Research and Development

The BIM method offers significant future development potential for the realization of modern buildings. It also puts forth the means to conquer the growing complexity of today's construction projects. Today's available BIM tools enable us already to take the first important step towards a new kind of collaboration within the construction industry. As it participated in numerous research projects before, AEC3 will continue to offer its services to industry and research partners to collaborate on pioneering topics. Our main fields of competences and research objectives are as follows :

Planning processes and data requirements

AEC3 played a major role in creating the IDM (Information Delivery Manual) standard for capturing planning processes and the MVD (Model View Definition) standard for mapping these processes to a suitable BIM data exchange format. The standards' aim is to give users, software architects and developers a common access to BIM. As the specifications, the tools and the provision of content will continue to improve, the more important an intelligent way of handling, using and developing this information will get in the future. Topics like availability of this kind of information as well as suitable applications and analyzing capabilities will be more in the centre of attention.

Quality Control and Validation

Merging different aspect models into one common building information model creates ideal possibilities to detect planning mistakes. The potential in this context became evident already ten years ago during the Corenet project in Singapore. Since then AEC3 has been continuously busy with this topic and has been co-developing solutions to questions like a replicable formalization of rules or certification of software. It's evident already today, that the quality control of planning data will be one of the most important reasons to use openBIM standards. The linking with the planning processes will be the next logical step. This could lead to a new quality of project management in the end.

Data management and cooperative collaboration

A centralized project data management is rather common already for software development and mechanical engineering. There are commercial solutions available for the construction industry that impose extra requirements on the IFC data model. For example the BIM Collaboration Format has found its way into the buildingSMART standards already. Unsolved problems continue to be the documentation of alterations, consolidating diverging planning statuses or the administration of access privileges. The linking with the planning processes will be the next logical step here as well. This will lead to a better coordination and control of the planning processes.

Knowledge management

With each project more lessons can be learned that will give a better understanding for future projects. Therefore it would be desirable that such lessons could be available in an evaluable form and could be used for the advancement of BIM. Unfortunately only a small amount of information is in an evaluable form. At the same time more and more specifications and templates are created that could support the project work. Thus it will become more and more important to make the relevant information accessible for the user and to support him at the project work. E.g. it should be examined if ontologies could be an adequate form of knowledge representation.

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