved to respond to this change, the need to teach CAD became increasingly important. Therefore, will the paradigm shift of BIM require the inevitable move to a new approach in the design and construction of buildings' There are many misconceptions of BIM and the dilemma is that those teaching within the schools need to understand how BIM can readily interface with the design process and allow interrogation of the design are far earlier stages of the concept. Will academia ensure that BIM is used to enhance the creative process not hinder it'This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • 3D Visualization of Urban Data Based on CityGML with WebGL
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Gilles Gesquière (Aix Marseille University, France), Alexis Manin (Aix Marseille University, France)
      Volume/Issue: 1/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012070101
      Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AMDue to the advances in computer graphics and improved network speed it is now possible to navigate in 3D virtual world in real time. Until now, technologies employed require to install standalone application or plugins on navigators. The arrival of HTML 5 brings news solutions to visualize 3D data in a browser with WebGL. Several globe projects have proven that such technologies can be employed. Unfortunately, demonstrations are often based on proprietary formats to exchange or to store data. In this work, we propose to use CityGML: a standard provided by the Open Geospatial Consortium. CityGML files are imported in our Environment Editor. With several tools that we present in this paper, data are processed and stored. A client server application is also presented to permit the visualization of geometry and semantic in a navigator.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Web-Based Large-Scale 3D-Geovisualisation Using WebGL: The OpenWebGlobe
           Project
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Martin Christen (FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland), Stephan Nebiker (FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland), Benjamin Loesch (FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland)
      Volume/Issue: 1/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012070102
      Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AMIn this paper, the authors present the OpenWebGlobe project (http://www.openwebglobe.org). The authors also discuss the OpenWebGlobe SDK. OpenWebGlobe SDK is an open source framework for creating massive 3D virtual globe environments and interactively exploiting them in web browsers using HTML5 and WebGL, allowing for the creation of large scale virtual 3D globes with detailed contents and their interactive visualization directly within a broad spectrum of Web browsers.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Towards Interactive 3D City Models on the Web
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Rainer Jochem (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany), Marcus Goetz (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
      Volume/Issue: 1/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012070103
      Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AMA ubiquitous accessibility of data over the Web nowadays is very common. Although the Web, 3D graphics, and geographic data are crossing their ways, common applications are typically based on technologies that are rather esoteric to most web-developers. Nevertheless, in the last couple of months, some efforts towards a seamless integration of 3D graphics into common Web browsers have been performed. Regarding the data of such applications, they are mostly proprietary and commercial data, which are collected by professional cartographers or surveyors. Nevertheless, following the Web 2.0 approach, within the last five years the trend of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) became popular, describing an ever expanding range of users who voluntarily and collaboratively collect geographic data. Trying to merge the mentioned trends and desires, within this paper the authors present a way to transform the crowdsourced OpenStreetMap data into a 3D city model. Contrary to other existing approaches towards OpenStreetMap 3D, they combine emerging and established Web technologies, allowing an easy consumption in arbitrary web browsers. The applied technologies are easy to learn and understand by the web community and allow for quick prototyping, and creating mash-ups with further spatially enabledWeb2.0 data.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • A Multi-Level Cache Approach for Realtime Visualization of Massive 3D GIS
           Data
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Xiaoming Li (Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Weiping Xu (Wuhan University, China), Qing Zhu (Wuhan University, China), Jinxing Hu (Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Han Hu (Wuhan University, China), Yeting Zhang (Wuhan University, China)
      Volume/Issue: 1/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012070104
      Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AMThe real-time visualization of 3D GIS at a whole city scale always faces the challenge of dynamic data loading with high-efficiency. Based on the multi-tier distributed 3D GIS framework, this paper presents a multi-level cache approach for dynamic data loading. It aims to establish in 3D GIS spatial database engine (3DGIS-SDE) the unified management mechanism of caches on three levels, including: the client memory cache (CMC) oriented to sharing application, the client file cache (CFC) organized by index, as well as the application server memory cache (ASMC) of structural consistency. With the help of the proposed optimized cache replacement policy, multi-level cache consistency maintenance as well as multithread loading model designed in the paper, the engine is able to adaptively make full use of each-level caches according to their own application properties and achieve effective coordination between them. Finally, a practical 3D GIS database based on Oracle 11g is employed for test. The experimental results prove this approach could satisfy multi-user concurrent applications of 3D visual exploration.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Real-Time Web GIS Analysis Using WebGL
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Michael Auer (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
      Volume/Issue: 1/3
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012070105
      Date Posted: 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AMParallel processing methods in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are traditionally used to accelerate the calculation of large data volumes with sophisticated spatial algorithms. Such kinds of acceleration can also be applied to provide real-time GIS applications to improve the responsiveness of user interactions with the data. This paper presents a method to enable this approach for Web GIS applications. It uses the JavaScript 3D graphics API (WebGL) to perform client-side parallel real-time computations of 2D or 2.5D spatial raster algorithms on the graphics card. The potential of this approach is evaluated using an example implementation of a hillshade algorithm. Performance comparisons of parallel and sequential computations reveal acceleration factors between 25 and 100, mainly depending on mobile or desktop environments.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Towards Defining a Framework for the Automatic Derivation of 3D CityGML
           Models from Volunteered Geographic Information
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Marcus Goetz (University of Heidelberg, Germany), Alexander Zipf (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
      Volume/Issue: 1/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012040101
      Date Posted: 4/1/2012 12:00:00 AMHigh-quality geographic data sources are eminent for urban data management and the creation of detailed 3D city models. In the past two decades, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) increasingly gained attractiveness to both amateur users and professionals, resulting in a broad availability of urban data within VGI communities and especially OpenStreetMap (OSM). OSM provides detailed information about urban regions and more buildings are also mapped. Existing 3D-VGI applications, e.g., KOSMOS Worldflier (Brejc, 2011) or the OSM-3D project (OSM-3D, 2011) only focus on visualization purposes, but a standardized usage for exchanging and sharing urban city models is not combined with VGI. Therefore, this paper presents a framework for an automatic VGI-based creation of 3D building models encoded as standardized CityGML models. The usage of VGI as a proper data source for the creation of standardized city models will be proven.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Applications of Building Information Modeling in Cost Estimation of
           Infrastructure Bridges
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Mohamed Marzouk (Cairo University, Egypt), Mohamed Hisham (Cairo University, Egypt)
      Volume/Issue: 1/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012040102
      Date Posted: 4/1/2012 12:00:00 AMBridge Information Modeling (BrIM) is considered an innovation in bridge engineering and construction industry. This paper presents a methodology for using BrIM as an assisting tool in performing detailed cost estimates. The methodology depends on integrating visualization feature of BrIM with specific attributes of the BrIM model intelligent components. A program developed using C# language is used to extract the visualization conclusions and other components’ attributes to MS Excel spreadsheet. This sheet assists in performing detailed cost estimate, and reviewing the estimate. The paper also presents a methodology for generating cash flow and required payments. This methodology depends on integrating the developed program with 4D feature of BrIM.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Optimization of the BIM Authoring Tool in Architectural Practice: A Case
           Study Approach
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Paul Coates (University of Salford, UK), Yusuf Arayici (University of Salford, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012040103
      Date Posted: 4/1/2012 12:00:00 AMConstruction companies are facing barriers and challenges in Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption as there is no clear guidance or best practice studies from which they can learn and build up their capacity for BIM use to increase productivity, efficiency, and quality. One of the key challenges in the BIM adoption is the ability of optimisation of a selected BIM authoring tool according to a company’s needs and requirements. This paper explains the approach for the optimisation of BIM technology selected in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, undertaken between the University of Salford and John McCall Architects. The BIM implementation approach in the KTP used a socio-technical view that considered both the implementation of technology and its socio-cultural environment. The adoption and optimisation used the action research oriented qualitative and quantitative research for discovery, comparison, and experimentation it provided for “learning by doing.”This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Scene Graph Based Approach for Interoperable Virtual Globes
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Arne Schilling (Heidelberg University, Germany)
      Volume/Issue: 1/2
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012040104
      Date Posted: 4/1/2012 12:00:00 AMIn this paper, a concept for developing and setting up virtual globes is discussed, which is based on principles of interoperable 3D spatial data infrastructures. Open geospatial industry standards for data and web services are merged with computer graphics technology to create a global coherent framework for accessing and displaying 3D assets. The author discusses how the scene graph concept can be used in a Geoweb environment. The Web 3D Service (W3DS) interface is used for streaming data in a distributed web architecture. Using scene graph data structures for encoding, transmitting, and displaying city- and landscape models imposes new requirements to geospatial analysis. The support of transformations between coordinate reference systems is essential in this context. Scene graph transformations are described in detail including matrix calculations. X3D is discussed as potential exchange format. Experiments were conducted using freely available data of OpenStreetMap and SRTM.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • BIM-Based Life-Cycle Management for Reinforced Concrete Buildings
