Automatic rule-based checking of building designs

C. Eastman, Jae min Lee, Yeon suk Jeong, Jin kook Lee

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This paper surveys rule checking systems that assess building designs according to various criteria. We examine five major industrial efforts in detail, all relying on IFC building models as input. The functional capabilities of a rule checking system are organized into four stages; these functional criteria provide a framework for comparisons of the five systems. The review assesses both the technology and structure of building design rule checking, as an assessment of this new emerging field. The development of rule checking systems for building is very young and only limited user experience is presented. The survey lays out a framework for considering research needed for this area to mature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-1033
Number of pages23
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation in Australia funded a project that included the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), University of Sydney, Building Commission Victoria, Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and Woods Bagot. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and State and Territory Government maintains and updates the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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