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Special Issue "Future Prospects of BIM Management for Sustainability in Smart Built Environment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 2933

Special Issue Editors

Project Management Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Interests: construction innovation and technology management; project management; digital transformation in the AEC industry; nD-BIM; extended reality (VR/AR/MR), Metaverse, digital twins; lean and collaborative working in construction; ICT; construction 4.0; reality capture; Scan-to-BIM; smart infrastructure, IoT; cognitive buildings; applications of AI and ML in the AEC industry; sustainability and sustainable buildings; BIM-based sustainability; sustainable development; technological innovations for sustainability
Computer Science Department, University of Turin, Corso Svizzera 185, 10149 Torino, Italy
Interests: sustainability and sustainable buildings; environmental and energy protocols; energy saving; renewable energies; energy retrofit and NZEB; BIM to BEM (building information modelling to building energy modelling) interoperability; cognitive buildings; behavioural design; probabilistic models; building management systems (BMS)
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Department of Construction Engineering and Lighting Science, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden
Interests: digital transformation in AEC industry; digital twin-based smart built environment; augmented reality/mixed reality for cognitive buildings; integration of digital twins and deep learning for smart planning and construction; blockchain technology in construction supply chains; cyber physical systems for construction 4.0; integration of unmanned aerial vehicles and BIM for construction safety planning and monitoring
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last several decades, a considerable number of sustainable design and construction approaches for AEC projects have been developed across the globe, using a wide range of technologies, tools, and techniques, such as BIM, to accomplish their objectives. BIM as a system is still in its early stages, and solutions in the industry are constantly evolving to meet the distinctive needs of their users. As technology has advanced in recent years, the use of BIM has proven to be an innovative, useful, and effective factor in the development of sustainable projects, particularly in the processes of designing systems, performance assessment, visualizing, managing, and, more recently, optimizing them from a life cycle perspective. Some of these technologies are Reality Capture technologies, Digital Twins, XR (VR, AR, MR), Machine Learning, AI, and others. For the foreseeable future, the emphasis of research will be on investigating the potential of BIM management for sustainability in the smart built environment and making BIM-based technologies, workflows, and tools more adaptable to the creation of a sustainable built industry. This entails a wide range of study areas embedded within the process of planning, design, construction, and maintenance, including design innovation, environmental design, visualization, AEC technologies, innovation in construction, monitoring, and maintenance to reach the highest level of sustainability in the Smart Built Environment. This research topic focuses on the usability of current and future potential BIM-based technologies, workflow, and approaches for Sustainability in Smart Built Environment. We welcome submissions of original research and reviews on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • BIM-based innovations and sustainability;
  • BIM-based planning and optimising;
  • BIM-based visualization and design integration;
  • Building performance simulation;
  • Building energy simulation;
  • Automation and robotics;
  • Technological innovations for sustainability;
  • Mobilising big data and relevant analytics and/or AI for boosting built asset optimization;
  • Digital Twins for sustainability;
  • Applications of BIM and other information systems for enhancing sustainability;
  • Green infrastructure and construction;
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable materials;
  • Retrofitting and adaptive re-use of existing buildings;
  • Low-carbon and energy-efficient built infrastructure;
  • Indoor environmental quality;
  • Project procurement and management for enhanced sustainability;
  • Built asset operation and management for enhanced sustainability;
  • Education and capacity enhancement for BIM-based sustainability;
  • Digital technologies and lean construction;
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) and/or life cycle costing (LCC);
  • Building certification/sustainability assessments;
  • API tool development and parametric scripting.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Sepehr Alizadehsalehi
Dr. Ibrahim Yitmen
Dr. Lavinia Chiara Tagliabue
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Building Information Management
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • building lifecycle management
  • sustainable projects
  • sustainability
  • digital transformation in AEC
  • digital Twins
  • artificial Intelligence
  • cognitive buildings
  • smart city
  • energy analysis and control
  • design and construction for sustainability
  • visualization
  • Extended Reality (XR)
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Mixed Reality (MR)
  • environmental Design
  • design research
  • sustainable built environment
  • modular construction
  • smart city and construction

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Synergies of Lean, BIM, and Extended Reality (LBX) for Project Delivery Management
Sustainability 2023, 15(6), 4969; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15064969 - 10 Mar 2023
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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry stands to benefit tremendously from the integration of lean construction (LC), building information modeling (BIM), and extended reality (XR) technologies at all stages of a project. These technologies enable multidimensional content viewing and collaboration through cloud-based [...] Read more.
The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry stands to benefit tremendously from the integration of lean construction (LC), building information modeling (BIM), and extended reality (XR) technologies at all stages of a project. These technologies enable multidimensional content viewing and collaboration through cloud-based systems and in real-scale environments, resulting in higher levels of efficiency. The aim of this research is to offer an integrative approach that combines project management philosophies, systems, technologies, and tools. The sections containing the results of this study are as follows. (1) A concise review of the benefits of LC, BIM, and XR technologies in the AEC industry, including BIM-based visualization support for LC (Lean-BIM) and BIM visualization in XR (BIM-XR). This section also presents an overview of the most commonly used wearable XRs on the market. (2) The presentation of an LBX process flow diagram and an IDEF0 diagram for the LBX project delivery management system at each stage of AEC projects, including design, construction, and operation. (3) Two possible scenarios for integrated lean, BIM, and XR implementation are suggested, referred to as “in the office” and “online or semi-online LBX meetings”. (4) An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the LBX management system, practical implications, and open challenges of applying LBX to project management tasks. Overall, this study presents an enormous opportunity to increase the quality of construction project planning, understanding, and performance, and provides a roadmap for future efforts to implement the integration of LC, BIM, and XR technologies in the AEC industry. Full article
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The Consequence of Combining Indigenous Techniques with a Flexible Design to Reduce Energy Consumption in Residential Buildings for Future Architecture
Sustainability 2022, 14(21), 13958; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142113958 - 27 Oct 2022
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A significant amount of research has addressed the issue of energy consumption reduction and the use of natural ventilation. Nevertheless, fewer studies have discussed the use of vernacular solutions and their integration with modern architecture on a global scale. Therefore, the primary motivation [...] Read more.
A significant amount of research has addressed the issue of energy consumption reduction and the use of natural ventilation. Nevertheless, fewer studies have discussed the use of vernacular solutions and their integration with modern architecture on a global scale. Therefore, the primary motivation of this article is to answer the question of how combining indigenous techniques for natural ventilation with characteristics of flexible design can be reflected in reducing energy consumption in residential buildings Since natural ventilation is one of the most effective factors in creating thermal comfort and this factor creates comfortable conditions in hot and humid climates by taking advantage of airflow, reducing relative humidity, and increasing surface evaporation, this article examines the Shavadoon, which is an indigenous technique to escape from the excruciating heat of summer in Iran, and, by integrating it with modern architecture in Northern Cyprus, it seeks its effects on cooling the building and reducing energy consumption. The details of local solutions, natural ventilation, flexible design, and modern architecture will be extracted from the literature. Subsequently, via case study and, eventually, using the knowledge of BIM, the effect of their integration in reducing energy consumption will be investigated. Finally, new solutions for future architects in line with the construction of energy-efficient residential buildings will be provided. Full article
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Drivers of BIM-Based Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Buildings: An Interpretive Structural Modelling Approach
Sustainability 2022, 14(17), 11052; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141711052 - 05 Sep 2022
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) for life cycle sustainability assessment is an emerging development considered valuable given its importance in enhancing the environmentally friendly performance of buildings by delivering eco-efficient structures. However, despite its benefits, adoption is low. Thus, this study examines the key [...] Read more.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) for life cycle sustainability assessment is an emerging development considered valuable given its importance in enhancing the environmentally friendly performance of buildings by delivering eco-efficient structures. However, despite its benefits, adoption is low. Thus, this study examines the key drivers of a building’s BIM-based life cycle sustainability assessment. An interpretive structural modelling approach and Matrice d’Impacts croises-multipication applique a classement (MICMAC) analysis were adopted for this study. Nineteen key drivers were categorized into a seven-level ISM model, which revealed that the successful implementation of the driving factors for BIM-based LCSA would increase its adoption and encourage users to be proactive in exploring solutions, exerting best efforts, and advancing its usage. The primary drivers, such as organizational readiness, personal willingness to use, procurement methods, and organizational structure, amongst others, are crucial for discussing BIM-based LCSA adoption strategies and making guidelines and design decisions to guide the process. This paper therefore contributes to the growing discussion on BIM from the viewpoint of an assessment of a building’s life cycle sustainability. The study concludes that organizational, governmental, and institutional support, as well as capacity development, are essential to driving BIM-Based LCSA. Full article
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