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Integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into Facility Management: towards Sustainability

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 9347

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Built Environment, School of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Kirinari St, Bruce, ACT 2601, Australia
Interests: building information modelling; sustainable building; digital design and construction
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Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Faculty of Energy and Environment, Northumbria University Newcastle, NE1 8ST, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Interests: digitalisation of construction and engineering projects; BIM and IoT in construction and facilities management; BIM for facilities management; BIM-enabled digital transformation policies; BIM performance management; engineering and construction project management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The research shows that the applications and uses of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across planning, design and construction of built assets have received a significant attention over the last two decades. Studies have addressed themes related to visualization and virtual reality; information exchange and interoperability; semantic enrichment and information retrieval; cloud computing and Semantic Web, among several other themes.

More recently, research has started to explore the interactions of BIM with facilities management, with the overarching aim of improving the sustainability of built assets at individual building, district and whole city level. This shift requires researchers to broaden their investigations to consider aspects such as: the extended view of the life cycle to consider supply and demand of services, use of services, and circular economy; proactive and sustainable management of built assets (e.g. energy efficiency, intelligence and predictive maintenance); new design approaches (e.g. design for disassembly); new production methods (e.g. offsite manufacturing); data-driven decisions deploying Artificial Intelligence and other Industry 4.0 enablers; and new information management practices and business models.

The aim of this special issue is to trigger discussions and set the stage for revisiting the transformative role associated with BIM-integrated facility management and its sustainability implications for the built environment. This include technology, process, and policy implications; barriers and drivers; and outcomes and risks involved in such a transformation. The intention is to provide a repository for relevant studies and lessons learned, and an opportunity to facilitate knowledge sharing and discussions among researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

This special issue targets up-to-date modelling, analysis, computation and synthesis approaches with a particular focus on BIM-integrated facility management, big data, Industry 4.0 and real-time managerial frameworks, sustainable and predictive maintenance of architectural, engineering and construction projects. Studies of theoretical, empirical, and experimental nature along with case studies on the description of real-life projects are welcome. Of particular interest are multidisciplinary research studies involving industry practitioners, built environment experts and facility managers that provide rigorous BIM uses on real-life facility management projects.

Dr. Saeed Banihashemi
Dr. Mohamad Kassem
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Keywords

  • BIM
  • Facility management
  • AI and Big Data in facility management
  • Industry 4.0 applications in efficient building operation
  • Data-integrated built assets
  • Sustainable facility management solutions

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RINNO: Towards an Open Renovation Platform for Integrated Design and Delivery of Deep Renovation Projects
by Theo Lynn, Pierangelo Rosati, Antonia Egli, Stelios Krinidis, Komninos Angelakoglou, Vasileios Sougkakis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Mohamad Kassem, David Greenwood and Omar Doukari
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6018; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116018 - 27 May 2021
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The building stock accounts for a significant portion of worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. While the majority of the existing building stock has poor energy performance, deep renovation efforts are stymied by a wide range of human, technological, organisational and external [...] Read more.
The building stock accounts for a significant portion of worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. While the majority of the existing building stock has poor energy performance, deep renovation efforts are stymied by a wide range of human, technological, organisational and external environment factors across the value chain. A key challenge is integrating appropriate human resources, materials, fabrication, information and automation systems and knowledge management in a proper manner to achieve the required outcomes and meet the relevant regulatory standards, while satisfying a wide range of stakeholders with differing, often conflicting, motivations. RINNO is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to deliver a set of processes that, when working together, provide a system, repository, marketplace and enabling workflow process for managing deep renovation projects from inception to implementation. This paper presents a roadmap for an open renovation platform for managing and delivering deep renovation projects for residential buildings based on seven design principles. We illustrate a preliminary stepwise framework for applying the platform across the full-lifecycle of a deep renovation project. Based on this work, RINNO will develop a new open renovation software platform that will be implemented and evaluated at four pilot sites with varying construction, regulatory, market and climate contexts. Full article
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Possibilities of BIM-FM for the Management of COVID in Public Buildings
by Rubén Muñoz Pavón, Antonio A. Arcos Alvarez and Marcos G. Alberti
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9974; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239974 - 28 Nov 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 49.7 million reported cases and over 1.2 million deaths globally confirmed deaths at the time of writing, demands global action to counteract this virus. It is widely accepted that COVID-19 is a long-term pandemic that will require [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 49.7 million reported cases and over 1.2 million deaths globally confirmed deaths at the time of writing, demands global action to counteract this virus. It is widely accepted that COVID-19 is a long-term pandemic that will require a constant and innovative range of mitigation approaches to protect public health. This paper provides infrastructure facility management (FM) systems based on Building Information Modeling (BIM) to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 infections indoors. Although there are several factors for dealing with COVID-19, the sole focus of this project is to reduce crowding and facilitate social distancing between occupants. The significance of this research relies on the use of mathematical methods, BIM, programming as well as FM tools and databases to achieve safer management of large and populated public buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The infrastructure management example refers to the Civil Engineering School at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. It is based on mathematical applications to find the paths of people paths inside the infrastructure and is synchronized with in-house developed software and the Internet domain as source and input data. Full article
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