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : André Borrmann (Technische Universität München, Germany), Katharina Lukas (Technische Universität München, Germany), Marc Zintel (Technische Universität München, Germany), Peter Schießl (Ingenieurbüro Schießl Gehlen Sodeikat, Germany), Michael Kluth (Consultant, Germany)
      Volume/Issue: 1/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012010101
      Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:00:00 AMThis paper introduces the concept of a BIM-based life-cycle management system for reinforced concrete buildings. The system allows one to compute a prognosis of the building’s condition taking into account the material properties of individual components, the environmental load as well as measurement data from current inspections. This prognosis then forms foundations for scheduled maintenance and repair actions in an economically efficient way. A particularly important feature of the presented system is that all input data as well as the computational results are associated with a (full) 3D Building Information Model (BIM) of the construction. In this way, an easy localization of the information is achieved facilitating both the data collection and the estimation of the building condition for engineers involved in inspection planning, inspection or the scheduling of repair actions. To further facilitate data input and interpretation, a hierarchic level-of-detail approach is employed for structuring the building model, ranging from building level down to individual hot spots. Additionally, the integration of a meta-model allows the flexible adaption of the semantic data model to specific buildings types or the particular needs of the users.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Indoor Spatial Information
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Stephan Winter (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
      Volume/Issue: 1/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012010102
      Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:00:00 AMGeographic Information Science focuses traditionally on spatial information of geographic scale and associates this per default with outdoor environments. Systems, databases and models are designed for this primary purpose. In this paper, the author discusses the geographic information requirements in indoor environments and, in particular, their differences to ‘outdoor’ geographic information. The main difference, as argued, is that the third dimension is an essential factor for indoor spatial information, while this is not necessarily so for outdoor information. As a consequence, information technology designed for outdoors is not necessarily fit to model, analyze or communicate about indoor space.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Improving Interoperability of 3D Geographic Features via Geographic
           Managed Objects
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Jaume Domínguez Faus (Aalborg University, Denmark), Wan Wen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
      Volume/Issue: 1/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012010103
      Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:00:00 AMThis paper presents a method to improve the interoperability of 3D geospatial features from the perspective of data representation, with an emphasis on the interoperability of advanced functions associated with 3D models, such as thematic functions, interaction capabilities, and dynamics. The central concept of the proposed method is to express geospatial features in the form of managed objects, which carry both functions and data of 3D geospatial features in an object oriented and platform-independent manner with the support from virtual machine mechanism. Unlike any conventional data representation method that maintains the data and functionality separately; this method allows the features to carry their own executable functions by themselves in order to achieve the interoperability on a feature’s level. A use case is also provided in this paper to demonstrate the presented method. In this use case, different applications can simply fetch the 3D features and run their functions without the need to know what they can do beforehand.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Facilities Management (FM): The
           Mediacity Case Study Approach
    • Authors: IGI Global
      Abstract:
      Authors : Yusuf Arayici (University of Salford, UK), Timothy Onyenobi (University of Salford, UK), Charles Egbu (University of Salford, UK)
      Volume/Issue: 1/1
      ISSN: 2156-1710
      EISSN: 2156-1702

      DOI : 10.4018/ij3dim.2012010104
      Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:00:00 AMFacilities Management (FM) as the total management of all services supports the core businesses of an organisation in a building. However, today’s buildings are increasingly sophisticated and the need for information to operate and maintain them is vital. Facility Managers have to acquire, integrate, edit, and update diverse facility information ranging from building elements, fabric data, operational costs, contract types, room allocation, logistics, maintenance, etc. However, FM professionals face challenges resulting in cost and time related productivity, efficiency and effectiveness losses. Building Information Modelling (BIM), that seeks to integrate the building lifecycle, can provide improvements and help to overcome those challenges. Thus, the paper explores how BIM can contribute to and improve the FM profession. It uses the MediaCityUK project as a case study, which is a regeneration project aiming to attract media institutions locally and worldwide and establish itself as an international centre for excellence. For this purpose, the key FM tasks are identified and a BIM model for the new university building in MediaCityUK is developed and experimented with the FM tasks by a group of FM experts. As a result, the paper explains how BIM can support FM tasks in an itemised manner.This article is available on IGI Global’s premier research database, InfoSci-Journals. To obtain a copy of this article, click here. For more information about the International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM) click here.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT
       
 
 
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