Synchronous Building Information Model-Based Collaboration in the Cloud: A Proposed Low Cost IT Platform and a Case Study

J. Munkley, Mohamad Kassem, Nashwan Dawood

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    Abstract

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies and processes enable different implementation levels or use stages with varying degree of integration (e.g. file-based collaboration, model-based collaboration). While there is no general agreement on the terminology to denote such levels or use stages, file-based collaboration and model-based collaboration - often called also integrated BIM - are the two levels being investigated in both academic research and industry applications. In file-based collaboration, project participants from a supply chain produce federated BIM models that are merged together for specialized purposes (e.g. design coordination) only at specific project lifecycle phases. In model-based collaboration, all participants work on a synchronized central model that is integrated and can be shared among them at project phase. Model-based collaboration represents a significant paradigm shift in industry practices. In recent years, much of the research in both BIM technologies and processes has been focused on BIM file-based collaboration. This research proposes a low cost IT platform that enables BIM model-based collaboration and a real world case study. The proposed platform and benefits and the challenges from working in this environment are discussed in this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
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    Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2014
    Event2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 23 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

    Conference

    Conference2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
    CountryUnited States
    CityOrlando
    Period23/06/1425/06/14

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    Munkley, J., Kassem, M., & Dawood, N. (2014). Synchronous Building Information Model-Based Collaboration in the Cloud: A Proposed Low Cost IT Platform and a Case Study. Paper presented at 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Orlando, United States. https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413616.012