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  • 50
    IfcOpenShell and open source authoring workflows
    2 months agoopen5
    A presentation of the work happening in FreeCAD, BlenderBIM and IfcOpenShell towards authoring capabilities for end-users.
  • 34
    BIMBOTS – Autonomous BIM IN THE CLOUD 1 example; Algorithmic based checking
    1 month agoopen1
    Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, TNO has developed a Proof of Concept to calculate the impact of a building on the environment from an IFC (which can be made under water by a plugin) in the cloud, fully automated. Several data sources have been approached and by means of algorithmic based checking calculations are made without burdening the end user with large guidelines on how to model. In other words: Even if the file is not fully encoded and/or contains errors, we can work with it. Of course, applications such as machine learning, voxelisation, the open source BIM server and BIMsurfer (Viewer) are used to interpret and present the final results. At the end of February, the PoC will be delivered and a follow-up proposal will be made to achieve far-reaching, automated checking of government-imposed building regulations.
  • 32
    BCF Certification
    2 months agoopen3
    Users need to know what tools can and can not do with BCF. New tools are developed frequently, but implementation differs. Trial and error is what users apply. Certification should be the answer!!
  • 23
    Online BIM based permit checking
    2 months agoopen0
    For Estonia we have build an online proof of concept for a BIM based permit checking solution. The idea is that both permit applicants as issuers can use the solution to test their IFC design against certain predefined checks. By using an algorithm based approach instead of a rule based approach less prerequisites to the IFC file are necessary and the reliability of the checks will be higher. For the first results check out:
  • 17
    Binary IFC file format using HDF5
    2 months agoopen0
    The current IFC serialisations are text-based and need to be parsed entirely for most tasks. This proposed binary format, inspired by ISO 10303 26, enables lazy loading and much more efficient retrieval of data.
  • 17
    A Review and Scientometric Analysis of Global Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) Research in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry
    1 month agoopen7
    This study is going to conduct Scientometric review on global industry foundation class research with the time span from Year 1998 - 2020. As IFC is a neutral format and has advantage for the construction industry for model exchange. There are gaps in global IFC research and this study will provide a medium for closing such gaps.
  • 16
    2 months agoopen7
    How to integrate and work in a 100% digital common data environment using IFC and BCF to work integrated with standard X.509 advanced digital signatures, and trust service providers with eIDAS compliance, to support legal compliance about author, integrity and legality for BIM models. #proptech #constech #digitaltransformation
  • 15
    Linked Data and Semantic Web used for Bridge Classification
    1 month agoopen1
    The Road Authorities in Norway have launched a large fjord crossing project south of Bergen called Bjørnafjorden. To support and survey the planning-, design-, build- and operate- phases of this project, the Road Authorities want to set up a comprehensive dashboard solution called Bjørnafjorden Open Live Center (BOLC). A paramount prerequisite for implementing BOLC, is a common and flexible data model definition/classification. buildingSMART Norway - Technical Room assists the Road Authorities in Norway to implement an ontology (OTL) for this purpose based on Linked Data/Semantic Web technology. The OTL is based on the Norwegian handbook for bridge classification; V440. This ontology and the reasoning behind it will be demonstrated and explained.
  • 14
    Adapting the Solid ecosystem to a decentralized, modular CDE
    2 months agoopen1
    There is no need to reinvent the wheel in the search for web-based management of the Building Life Cycle. The Solid initiative for a decentralized and secure web of (social) data, led by Tim Berners-Lee, can be adopted and adapted for decentralized management of building projects. Each project stakeholder keeps track of their own data using a personal online data store (POD), nevertheless linking it with other stakeholder data, project requirements, and publicly available geospatial and governmental data, thereby forming a distributed building model. The combination of recent modular ontologies for the built environment (BOT, OPM, BuildingElement, DOT …) with preconfigured Solid web-app generators makes it easy to extend the concept of BIM bots ( to a Linked Data framework (LBD bots?) with a low threshold for developing custom web services.
  • 14
    Can multiple inheritance bring better modularity and extensibility to IFC?
    2 months agoopen0
    Restructuring the IFC schema to better handle its constant-growth and adaptability to projects' specificities is becoming more and more relevant, a task disccussed during the last bSI summit in Beijing. What if this could be handled through a simple mechanism: multiple inheritance? We illustrate this proposal in the context of using IFC for retrofitting projects.
  • 14
    usBIM.editor by ACCA software – Advanced IFC-Open BIM Editor
    2 weeks agoopen1
    From entities, properties and grouping editing to the Virtual Reality of the IFC model, passing through the automatic generation of all the plans, drawings and tables, usBIM.editor adds BIM authoring capabilities directly on the IFC file format. This allows for all new kind of workflows to be realized. It is also buildingSMART International IFC certified software for Coordination View 2.0.
