Date Approved

5-27-2020

Embargo Period

5-28-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. Civil Engineering

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

First Advisor

Everett, Jess

Second Advisor

Riddell, William

Third Advisor

Cleary, Douglas

Subject(s)

Building information modeling

Disciplines

Civil Engineering | Construction Engineering and Management

Abstract

Building information modeling (BIM) refers to the process of creating a comprehensive three-dimensional (3D) model that allows for a seamless transition from design and construction to operation & maintenance during a building's lifecycle. While a majority of past research for building information modelling was focused on design and construction, research has shifted to operation, maintenance and renovation. This study investigates the feasibility of integrating BIM (Autodesk Revit) and facility management (BUILDER SMS). BUILDER SMS is currently used at the sponsor's facilities to encourage proactive maintenance and provide updated condition assessments. While both datasets have their own benefits, this study investigates the practicality of Revit and BUILDER SMS integration. To accomplish this, an integration workflow was developed, tested using a case study and the resulting integrated BIM model evaluated by a focus group. Of the integration methods evaluated, using an intermediate database linked by unique component identifiers was found to be the faster option, especially for frequent updates of the BIM model and BUILDER SMS database. The focus group was most interested in the visualization capabilities of data-rich BIM models, such as visual filtered views for condition assessments and the ability to view the BIM model on a tablet/mobile device.

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