Building product suggestions for a BIM model based on rule sets and a semantic reasoning engine

Gonçal Costa, Pieter Pauwels

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The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry today relies on different information systems and computational tools built to support and assist in the building design and construction. However, these systems and tools typically provide this support in isolation from each other. A good combination of these systems and tools is beneficial for a better coordination and information management. Semantic web technologies and a Linked Data approach can be used to fulfil this aim. In this paper, we indicate how these technologies can be applied for one particular objective, namely to check a building information model (BIM) and make suggestions for that model regarding the building elements. These suggestions are based on information obtained from different data sources, including a BIM model, regulations and catalogues of locally available building components. In this paper, we briefly discuss the results obtained in the application of this approach in a case study based on structural safety requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd CIB W78 Conference on Information Technology in Construction
EditorsJakob Beetz, Léon van Berlo, Timo Hartmann, Robert Amor
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd International CIB W78 conference - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 27 Oct 201529 Oct 2015


Conference32nd International CIB W78 conference

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ugent:id 6890587 ugent:classification C1


  • Linked Data
  • Building Products
  • Rule checking
  • Regulations
  • Semantic Web


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