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Ontology- and Freeware-Based Platform for Rapid Development of BIM Applications with Reasoning Support

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Zhiliang Ma and Zhe Liu

Ontology- and Freeware-Based Platform for Rapid Development of BIM Applications with Reasoning Support

Abstract: In the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) area, a remarkable tendency is to use the Building Information Modeling (BIM) data to carry out analysis and calculation based on rules specified in regulations or standards so that the BIM applications with reasoning support (BIM-R applications) are necessary. The current way to develop BIM-R applications separately and represent rules by coding or in proprietary formats has the problems of both cost and efficiency. To solve the problems, a new way is proposed, i.e. to use a platform for rapid development of BIM-R applications (BIM-R platform) implemented based on ontology and freeware components. The research establishes 1) the functional requirements of the BIM-R platform, 2) the mechanism to transform BIM data into ontology data, and 3) the architecture of the BIM-R platform, and selects freeware components to be used. A platform is implemented accordingly and applied to develop a prototype BIM-R application for as-bid cost estimation of buildings for verification. The proposed platform can help reduce cost and improve efficiency for the development of BIM-R applications and can be used by both researchers and developers.

Keywords: BIM (Building Information Modeling), Reasoning, Rapid Development Platform, Ontology, Freeware

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0330

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