Model server enabled management of collaborative changes in building information models

Shafiq, Muhammad Tariq, Matthews, Jane, Lockley, Steve and Love, Peter E.D. (2018) Model server enabled management of collaborative changes in building information models. Frontiers of Engineering Management, 5 (3). pp. 298-306. ISSN 2095-7513

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2018009

Abstract

The issues and challenges involved in controlling the collaborative changes in a Building Information Modeling (BIM) data repository, in a multi-model collaboration environment, are discussed. It is suggested that managing iterative changes in BIMs is a database problem, exacerbated by the long transaction times needed to support collaborative design progression. This is yet to be resolved in the construction industry and better solutions are needed to support the underlying workflows and computing operations for seamless collaboration on BIMs. With this in mind, this paper proposes the use of the structural and semantic characteristics of BIM objects as a mechanism for tracking changes across co-developed solutions. The creation of object signatures, using hash codes derived from their characteristics, provides a potential mechanism for object comparison and effective change recognition and management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: building information models, collaboration, IFC, change management, model-servers
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 12:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 13:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38038

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