Special Issue "BIM in Building Repair and Maintenance"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Prof. Ali M. Memari
Penn State University
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Interests: Residential and commercial building envelope systems evaluation, Building science and energy efficiency of buildings, Full-scale structural and environmental testing of building envelope systems, Evaluation of building structural and nonstructural and envelope systems under natural hazard effects, Building Information Modeling, 3D Printing of Concrete
Adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a capability that allows all disciplines involved in a project to communicate through interoperability between their respective software platforms for effective and timely use of information and optimum workflow, operation, productivity and profitability has significantly increased in the industry over the past couple of decades. Of course, BIM is still mainly leveraged for new construction sector and mostly limited to uses in pre-operation stages of building lifecycle such as planning, simulation, visualization, design, construction, and project delivery. However, as a result of recent advancements in this technology such as the development of related information management standards, integration with Virtual/Augment Reality, and availability of several BIM-related tools and gadgets, BIM is becoming easily accessible for post-commissioning uses with potential application to handling issues related to existing buildings, including conservation, repair and maintenance work, which could account for about 40% of the construction activities in some countries. As a result of increasing BIM adoption in the building industry, such models are available to owners readily upon completion of the project. This creates a lot of opportunities for owners and facility managers to benefit from BIM technology at a very low cost.
Management of repair and maintenance is one of the major challenges in the operation stage of buildings. It is a complex task for facility managers who mostly still process unformatted data manually to schedule and run inspections, identify problems and anomalies, predict and schedule repairs and maintenances, and estimate costs during the long operation stage of data-rich buildings and facilities. Throughout this period, a significant amount of information such as material information, equipment and warranty information, supplier information, inspections data, and maintenance and repair information are frequently created or consumed for decision makings. Manual management of such unformatted maintenance and repair data throughout a long period decreases efficiency and increases the risk of errors. Due to its capability to store rigorous and significantly large database in one single model and automatic update of the model, BIM can potentially transform the way such information is formatted, integrated, and managed, and consequently can increase productivity and minimize error.
For this Special Issue of the Buildings Journal, authors are invited to submit papers related to the general theme of the Special Issue for all types of buildings. We invite authors to submit original papers discussing issues related to application of BIM to repair and maintenance, including the following topics:
- Application of BIM in maintenance scheduling
- Building system management
- Integration of BIM with current systems and processes of repair and maintenance management
- Incorporation of BIM models into building facilities and asset management systems
- Data formatting and interoperability
- Building performance tracking
- BIM integration with sensors
- Application of Virtual/Augmented Reality for repair and maintenance of facilities are highly encouraged
- Development of 3D models of existing buildings using aerial mapping and 3D laser scanning for application of BIM to repair and retrofit projects
- Application of BIM to building operational energy use maintenance
- Application of BIM in existing building condition assessment and structural health monitoring and maintenance
Prof. Ali M. Memari
Dr. Issa Ramaji
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- Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- Repair, Retrofit, Rehabilitation
- Inspection, Maintenance
- Asset and Facility Management