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Paper lc3-2017-274:
Automated IFC-Based Processes in the Construction Sector: A Method for Improving the Information Flow

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Claudio Mirarchi, Daniela Pasini, Alberto Pavan and Bruno Daniotti

Automated IFC-Based Processes in the Construction Sector: A Method for Improving the Information Flow

Abstract: One of the main challenges in the implementation of BIM-based processes concerns interoperability issues. In fact, even if IFC format is recognised as an ISO standard, different barriers and problems are often encountered in IFC adoption. Generally, obstacles are due to the difficulty of users in personalising import and export options of IFC formats in BIM authoring tools with the consequent possibility of information loss.The paper presents a method for improving the information flow, based on the connection of information stored in IFC files and in external databases through automated processes. Therefore, information concerning one single project can be stored in BIModels and linked to external sources or, conversely, referred from external databases to objects in BIModels.Benefits deriving from the adoption of the proposed solutions concern the limited size of BIModels, the possibility to store information not considered in the IFC schema, and the reduction of IT skills required to building operators for exchanging information in an interoperable way.

Keywords: Building Information Modelling, Sharing Data, Interoperability, IFC

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0274

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