Process Optimisation for BIM-supported Sustainable Design

Project Description

The aim of the project is to develop strategies for the design of time and cost efficient, BIM-supported planning processes. Together with BIM software manufacturers as business partners, the state-of-the-art in the field of BIM-supported planning will be analyzed and optimized. In this way, tailor-made strategic optimisation concepts for the interdisciplinary planning process can be worked out for the individual BIM tools.

In addition to the three institutes of the Faculties of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Spatial Planning and Mechanical Engineering and Management Sciences, seven BIM software developers and distributors participated in the project. The objective of the project was the empirical investigation and evaluation of BIM-supported planning by means of an experimental study. This study was carried out as an interdisciplinary course for the winter semesters 2012/13; 2013/14 and 2014/15, with students of architecture, civil engineering and the university course Master of Building Science. The interdisciplinary and interfaculty course (LV) "Interdisciplinary BIM-supported Planning Concepts" was organized and supervised by the research partners, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Construction Process Management (Faculty of Civil Engineering) and the Department of Building Physics (Faculty of Architecture). The collected data were accompanied and qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated by the research project partner Institute for Management Sciences (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering).

The research objectives were the evaluation of multidisciplinary collaboration using BIM tools to investigate whether and to what extent BIM tools support integral planning. To investigate the functionality of the BIM tools for the modelling requirements of the specific disciplines (architecture planning, static calculation, building physics simulations and calculations) as well as their interoperability for the data exchange between the participating disciplines.