Development of space database for automated building design review systems

Jin Kook Lee, Jaemin Lee, Yeon Suk Jeong, Hugo Sheward, Paola Sanguinetti, Sherif Abdelmohsen, Charles M. Eastman

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This paper presents the design and implementation of space database for developing automated building design review systems. We have developed a set of four software modules for reviewing different aspects of a specific building type - US Courthouses. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) provides the common building model schema from which these analyses are carried out. Space objects, like other BIM-building objects, can carry their information-rich space objects and space use semantics internally to the model; we have used instead external space database to an easily supported information base. We describe the problem of space database, how space objects can be automatically organized and classified within BIM systems based on their space database, and our reflection on best practices learned from application development. All the research and development features noted in this paper are implemented in a software plug-in module that constitutes a subset of other pre-processing operations and design review systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-212
Number of pages10
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper is based on a research project supported by the contract from the BIM Initiative Program, Office of Chief Architect, United States General Services Administration (GSA). The project has been funded since 2006, and still ongoing under the supervision of Professor Charles M. Eastman at Georgia Tech. We wish to express our gratitude to the GSA and Solibri for their helpful cooperation for the research and implementation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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