ITcon Vol. 12, pg. 429-442, http://www.itcon.org/2007/28

Built environment data integration using nD modelling

submitted:December 2006
revised:August 2007
published:October 2007
editor(s):Froese T
authors:Yonghui Song, Dr.
Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, UK
email: Y.H.Song@Salford.ac.uk

Andy Hamilton
Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, UK
email: A.Hamilton@Salford.ac.uk

Hongxia Wang
Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, UK
email: H.Wang5@Salford.ac.uk
summary:Using n-Dimensional (nD) modelling techniques in the European Union funded IntelCities project (6.8 Million Euros, Framework 6 Integrated Project) the “Built environment Data Integration System” (BDIS) has been produced. BDIS combines building scale and urban scale data to give a holistic view of the built environment, and thus support the purchase and refurbishment of buildings. This paper will introduce BDIS and its sub systems for converting various spatial data sets into appropriate formats necessary for the integration of 2D geo-spatial data, 3D Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) building data and non-spatial data. This paper also shows, through examples and demonstration, that commercial services could be developed from BDIS. The benefit of this development would be the provision of the wide range of information necessary to support building projects through one system. Furthermore, based on the integrated nD-modeling database, holistic analysis of the project becomes possible. The system would support remote cooperative planning, analysis and decision-making by the design team. This paper also describes the software development of BDIS and in particular addresses integration issues.
keywords:geographic information systems (GIS), n-Dimensional modeling, relational database, data conversion, refurbishment, building survey, property development, urban regeneration
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citation:Song Y, Hamilton A and Wang H (2007). Built environment data integration using nD modelling, ITcon Vol. 12, pg. 429-442, http://www.itcon.org/2007/28