Generating as-is building information models for facility management by leveraging heterogeneous existing information sources: A case study

Bo Gu, Semiha Ergan, Burcu Akinci

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Abstract

Inadequate information interoperability in facility management (FM) activities costs time and money being wasted for searching for the needed information from many different data sources. An integrated Building Information Model (BIM), depicting as-is conditions, has a high potential to minimize such wastes. However, facility managers still face the challenge of generating as-is building information models for existing facilities. A main problem with current approaches for generating as-is BIMs is that they mainly focus on capturing and providing geometric information. Many other types of information are missing, such as equipment warranty and technical parameters. The research described in this paper targets the generation of accurate and semantically rich as-is BIMs by leveraging heterogeneous existing information sources, such as drawings and operation and maintenance manuals. This approach was investigated through detailed case studies done in two old academic buildings. Existing information obtained from documents has been compared to industry foundation classes (IFC), COBie, and the data generated from a BIM authoring system. The comparative analysis results reveal several information gaps among different sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2014
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1911-1920
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780784413517
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: May 19 2014May 21 2014

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress

Other

Other2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period5/19/145/21/14

Keywords

  • as-is model
  • building information modeling
  • case study
  • facility management
  • industry foundation classes
  • model generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

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    Gu, B., Ergan, S., & Akinci, B. (2014). Generating as-is building information models for facility management by leveraging heterogeneous existing information sources: A case study. In Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress (pp. 1911-1920). (Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413517.0195