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Buildings 2015, 5(4), 1321-1345;

BIM-Based Decision Support System for Material Selection Based on Supplier Rating

Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5316, USA
New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Flushing, New York, NY 11373, USA
Department of Construction Management, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Tanyel Bulbul
Received: 5 September 2015 / Accepted: 23 November 2015 / Published: 5 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue BIM in Building Lifecycle)
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Material selection is a delicate process, typically hinged on a number of factors which can be either cost or environmental related. This process becomes more complicated when designers are faced with several material options of building elements and each option can be supplied by different suppliers whose selection criteria may affect the budgetary and environmental requirements of the project. This paper presents the development of a decision support system based on the integration of building information models, a modified harmony search algorithm and supplier performance rating. The system is capable of producing the cost and environmental implications of different material combinations or building designs. A case study is presented to illustrate the functionality of the developed system. View Full-Text
Keywords: building information models; harmony search optimization; supplier rating building information models; harmony search optimization; supplier rating

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Akanmu, A.; Asfari, B.; Olatunji, O. BIM-Based Decision Support System for Material Selection Based on Supplier Rating. Buildings 2015, 5, 1321-1345.

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