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Buildings 2016, 6(2), 20;

An Analysis of BIM Web Service Requirements and Design to Support Energy Efficient Building Lifecycle

College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Proceedings of the 2012 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Special Session on BIM Computer Science Fundamentals, 2012 [1].
Academic Editor: Tanyel Bulbul
Received: 24 September 2015 / Revised: 22 April 2016 / Accepted: 25 April 2016 / Published: 29 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue BIM in Building Lifecycle)
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Energy Efficient Building (EEB) design, construction, and operations require the development and sharing of building information among different individuals, organizations, and computer applications. The Representational State Transfer (RESTful) Building Information Modeling (BIM) web service is a solution to enable an effective exchange of data. This paper presents an investigation into the core RESTful web service requirements needed to effectively support the EEB project lifecycle. The requirements include information exchange requirements, distributed collaboration requirements, internal data storage requirements, and partial model query requirements. We also propose a RESTful web service design model on different abstraction layers to enhance the BIM lifecycle in energy efficient building design. We have implemented a RESTful Application Program Interface (API) prototype on a mock BIMserver to demonstrate our idea. We evaluate our design by conducting a user study based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The results show that our design can enhance the efficiency of data exchange in EEB design scenarios. View Full-Text
Keywords: BIM; web service; energy efficient building lifecycle BIM; web service; energy efficient building lifecycle

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Jiang, Y.; Liu, X.; Liu, F.; Wu, D.; Anumba, C.J. An Analysis of BIM Web Service Requirements and Design to Support Energy Efficient Building Lifecycle. Buildings 2016, 6, 20.

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