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OpenBIM: An Enabling Solution for Information Interoperability

Department of Construction Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5358;
Received: 31 October 2019 / Revised: 28 November 2019 / Accepted: 4 December 2019 / Published: 8 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue BIM in the Construction Industry)
The expansion of scale and the increase of complexity of construction projects puts higher requirements on the level of collaboration among different stakeholders. How to realize better information interoperability among multiple disciplines and different software platforms becomes a key problem in the collaborative process. openBIM (building information model), as a common approach of information exchange, can meet the needs of information interaction among different software well and improve the efficiency and accuracy of collaboration. To the best of our knowledge, there is currently no comprehensive survey of openBIM approach in the context of the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) industry, this paper fills the gap and presents a literature review of openBIM. In this paper, the openBIM related standards, software platforms, and tools enabling information interoperability are introduced and analyzed comprehensively based on related websites and literature. Furthermore, engineering information interoperability research supported by openBIM is analyzed from the perspectives of information representation, information query, information exchange, information extension, and information integration. Finally, research gaps and future directions are presented based on the analysis of existing research. The systematic analysis of the theory and practice of openBIM in this paper can provide support for its further research and application. View Full-Text
Keywords: openBIM; information interoperability; standards; software openBIM; information interoperability; standards; software
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Jiang, S.; Jiang, L.; Han, Y.; Wu, Z.; Wang, N. OpenBIM: An Enabling Solution for Information Interoperability. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 5358.

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