Semantic Enrichment for Building Information Modeling
Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
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Belsky, M., Sacks, R., & Brilakis, I. (2015). Semantic Enrichment for Building Information Modeling. Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 31 261-274. https://doi.org/10.1111/mice.12128
Significant difficulties remain in exchanging information between Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools. The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) exchange schema is too generic to capture the full semantic meaning needed for direct use by different construction project stakeholders' BIM tools. Although BIM standards that prescribe model view definitions (MVD) for domain-specific exchanges are under development, insufficient semantic definition of exchanges prevents achievement of the full potential of BIM through seamless interoperability. We propose an innovative approach for supplementing an IFC exchange file with semantically useful concepts inferred from the explicit and implicit information contained in the building model. The rule-sets used can easily be tailored for different domains. A prototype system was implemented and used to demonstrate semantic enrichment of precast concrete model files, adding joint and slab aggregation concepts. The tests illustrated the composition of rule-sets using topological, geometric and other generic operators that can be re-used for other domains.
The authors are grateful to Prof. Chuck Eastman and his team at the Digital Building Laboratory at Georgia Tech for hosting the first author during the early stages of this work, and to the EU FP7 Marie Curie Grant for its financial support of this secondment.
European Commission (247586)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/mice.12128
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246879