Special Issue "BIM and HBIM: Principles, Applications, and Standardization/Interoperability Issues"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Civil Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Antonia Spano'
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Politecnico di Torino
Interests: Image- and range-based survey methods (close range photogrammetry, LiDAR, Mobile mapping systems mainly applied to built and cultural heritage); 3d models; spatial data standards; GIS tools and analysis; 3D mapping and 3D GIS; semantics; ontologies; BIM and HBIM
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Dr. Francesca Noardo
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Built Environment and Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Nethlands
Interests: GIS; 3D city models; GeoBIM; spatial data integration
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Dr. Margarita Kokla
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School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
Interests: semantic representation of geospatial knowledge; geospatial ontologies; semantic information extraction and integration; semantic interoperability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, 3D models of cities and their buildings, including geometric and semantic contents, have been largely acknowledged as a powerful tool for many research fields and applications (building and infrastructure design, conservation and restoration support, urban design and planning, assets management, and so on). BIM (building information models) and HBIM (historical BIM/heritage BIM) are also of relevance, particularly, when historical urban areas and architectural assets are involved.

The great development (in number and functionalities) of BIM systems and tools leads to relevant questions about how to actually enhance their flexibility in order to make their exchange, maintenance, and reusability effective within both the urban and the building scale.

The use of open standards is, obviously, a good choice, but many issues surrounding open standards remain unresolved. Industry foundation classes (IFC) by buildingSMART are the affirmed open standard for managing BIMs. However, many other standards exist for the same objects, concerning buildings and their urban context (OGC CityGML, gbXML, the INSPIRE data model, and national standards are some examples). Their effective integration has been the topic of many studies, using different approaches (manual mapping approaches, ontologies, and others), but there has been no definitive solution.

Furthermore, the definition of rules and best practices about how to model BIMs and HBIMs properly, envisaging their reuse and exchange, is an open issue in the field. This is particularly true when dealing with HBIMs and, in general, as-built BIMs.

Moreover, other 3D models and spatial products are based on mapping standards and derive from survey and modeling methods of a different nature (image and range-based acquisitions, remote sensing, lidar, different modeling techniques, scan to BIM processes, the use of NURBS). Therefore, their interoperability with BIM has become an important issue.

It is necessary to solve the problems of interoperability and standardization in order to build efficient and useful BIMs and HBIMs that can effectively take advantage of the many available technologies for their management.

This Special Issue of Applied Sciences, titled “BIM and HBIM: Principles, Applications, and Standardization/Interoperability Issues” will outline how the proposed solutions for interoperability and the use of standards can bring advantages for BIM and HBIM applications (including design and construction projects, use of BIM in urban space planning, historical built heritage documentation, conservation projects, and asset management, together with projects that address the emerging demands of our era: lower energy consumption, smart networking, logistics, conservation strategies, enhanced resilience, and so on.

Prof. Dr. Antonia Spano'
Dr. Francesca Noardo
Dr. Margarita Kokla
Guest Editors

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