Exploring how information exchanges can be enhanced through Cloud BIM

Alan Redmond, Alan Hore, Mustafa Alshawi, Roger West
Automation in Construction, Volume 24, July 2012

Abstract

The properties of BIM are; parametric modelling providing tabular views of components and characteristic interaction with elements, for example if a pitch roof changes so do the walls and bi-directional co-ordination enabling virtual simulations of physical construction. However, the dilemma is how to share these properties of BIM applications on one single platform. Thus creating a service that would enable the end-user to use multiple of nDs such as, 3D (three dimensional modelling), 4D (time – programming), 5D (costing) and 6D (sustainability) actions asynchronously. The prospect of using remote data servers with web service applications provides a mechanism for exchanging data openly. The main exchange format for BIM files is Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs). However, the initial problem with IFCs is that they are not intended to store and carry all relevant data for all multi-featured construction processes. Furthermore, not all relevant data can be structured in a single super schema. This papers’ methodology focuses on the results of a semi-structured interview of 11 expert respondents, on using cloud computing as integration platform for BIM applications ‘Cloud BIM’. The proposed model is not to introduce a new schema in contrast to IFC but to harness the capability of IFC XML and or possibly engage with using Simplified Markup Language (SML) subsets of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) for exchanging partial data to design an integrated platform that would enhance the BIM usability experience for various disciplines in making key design decisions at a relatively early design stage.

STAFF PROFILE PRO-FORMA

Name: Mr. Alan Redmond

Department Role:  ‘Senior Lecturer’ – Science & Technology

Location: Chelmsford, Marconi Building 317
Telephone: 0845 196 3948
Email: [email protected]

Qualifications and Professional Body membership

PhD Candidate
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Member of the Chartered Institute of Building

Personal Profile / Teaching Experience

2010: Research University of Salford – A report for the Government Construction Client Group Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Party Strategy Paper

2009 – 2010: Construction IT Alliance (CITA) research – eBusiness & eTendering for SMEs, http://www.cita.ie/

2009 – 2010: Co-ordinator of CITAs / Dublin Institute of Technology Post Graduate Diploma Course in Construction Informatics

2009 – 2010: Guest lecturer – MSc Construction Economics & under graduate construction economics

2009 – 2010: Visiting academic (research) at University of Salford

2006 – 2009: Senior Quantity Surveyor Gardiner & Theobald

2010: Nominated for the Charles M. Eastman Top PhD Paper Award: Redmond, A., Hore, A.V., West, R.P. and Alshawi, M. (2010) ‘Building Support for Cloud Computing in the Irish Construction Industry’, CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference, Cairo, Eygpt, 16-18 November.

Research Interests

In reference to Staff research ‘Faculty of Science and Technology’

Sustainable Building Services and Sustainable architecture

  • Control strategies for energy efficient air conditioning and HVAC systems using contemporary simulation software and field measurements.
  • Modelling and simulation of building performance in the areas of energy consumption, carbon emissions, orientation and form of buildings.
  • Building design and environmental performance.

Sustainable communities

  • Facilitating sustainable life styles.
  • Use of new technologies e.g. virtual worlds for teaching and training.

Specific: Seismology, BIM and XML

Consultancy and other Professional Activity

Project Committee member of The National Institute of Building Sciences.

Publications

Redmond, A and Smith, B. (2011), ‘Exchanging Partial BIM Information through a Cloud-Based Service: testing the efficacy of a major innovation,’ Pending Publication, IBEA Conference, South Bank University, London, on the 8-9 October 2011.

Redmond, A et al. (2011), ‘Exploring How Information Exchanges can be Enhanced through Cloud BIM’ Automation in Construction Journal (pending).

Redmond, A., Hore, A.V., West, R.P., Underwood, J. and Alshawi, M. and (2011) “Developing a Cloud Integrated Life Cycle Costing Analysis Model Through BIM.” Computer Knowledge Building 2011 – The joint organization of CIB W078 and CIB W102 conferences in Sophia Antipolis, France, on the 26-28 October 2011.

Redmond, A., Hore, A.V., Alshawi, M., Underwood, J., and West, R.P. (2011) “Identifying Cost Savings for the UK Building Industry through Cloud, BIM and Open Standards.” COBRA 2011 – The Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors International Research Conference, 12-13 September 2011, University of Salford, UK.

Redmond, A., Underwood, J., Alshawi, M., Hore, A.V. and West, R.P. (2011) “The Future of ICT in the Construction Industry Through the Use of Cloud Computing,” COBRA 2011 – The Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors International Research Conference, 12-13 September 2011, University of Salford, UK.

Redmond, A., Hore, A.V., West, R.P. and Alshawi, M. (2010) ‘Building Support for Cloud Computing in the Irish Construction Industry’, CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference, Cairo, Eygpt, 16-18 November.

Hore, A.V. Redmond, A. and West, R.P. (2010) “Finding a Middleware ICT Solution for the Irish Construction SME Sector”, The Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA), Université, Paris-Dauphine, Paris, 2-3 September, RICS (2010) London UK.

Hore, A.V., Redmond, A. and West, R.P. (2010), “Development of a Cloud Web Collaborator for SMEs in the Irish Construction Industry,” 8th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, University of Cork, Ireland, 14-16 September, 2010, pp 139-144.

Hore, A.V., West, R.P. and Redmond, A. (2010), “Cloud Computing and its Application in the Irish Construction Industry”, 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, PennState University, 9-11 June, 2010, pp 446-455.

Hore, A.V., West, R.P. and Redmond, A. (2009), Creating a digital SME Community in the Irish Construction Industry, CIB W78 Conference Managing IT in Construction, October 1st – 3rd 2009, Istanbul, Turkey, pp 855-860.

Hore, A.V., West, R.P. and Redmond, A. (2009), The Future Scenario of Creating a digital SME Community in the Irish Construction Industry, CIB W78 Conference Managing IT in Construction, October 1st – 3rd 2009, Istanbul, Turkey, pp 121-130.

Hore, A.V., West, R.P. and Redmond, A. (2009), Creating a Software Marketplace for the SME Community in the Irish Construction Industry, The Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA), Cape Town 10-11 September, RICS (2009) publication, London UK.

 

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