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Frontiers of Engineering Management

Front. Eng    2018, Vol. 5 Issue (3) : 298-306     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2018009
RESEARCH ARTICLE |
Model server enabled management of collaborative changes in building information models
Muhammad Tariq SHAFIQ1, Jane MATTHEWS2, Steve LOCKLEY3, Peter E.D. LOVE4()
1. Department of Architectural Engineering, University of the United Arab Emirates, UAE
2. Department of Construction Management, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia
3. Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Northumbria University, Northumbria, United Kingdom
4. Department of Civil Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia
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Abstract

The issues and challenges involved in controlling the collaborative changes in a Building Information Modeling (BIM) data repository, in a multi-model collaboration environment, are discussed. It is suggested that managing iterative changes in BIMs is a database problem, exacerbated by the long transaction times needed to support collaborative design progression. This is yet to be resolved in the construction industry and better solutions are needed to support the underlying workflows and computing operations for seamless collaboration on BIMs. With this in mind, this paper proposes the use of the structural and semantic characteristics of BIM objects as a mechanism for tracking changes across co-developed solutions. The creation of object signatures, using hash codes derived from their characteristics, provides a potential mechanism for object comparison and effective change recognition and management.

Keywords building information models      collaboration      IFC      change management      model-servers     
Corresponding Authors: Peter E.D. LOVE   
Just Accepted Date: 09 July 2018   Online First Date: 01 August 2018    Issue Date: 14 September 2018
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Muhammad Tariq SHAFIQ,Jane MATTHEWS,Steve LOCKLEY, et al. Model server enabled management of collaborative changes in building information models[J]. Front. Eng, 2018, 5(3): 298-306.
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Fig.1  Architecture of an ‘IFC model server’
Fig.2  Iterative cycle of data exchanges for model server enabled collaboration (Adapted from Liebich et al., 2010)
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