  • 9
    Vendor-user alignment via OpenCDE-API
    2 months agoopen1
    Current industry practice of data exchange between common data environments is inefficient and costly. Commercial reasons aside, CDE Vendors have real technical challenges for developing sustainable integrations. Developed to customer requirements CDEs provide a tightly integrated platform making it valuable on its own. The irony is that it makes it a poor candidate for external integration. For example an entity schema representing a document in Aconex has ~25 metadata fields but Procore has 5 metadata fields which means that the metadata needs to be mapped between the systems to create a “common understanding” for both systems to “talk”. There are also other challenges such as query languages and patterns and more that challenge this seamless flow of information and often change on a project and customer basis. Users have three options; build custom point to point integrations, engage third party integration hubs or continue to complete data exchange manually. With the growth and continuous disintegration of platforms and Applications we need to discuss what we can do to stop using valuable project human resources as a proxy for orchestrating project data.
  • 8
    GeoPose – developing a universal standard for geospatial position and orientation for any real or digital object
    3 weeks agoopen2
    After an initiative from the Open AR Cloud Association last year, the Open Geospatial Consortium has started the development of a universal standard for the geospatial position and orientation of any real or digital object. The speaker will present how this could make the georeferencing of BIM models seemless and interoperable with other reapidly develping real world spatial computing technologies, like AR-Cloud based visual positioning services that could help visualize a BIM model without calibration accurately positioned on the construction site in 1:1 scale
  • 7
    User Request for BCF
    2 months agoopen1
    Communication with the help of reality capture and BCF. This is strongly needed for BIM on the construction site and the way contractors need to verify the quality of the work on site. There is a new law in The Netherlands in 2021, where contractors have to gather evidence to proof the quality of the building. This can be easily done with the help of reality capture, like a photo. The need to communicate and secure this, can be fulfilled with the help of BCF. Software vendors need to take action to be able to use this way of communication within the process.
  • 6
    Data Templates: the backbone of future digital marketplaces
    1 month agoopen0
    Managing structured data is key to evolving from paper brochures to online marketplaces in construction. The purpose of Data Templates is to ensure that product data requesters (architects, specifiers, contractors, facility managers, etc.) and product data providers (manufacturers, distributors) exchange information based on the same structures and using the same digital language. By using a common data structure that is based on industry standards, information exchange becomes much more efficient, collaboration between the stakeholders – easier, and the sector will be enabled to take full advantage of the newest digital technologies: digital twins, IoT, Smarts Cities, etc. For more information, please visit:
  • 5
    User Request for BCF - Bimsnippet
    2 months agoopen0
    A more effective way to communicate about openings and recesses is BimSnippet, as part of the existing BCF communication with ‘issues’. The specific modeldata of an opening or recess in a construction element, can be part of an ‘issue’. This way, the specific information can be reviewed and processed with multiple applications. This helps creating a ‘definitive design’ as known in The Netherlands. Eventually, it helps creating a aspectmodel from a supplier on what they are going to produce and deliver, but faster and more efficient. read more:
  • 5
    USD for AEC
    2 months agoopen2
    The session is to make the community aware of the work being done on USD by the Film and Entertainment world. USD is a open source data format developed by Pixar. Universal Scene Description (USD) is the first publicly available software that addresses the need to robustly and scalably interchange and augment arbitrary 3D scenes that may be composed from many elemental assets.
  • 5
    CEN SMLS: Standard way of bringing IFC and IFD to Linked Data
    2 months agoopen0
    In CEN TC442/WG4/TG3 we are developing a Semantic Modelling and Linking Standard. In this presentation I show how this SMLS compares to current IFD (ISO 12006-3) and how both approaches can complement and strengthen each other for use in both bSI (ifcOWL improvement and bSDD-LD) and CEN (Product Data Templates).
  • 5
    Testbed for Through Life Supprt - mapping IFC, CityGML ++ to PLCS
    2 weeks agoopen0
    The Testbed project, within the Swedish Smart Built Environment programme, has developed a test environment for digitalization of municipality and industry planning and construction processes. The Testbed comprises components for import, export and conversion/mapping of BIM and Geodata, a platform for managing information in a life cycle perspective. It also has functions to link distributed data sources. The platform supports an unbroken information flow based on international open standards on BIM level 3. The testbed is cloud based. We have now linked the lifecycle stages from requirements in the Municipality planning over design with generic building elements to the construction planning utilizing industry products over to the as realized version of the models where the individuals with their serial numbers then are used to link to observations and sensor data to compare with the original requirements. All these stages have individually versioned building elements and they are linked from stage to stage for back tracing. The platform is now available for starting developments, experiments and testing to see if and how we can change processes in the built environment – in municipalities, in design companies, contractors and developers.
  • 4
    Automatic Cloud Based Open Standard Model Validation
    1 month agoopen0
    BIM & Scan AutoCorr is an OpenBIM Scan-vs-BIM tool for comparing models to point clouds which enables a quick and accurate visualization of scan vs building information model, in turn enabling fast, accurate, and objective Quality Assurance decisions on what elements of the model to update.​ AutoCorr utilizes open standards E57, IFC, and BCF, and works on buildings, civil, road, rail, bridges, etc.
