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Advances in Building Information Modeling

First Eurasian BIM Forum, EBF 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, May 31, 2019, Revised Selected Papers
Editors: Salih Ofluoglu, Ozan Onder Ozener and Umit Isikdag
Conference proceedings EBF: Eurasian BIM Forum
Springer, Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1188)


Book Preface

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is becoming a more mature information management
methodology and strategy that leads to a change of paradigm in the Architecture
Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

The concept of BIM first emerged as a solution to overcome the interoperability barrier between different software applications. The implementation of the BIM concept in the industry accelerated when the AEC industry developed a standard information model schema, namely IFC, which depends on an earlier ISO 10303/STEP standard that was developed for facilitating information sharing and exchanges in production industries.

In the last 20 years, the AEC industry in many countries has aligned their business practices to adopt BIM in order to (i) enable efficiency in design through better collaboration and cooperation and (ii) utilize the model for simulating all construction process prior to the start of the actual construction which would, in turn, prevent errors during the construction phase for enabling a more agile, effective, and efficient construction process.

Although the main focus of BIM implementations is these two concepts, a new model-based information management strategy has also been utilized to help in the better management of facilities through providing detailed information with as-built BIMs and to help in the design/construction of more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

The core of the BIM concept is formed by an intelligent nD digital model of a building which is now evolving through another concept known as the Digital Twin. The concept of BIM is now supported with many standards and information exchange methodologies and formalizations (protocols), and BIM is becoming more integrated into business processes within the industry.

Furthermore, the owners of many large-scale projects (such as airports) are requiring formal definitions (i.e. BIM Execution Plans) explaining how BIM-based information and project management processes will be conducted. In addition, today, there are new formal job definitions in the industry which include BIM as a keyword, such as BIM Manager and BIM Coordinator.

The current advances include novel approaches for BIM varying from innovative modeling techniques, performance analysis, immersive visualization techniques, to new international standards. These developments create “a new BIM culture” which cultivates around a knowledge-based AEC economy. Since there are well-established conventions and business perceptions within the industry, the cultural transformation is challenging and necessitates mutual effort from the AEC community and academic initiatives.

From this viewpoint, this book covers a wide range of BIM-related subjects from academic and professional perspectives. The chapters bring together members of the academic community and industry professionals from different disciplines of the AEC industry and contribute to the discussions on BIM and its impact on research and practice. The topics include BIM adoption trends, BIM-centric business models and in-depth case studies, and BIM-based simulations.

The book focuses on providing a holistic view of BIM by concentrating on different aspects of the topic. It consists of four main parts. The chapters in the first part discuss issues and problems related to the adoption of BIM in public and private construction projects. This part is implementation-oriented and is mainly focused on exploring the drivers and barriers to BIM implementation and adoption based on real-life case studies and surveys. The second part of the book elaborates on the role of BIM in project management. It covers subjects such as how the management of projects can be facilitated using 4D/5D information from BIM as well as focuses on the role of BIM in health and safety management. The third part is about BIM and sustainable design, where issues related to the role of BIM in designing and building up more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings are discussed. The fourth part of the book covers issues related to the role of BIM in urban contexts, in managing the buildings and facilities, and in infrastructure developments, and discusses how information about buildings extracted using remote sensing techniques can be utilized.

We hope that readers will find this book useful for exchanging academic and industrial knowledge as well as experience on the novel developments in BIM tools and technologies as well as BIM-based information and project management approaches. Finally, we would like to thank our family members for their support during the editing process and for the positive energy, they have brought into our lives.

January 2020

Salih Ofluoglu
Ozan Onder Ozener
Umit Isikdag

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