Integration of Virtual Reality Applications with BIM for Facilitating Real Time Bill of Quantities during Design Phases: A Proof of Concept Study

Davidson, Jordan, Fowler, John, Pantazis, Charalampos, Sannino, Massimo, Walker, Jordan, Sheikhkoshkar, Moslem and Rahimian, Farzad Pour (2019) Integration of Virtual Reality Applications with BIM for Facilitating Real Time Bill of Quantities during Design Phases: A Proof of Concept Study. Frontiers of Engineering Management. ISSN 2096-0255 (In Press)

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Abstract

As time goes on and building practices change, procedures that at one point seemed indispensable can fall by the wayside. One such example is the bill of quantities (B/Q). Research into the extant literature attributes declining use of B/Qs to a multitude of reasons, such as its complexity and potentially drawn-out time to produce, non-traditional procurement systems growing in popularity and the challenge of using its information in a construction schedule. With these issues in mind, a combined process of Building Information Modelling (BIM), Virtual Reality (VR) and including the client in the design process has been proposed as a potential solution. Following a literature review and precedent study, an experiment was carried out using this new process to simulate a client’s design decisions on window and interior furnishings, specifically. Their choices made using VR automatically updated a B/Q Revit Schedule and allowed the client to have a firm grasp on the project costs. Not only did this process give the client more confidence in a pleasing final outcome, but the technology ensured an up-to-date, accurate and easily understood B/Q. Here lies great potential savings in cost, time and gives the B/Q a newfound importance in future construction processes. The research case presented in this paper was a stepping stone in exploring new opportunities offered by VR and BIM and how they could improve the reliability and accuracy of traditional procurement within construction, specifically within the B/Q document.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual reality, Bill of Quantities, BIM, Revit, Real-Time Synchronisation
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 14:01
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 10:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38668

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