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Paper w78-2011-Paper-159:
CLOUDBIM: MANAGEMENT OF BIM DATA IN A CLOUD COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

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T H Beach,Y Rezgui, O F Rana

CLOUDBIM: MANAGEMENT OF BIM DATA IN A CLOUD COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

Abstract: The construction industry is currently facing the challenge of managing and sustaining increasing volumes of data across supply chains and life-cycles, from concept design to decommissioning. This data is of a varying nature embedding various forms of sensitivities with potential commercial, legal, contractual, intellectual property rights, and confidentiality implications. This paper presents our work towards the development of a governance model, for managing and allowing the secure sharing of Building Information Model (BIM) data. Our governance model has been developed based on a process of industry consultation, through a series of workshops and focus group meetings, which has been undertaken in order to gather and understand the current barriers to BIM efforts within the construction industry. We then present a prototype implementation of our governance model, utilsing the Cloud Computing paradigm, which we believe offers unique advantages when applied to the management of BIM data. This prototype has been constructed using the open source CometCloud system from Rutgers University (USA) and has been developed with the goal of providing an open interface to allow data-transfer with third party tools. To demonstrate this we show our initial work in developing an application plugin for Google Sketchup to enable the intregration of industry tools into the CloudBIM system.

Keywords: BIM, Governance, Cloud Computing

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