Nawari O. Nawari1, Adel Alsaffar2

1) Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE., Assoc. Prof., School of Architecture, University of Florida, School of Architecture, College of Design, Construction and Planning, Gainesville, FL 3261,USA.
2) Ph.D., LEED AP (BD+C), Assist. Prof., Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Kuwait University

Abstract: With the rapid adoption and increasing interest in Building Information Modeling (BIM) across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, the issues of data model standardization is becoming critical to the expansion of BIM application to various disciplines. The questions of level of details and interoperability as ways to exchange data and integrate various model-based applications into an effective work process have emerged to the forefront of the standardization process. The eventual objective of BIM standardization is to specify and capture all relevant data in the BIM model. Secondly, to allow for faultless data exchange between the various disciplines. BIM software authoring tools currently focus primarily on the conventional structural systems and are not yet satisfactory for modeling floating structures. Adaptive floating structures is an area that is increasingly drawing architects’ and engineers attentions as solutions for many problems in coastal development and the need to occupy more sea, ocean and river areas. Further design issues that are associated with floating structures solutions may include shoreline stabilization, hurricane response, alternative energy strategies, rainwater collection and utilization. This paper examines the existing environments of BIM tools in modeling floating structures and develop the functional requirements for model standardization and interoperability. The study focuses on advancing BIM standardization for designing and analyzing floating structures. Particularly, the study aims to address the Information Delivery Manual (IDM) and Model View Definitions (MVDs) as they provide the integrated reference for process and data requirement for designing floating structures. Thus, creates a proficient approach for coherent, organized, and reproducible exchange of consistent data that is typically recognized across the industry.

Keywords: BIM, BIM Standard, Floating Structure, Information Delivery Manual (IDM), Model View Definition (MVD), Industry Foundation Classes (IFC).

Bibliographical Reference:
Nawari O. Nawari and Adel Alsaffar. “ADVANCING BIM STANDARDIZATION: FLOATING STRUCTURES.” In Proceedings of International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics (ICCBEI 2015), 78. Tokyo, Japan, 2015.