Special Issue "Future Directions in Building Information Modeling"


A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Milan Radosavljevic
School of Engineering, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE, UK
Website: http://www.reading.ac.uk/CME/about/staff/m-radosavljevic.aspx
E-Mail: milan.radosavljevic@uws.ac.uk
Phone: +44 141-848 3452
Interests: BIM; information management; construction innovation; embodied energy; labour productivity; delayed ettringite formation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained increased attention over the past few years with several governments around the world enacting its inclusion in publicly funded projects.

These seemingly monumental initiatives have sparked a frenzy of activity in industry and research. From BIM protocols and standards and new rules of measurement on one hand to a plethora of software vendors and solutions on the other, the construction sector has found itself in the center of a construction virtualization hurricane.

Although still remarkably rare, voices predicting new business models that will emerge from survival necessity are getting louder. But then there are other headaches like managing the incredible amount of data, ownership and maturity within the supply chain. It is not a surprise that cloud computing is fast becoming the new buzzword in this proudly traditional industrial sector.

So, what will the future hold for BIM? Perhaps a single modeling environment is not as distant a prospect as it appears now and BIM will become a new virtual Research and Development platform, with project-independent teams improving building models using live data from existing buildings. This Special Issue will thus solicit original high quality papers focusing on the future directions in BIM.

Prof. Dr. Milan Radosavljevic
Guest Editor


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  • information modelling
  • information management
  • BIM implementation
  • BIM standards
  • big data
  • BIM cloud
  • virtual construction
  • visualisation
  • legal framework
  • integrated construction
  • asset care (or Facilities management)

Published Papers (2 papers)

by  and
Buildings 2014, 4(3), 295-319; doi:10.3390/buildings4030295
Received: 1 April 2014; in revised form: 8 May 2014 / Accepted: 16 June 2014 / Published: 1 July 2014
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by , ,  and
Buildings 2013, 3(2), 380-398; doi:10.3390/buildings3020380
Received: 1 March 2013; in revised form: 25 April 2013 / Accepted: 14 May 2013 / Published: 22 May 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Leveraging Digital Technologies for Civil Infrastructure: An Australian Perspective
J.A. Kraatz *, A.X. Sanchez and K.D. Hampson
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Curtin University, Bentley, Perth, Australia
This paper will report on current research which is contributing to realising productivity benefits of digital modelling and integrated project delivery for the Australian transport infrastructure construction industry with a focus on the use of building information modelling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC). Research is targeted on the delivery of road infrastructure projects and the potential to enhance productivity across the industry, with consequent significant positive impact on the Australian economy.
Specific objectives are to: (i) build an understanding of the current institutional environment and business systems and support which impact on the uptake of BIM/VDC in infrastructure; (ii) gather data to enable cross-country analysis of these environments; and (iii) provide strategic and practical outcomes for implementation in the delivery of BIM and VDC on transport infrastructure projects. This will be addressed in two parts: Part 1: The institutional environment of BIM and VDC uptake for road infrastructure; and Part 2: The role of knowledge intermediaries in education, training and the provision of business advice and support for BIM and VDC uptake for road infrastructure.Four activities will inform this research including a review of literature, desktop research, semi-formal interviews in Australia and Sweden, and a cross-country comparative analysis to determine factors affecting uptake and productivity improvements. These activities will seek to understand the state-of-practice versus best practices leading to IPD and BIM widespread adoption. This research will follow the BIM study framework developed by Succar (2009) that identifies three fields (technology, process and policy) interlocking with two sub-fields each: players and deliverables and establishes network-based integration as the last stage of BIM maturity.
Early findings will be discussed in this paper. Outcomes of this research will: inform a national public procurement strategy; provide guidelines for new contractual frameworks; and contribute to addressing skill gaps especially for SMEs in the context of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in Australia.
building information management (BIM); virtual design and construction (VDC); integrated project delivery (IPD); civil infrastructure, Australia, procurement

