An industry foundation classes (IFC) web-based approach and platform for bi-drectional conversion of structural analysis models

Xiao Yang Zhang, Zhen Zhong Hu, Heng Wei Wang, Mohamad Kassem

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Abstract

Projects in the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry involve several organizations and practitioners who are required to share a very diverse set of information and models. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and open standards, such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), have made substantial progress in improving the interoperability in recent years. However, inadequate interoperability is still inflicting an economic burden and is considered to be one of the main limiting factors for BIM adoption. This paper presents an IFC and Web-based approach and tool that enable a bi-directional conversion among structural analysis models. The approach consists of an IFC-based unified information model and a number of algorithms that help overcome the differences between the data structures and representation logics of different structural analysis technologies. A web-based platform that utilizes WebGL was developed to enable the sharing and converting of different building models. In a live case study, the testing of the approach and the platform developed demonstrated consistency in the conversion process and stability and rendering quality in the display of models over the Web browser.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
EditorsR. Raymond Issa, Ian Flood
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages390-397
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413616
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Orlando, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period23/06/1425/06/14

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