Integrating building information modeling (BIM) with custom software development during the design, construction, and operation phases of the facilities

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Kazado, Daniel
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that provides architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the digital twin of physical and functional characteristics of the actual facility that paves the way for more efficiently design, construct and operate. The data volume achieved with the BIM process has the means to coalesce, become information, and opens the doors for the analyzing as never before for the built environment. Although creating a 3D visual representation of the facility is the manifestation of changing ways of working, BIM is the management and analysis of information through the life cycle of the facility. The BIM process can be used to facilitate decisions at the early design stage that have a direct effect on the energy efficiency of buildings. The impact of the two main factors, shape and orientation of the buildings on energy consumption was analyzed and discussed to determine the optimal solution in cold climates. The results for the energy consumption have been presented with the combination of six building shapes with eight orientations, and the study showed the possibility to reduce the energy intensity by approximately 20%. The fourth dimension of the BIM process is the intelligent linking of model elements with time and scheduling related information for monitoring progress of construction activities and improves project management. A data center building has been used as a case study to present the custom-developed add-in for the construction progress visualization method. The method developed made it possible to monitor the progress of the individual model elements for the various states of progress. Beyond the use of BIM during design and construction, there is much to gain in the long run throughout the facilities lifecycle, and the impact of the accumulated information with BIM transcends these phases. Three approaches for the integration of the sensor database with the BIM process have been demonstrated by using the fifth floor of EITC building as a case study to improve the efficiency of facility management (FM). The developed add-in has been created as a common data platform for the visualization of sensor technology and leads to more responsive facility management.
BIM, Software development