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Integration of Building Information Modeling and Critical Path Method Schedules to Simulate the Impact of Temperature and Humidity at the Project Level
Authors: Yongwei Shan and Paul M. Goodrum *
Affiliation: Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 428 UCB, 1111 Engineering Drive, Boulder, CO 80309-0428, USA
Abstract: Steel construction activities are often undertaken in an environment with limited climate control.  Both hot and cold temperatures can physically and psychologically affect construction workers, thus decreasing their productivity.  Temperature and humidity are two factors that constantly exert forces on workers and influence their performance and efficiency.  Previous research studies have established the relationship between labor productivity and temperature and humidity.  This paper is built on the existing body of knowledge, and develops a frame work of integrating building information modeling (BIM) with a lower level critical path method (CPM) schedule to simulate the overall impact of temperature and humidity on a healthcare facility's structural steel erection project in terms of total man hours and duration required to build the project.  This research effort utilized historical weather data of four cities across the U.S., with each city having workable seasons all year around, to test if various project starting dates and locations of a project could significantly impact the project's schedule performance.  It was found that both varied project start dates and locations significantly contribute to the difference in the work hours required to build the model project and that the project start date and location have an interaction effect.  This research effort contributes to the overall body of knowledge by providing a framework that can help practitioners better understand the overall impact of a productivity influencing factor at a project level, in order to facilitate better decision making.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Maximizing Value to Homeowners through BIM in Housing Refurbishment Projects
s: Kenneth Sungho Park and Ki Pyung Kim
School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
Construction clients are persistently seeking to maximize value and achieve sustainability. Sustainability becomes a major consideration in the construction industry as buildings are responsible for 45% of the total UK CO2 emission. In particular, the housing sector accounts for 28% of the total UK CO2 emission, and it is crucial to refurbish a whole house to achieve the sustainability agenda of 80% CO2 reduction by 2050. However, the whole house refurbishment deems to be challenging since the current construction practice is fragmented in nature and inefficient to integrate diverse information throughout the project lifecycle. As a response to the current challenges, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been introduced as it is capable of managing construction projects in collaborative manner. Despite of the capability of BIM, the current uptake of the housing sector is lower as 25%.  Thus, this research aims to investigate the value of homeowners to increase the uptake of BIM and exploring a possible solution to use BIM for whole house refurbishment projects. The questionnaire survey was conducted amongst 100 homeowners in the UK, and 39 UK construction professionals with an average of 18 years of experience in housing refurbishment were interviewed. The results of this investigation show that homeowners value initial cost more while construction professionals value thermal performance. It was also revealed that homeowners and construction professionals reached the same priorities in the roof as the first priority in refurbishment. Finally, this research has found that BIM requires a proper dataset and process map for whole house refurbishment.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Building Information Modeling: A holistic and multi-level exploration of the status, lessons learned and future directions
s: Anita Moum 1 and Kai Haakon Kristensen 2
Department of building design and management, Faculty of architecture and fine art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Skanska, Norway
The conservative and fragmented Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry is facing powerful change drivers and societal grand challenges. New information and communication technologies (ICT) have increasingly caught the attention of stakeholders as a mean to meet these challenges and to achieve goals of improving productivity, performance, sustainability and innovation. The current societal, economic and technological trends are requiring, driving and enabling change of practice, research and education - across traditional disciplines and curricula. This urges a systematic, interdisciplinary and holistic approach to problem solving and knowledge building, which again greatly challenges all actors involved. The aim of this paper is to explore the current status of implementing and using BIM and the related effects and expectations for change and improvement in construction projects and the Norwegian AEC-industry. Furthermore it will discuss future directions, both in a national and international context. The paper applies a holistic and multi-level approach to the explorations and discussions –from the 1) strategic and policy-making level by looking at the ambitions embedded in a governmental white paper “Good buildings for a better society” (2012), the resulting strategic collaborative authority-industry arena called Construction21 (Bygg21, 2013) and ongoing national joint research-initiatives, down to 2) project level by looking at and mapping the status and effects of implementing BIM, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and related collaborative models in R&D active AEC-organizations and ambitious pilot projects. The tool and measures for mapping the use and effects of using BIM in construction projects is developed by Kristensen, Andersen and Torp (2013). These tools and measures are currently piloted in several construction companies, and return an impression of the level BIM implementations and what is understood as its common use. The multi-level approach to the explorations was developed as a part of a research project (Moum, 2008) exploring relations between the building design process and the implementation and use of new ICT such as BIM. The research project demonstrated that the successful implementation and use of Building Information Modelling is affected by the many interdependencies, relations and interfaces embedded in the highly complex and partly unpredictable real world practice. The project concluded that a future challenge of research and practice is to better understand, master and balance these relationships - upstream and downstream across multiple levels, processes and activities.  The paper will explore the current situation and trends in relation to the 2008-conclusions. The paper will show that there has been a shift in the AEC-industry from a technology-biased focus and “silo-thinking”, towards an increased awareness of the need for more integrated and holistic ways of thinking and collaborative working. It will furthermore give insight in current obstacles and the possibilities given by powerful initiatives on various levels, as well as the potential impact on the future development of the AEC-industry.

Moum, A. (2008). Exploring relations between the architectural design process and ICT – Learning from practitioners’ stories. Doctoral theses at NTNU, 2008:217.
Kristensen, K. H., B. Andersen, et al. (2013). "Performance measurement in the design process; a tool for the design manager." Journal of Design Research 11(2/2013): 148-167.
White paper “Good buildings for a better society” (2012), St. 28 (2011-2012) Report to the Storting, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development.
Bygg21, http://www.dibk.no/Tema/Bygg21/

Last update: 3 April 2014

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