Veerasak Likhitruangsilp1 and Kanokwan Ruangpin2

1) Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
2) Master student, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract: Building information modeling (BIM) is a modern information technology tool that is used for managing construction projects worldwide. BIM can be used to present a three-dimensional model of constructed facilities, plan construction works, estimate construction cost and time, as well as monitor and control the project. Many countries have developed standards and guidelines for implementing BIM in construction projects. Each standard or guideline was designed specifically for unique characteristics of construction practices in such country. Even though BIM has been adopted in the Thai construction industry for several years, the nation still does not have its own BIM standard or guideline. This paper investigates the implementation of BIM concepts in the design process of construction projects. It focuses on specifying important model elements of BIM design models, which are optimal for Thai construction practices. The preliminary factors and contents of BIM design model requirements were compiled from several sources such as the National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS), the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide by the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Group at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Singapore BIM. The adequacy and practicality of the preliminary model elements were reviewed by a group of experienced designers through in-depth interviews. The final version was verified by applying to the detailed design process of an actual high-rise building project. The results are a primary component for a comprehensive integration of BIM concepts in the building design process.

Keywords: Building information modeling (BIM), BIM standards and guidelines, BIM design model, BIM model element, BIM data requirements.

Bibliographical Reference:
Veerasak Likhitruangsilp and Kanokwan Ruangpin. “OPTIMAL ELEMENTS FOR BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM) DESIGN MODELS.” In Proceedings of International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics (ICCBEI 2015), 69. Tokyo, Japan, 2015.