  • 3
    Enhancing traceability of building components through integration of Common Data Environment (CDE) with Smart Contracts
    1 month agoopen0
    Audit trails of building components in a complex supply chain is hard to keep a track off through current prevalent manual techniques. Tracking and tracing are required for the manufacturer, production date, batch, installation dates, etc. The Smart Contract integration with Common Data Environments platform will provide complete audit trails for each of the components in the project (Architecture, Structural, and MEP). The audit trail can be accessible by each stakeholder in the manufacturing, delivery, and installation process. This new process of tracking and tracing the building elements will increase trust, as no one owns the audit trail, it will also streamline the workflow and increases productivity, at the same time, it is easy to query specific details rather than the whole database, hence reducing disputes between project stakeholders.
  • 2
    Data Dictionary (bSDD) extended adding uniform resource identifier’s for linked data model
    1 month agoopen0
    Buildvoc it is an electronic vocabulary listing key terms with definitions which are used in the built environment, these terms are distributed in a number of different data format which include .xml, .rdf and .json. The vocabulary is structured/linked data which is a machine readable and organised using an ontology Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS). The vocabulary is hosted on the internet to enable the connection of information with the use of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). This data is stored in a database called a triple store, which captures and distributes the linked data connections structured in subject-predicate-object format an W3C standard. Adding Uniform Resource Identifier (URI’s) to building smart data dictionary (bSDD) will extend the functionality of the classification to be utilised with common data environment (CDE) / link data models. Buildvoc has recently been extended to include key terms for building regulation guidance from approved document b / fire safety published in the UK more information can be found on Github or view the system and download terms go to
  • 2
    Computer Aided Code Compliance of RC Elements
    1 month agoopen0
    Several innovations are being introduced every day in the AEC industries. BIM is like a revolution in the AEC market. Automation in design is an important process that catches the attention of many researchers and experts. Advent of the code compliance in BIM is one of the essential factors for its accomplishment. It is a tiresome task of verifying a country’s building codes on a building to find out possible errors in the design and then making the required revisions. However, such unwanted problems can be eradicated by automating the code compliance system. This target can be achieved by coding a rule-based engine that can save the country’s building codes and their desired clauses, finally compiling the BIM model to solve out the errors. A code-compliance system can be successfully implemented only when, the rules are interpreted accurately, making them under the user’s command and effortless in manipulating a system. 1. At first, the BIM file is downloaded from the client’s account on BIMserver in the IFC format. 2. The file is then processed by the rule engine by complying the digital code checks with it. 3. The rule engine delivers the results showing the checks passed and the one which got failed. 4. The members that fail in a particular check, also get the information of actual value and the value required. 5. At last, the results delivered are exported by the rule engine as a report in a CSV file that can be sent back to the client. Working demo of IFC Rule Engine for Structural Code Compliance:
  • 2
    Urban Scale BIM: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    1 month agoopen0
    Multi-BIM environments create complexities that are beyond the current capabilities of today's software applications. In order to achieve success factors of design, construction and facility management, multiple software solutions are being used and stitched together to manage the data of the Multi-BIM challenge. Join us to see how a data taxonomy-driven, IFC eco-system approach to creating, managing and distributing authenticated building information data is giving rise to the use of blockchain-style solutions for life safety, security, transportation and urban management.
  • 2
    The Elephant in the Room – Combining Vertical and Horizontal BIM, and GIS
    3 weeks agoopen0
    “Extending IFCs to Include Linear Infrastructure and Seamlessly Integrate with GIS” Initially IFC’s and buildingSMART International (bSI) were only involved with small areas and the infrastructure within them (vertical BIM). However, for the past decade, bSI has been working on extending IFCs to include large linear infrastructure and city models (horizontal/linear BIM). But for most large-scale infrastructure work, Geodetic datums (longitude and latitude) and Map projections (giving global map coordinates – Eastings and Northings), and alignments in the global map coordinates are essential. Now that bSI is addressing both the traditional local BIM and also large linear areas, the bSI approach needs to be slightly modified so that the extended ifcs work seamlessly for BOTH vertical and horizontal infrastructure, AND integrate with GIS systems. This talk outlines the current problems preventing this integration and proposes a small change to some ifc’s that should make everyone happy. It extends the work presented in the buildingSMART paper, “Model Setup IDM, Vol1:Geo-Referencing BIM”.
  • 2
    Storing IFC-models in databases
    2 weeks agoopen0
    Databases can replace the management of many individual files and are also an instrument for mastering complexity. Two types of databases will be presented 1. ifcSQL as a central repository for schema information and models 2. ifcSQLite as exchange format These database concepts show – like the other exchange formats for IFC - that the IFC data model is not bounded to a specific file format and can be saved and exchanged in various ways - even also with relational databases. Relational databases have standardized access mechanisms that have become established in software development, similar to XML. A server-based database with ifcSQL offers a solid foundation for digital twins with the possiblity of standardized and established queries via SQL.
  • 1
    Beyond mvdXML: Information Delivery Control for ISO 19650 based EIRs based on OpenStandards in the context of IDM and the German VDI 2552
    2 weeks agoopen0
    This project is about the development of a guideline to create BIM based Exchange Information Requirements (EIR), as well as an information delivery controlling for digital aquisition, controlling and documentation of information, based on bSI OpenBIM standards and the ISO 19650 framework.
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