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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2017: Third Conference of IBPSA-Italy


Data Transfer from BIM to Building Performance Simulation Tools: A Case Study

Mirjana Bucevac, Ulrich Pont, Sigrun Swoboda, Ardeshir Mahdavi

Abstract: Recent developments in building planning and delivery processes point to an increased deployment of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and corresponding tools in the AEC (Architecture-Engineering-Construction) domain. BIM is understood as the digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility that can offer a reliable informational basis for decision-making throughout a building’s life cycle in different domains. Given this context, the present contribution addresses data transfer from commonly used BIM-software environments and a specialized simulation tool for thermal bridge analysis in view of heat flow, surface temperatures, condensation, and mould growth risk. Interestingly, much of the input data required for such in-depth assessments is already available in basic design models. However, there is a paucity of related fully functional data transfer solutions. This paper documents and evaluates data transfer issues based on sample building details. The objective is thereby to support software developers toward a better integration of state-of-the-art assessment methods in building design.
Pages: 359 - 366