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BIM for Building Refurbishment and Maintenance


The editorial team at Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue on BIM for Building Refurbishment and Maintenance.


Introduction to the special issue theme

BIM is defined as a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility (buildingSMART alliance). It helps to streamline all the processes required for a building, infrastructure and its surroundings to be more operationally efficient for its owners throughout the lifecycle of the building. BIM technologies are not developed only for the design stage as can be observed in the majority of the current BIM applications. In this respect, the industry and clients are seeking evidence that justify the investment in this technology across all stages of the building's lifecycle, investment which is seen as the main barrier to its more widespread adoption within all industry sectors. Therefore, this special issue aims to focus on the research efforts of using BIM during the post-construction stage.


Special issue scope

Papers submitted should feature original research on Building Information Modelling, and suggested themes could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Virtual Enterprises for Building Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • Integration of Building Project-data and Geospatial-Data Systems 
  • Building Facility Management 
  • Interoperability & Data Standards for Building Refurbishment and Maintenance 
  • Modelling and visualization Ontologies for Building Refurbishment and Maintenance 
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Buildings
  • Energy efficiency with the integration of building management systems
  • Laser Scanning and Surveying applications for Building operations 
  • Lifecycle costing for Building Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • BIM and Supply Chain Management 
  • Knowledge Management System for Building Maintenance
  • Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications for Building performance
  • Cloud computing and building lifecycle


Key deadlines


1) Full paper submission - 5th January 2015. See author guidelines here.
2) Notification of paper acceptance - 31st May 2015.
3) Submission of final paper - 30th June 2015.


Want to know more?

For further information, please contact the Guest Editor as follows:

Dr. Ibrahim A. Motawa
School of the Built Environment 
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS