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Special Issue on BIM-Integrated Life Cycle Assessment of Infrastructure

Special issue call for papers from Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

Guest editors

Prof. Xiangyu Wang ([email protected])
Dr. Peng Wu ([email protected])
Dr. Payam Rahnamayiezekavat ([email protected])


The way that the world has been using natural resources in the past has a significant impact on the environment - depleting natural resources, polluting the environment, causing global warming, raising sea levels, and endangering biodiversity. The infrastructure sector has large impact on the sustainable development of human society. For example, the transportation sector is one of the major contributors to the rising greenhouse gas emissions levels, accounting for about 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The environmental assessment of infrastructure projects are based on the life cycle assessment method originated from ISO 14040 (Environmental management – life cycle assessment: principles and framework) and ISO 14044 (Environmental management – life cycle assessment – requirements and guidelines). The LCA method has been widely adopted to evaluate the environmental performance of construction and infrastructure projects. However, it is found that the LCA method can be difficult to apply due to the large amount of inputs required.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of the project’s physical and functional characters. The capability of BIM in information delivery has been appreciated by the building and construction industry. By integrating life cycle assessment with BIM, the technology can assist clients, designers and other infrastructure stakeholders in evaluating and understanding the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects at the concept and preliminary design stage.

The special issue aims at exploring the recent advances in the development and implementation of BIM-integrated LCA in infrastructure projects at both theoretical and practical levels. Theoretical foundations, case studies, development and implementation of BIM-integrated LCA techniques and tools are welcome.
The topics of this special issue include but are not limited to:

Methodology development in BIM-Integrated LCA
BIM-Integrated LCA tools
BIM-Integrated Carbon Footprint Analysis
BIM-Integrated Waste Management
BIM-Integrated Environmental Management
BIM-Integrated Supply Chain Management
BIM and Life Cycle Thinking
International BIM-Integrated LCA Case Studies
Computer Simulation of Operation and End-of-life phases
Offshore Oil and Gas: Environmental Impacts Monitoring through BIM

Submission Guidlines

Authors are invited to submit an abstract for a journal paper in this special issue of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. Authors should send an abstract to the guest editor: Prof. Xiangyu Wang by 30th June 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors and authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit of full research paper. Papers submitted must have not been published previously or under consideration for publication. Manuscripts should be submitted online at: All submissions will be peer-reviewed following the double-blind review process.

Important dates

Call for Abstracts issued: 23th April 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: 30th June 2015
Accepted abstracts notified: 10th July 2015
Full paper due: 10th December 2015
Decision with full paper: 10th March 2015
Revised paper due: 20th April 2015
Publication: Mid to Late 2016