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Semantic Enrichment for Building Information Modeling

Belsky, M and Sacks, R and Brilakis, I (2016) Semantic Enrichment for Building Information Modeling. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 31. pp. 261-274. ISSN 1093-9687

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© 2016 Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. Significant difficulties remain in exchanging information between building information modeling (BIM) tools. The industry foundation classes (IFC) exchange schema is too generic to capture the full semantic meaning needed for direct use by different construction project stakeholders' BIM tools. Although BIM standards that prescribe model view definitions (MVD) for domain-specific exchanges are under development, insufficient semantic definition of exchanges prevents achievement of the full potential of BIM through seamless interoperability. We propose an innovative approach for supplementing an IFC exchange file with semantically useful concepts inferred from the explicit and implicit information contained in the building model. A prototype software was implemented to test the applicability of the approach. It consists of a rule-processing engine and allows composition of inference rule-sets that can be tailored for different domains. The tests demonstrate semantic enrichment with precast concrete building models, adding inferred joint, slab aggregation and connection concepts.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:10
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 02:31