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HKUST Social BIMCloud: A distributed cloud-based BIM platform for object-based lifecycle information exchange Journal 03/2015 Das, M., Cheng, J.C.P., and Kumar, S. Background
The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry lacks a framework for capturing, managing, and exchanging project, product, and social information over the lifecycle of a building. The current tools have various limitations, such as lack of interoperability, slow to transfer huge building model files, and possibility of data inconsistency.

In this paper, we present a cloud-based BIM server framework namely Social BIMCloud that facilitates BIM information exchange through dynamic merging and splitting of building models. The data model of Social BIMCloud is based on but not limited to IFC. The data model of Social BIMCloud was further extended to accommodate social interactions, by studying the formal modes of communication in the AEC industry. An object-based approach to capture and manage social interactions in AEC projects through a BIM-based visual user interface was also developed and demonstrated.

Social BIMCloud addresses the issues of inefficient data transfer speed and data inconsistency in a distributed environment by facilitating the storage and partial exchange of integrated nD BIM models. Data interoperability is facilitated through open BIM standards such as IFC and direct integration with construction software. High performance, scalability, fault tolerance, and cost effectiveness are facilitated through data partitioning, data replication strategies, multi-node structures, and pay-per-use tariff systems, respectively, through a cloud-based NoSQL database.

The Social BIMCloud framework helps to develop and exchange BIM models, which are rich in project information such as social interactions, cost, and energy analyses. This framework improves the communication efficiency between project participants, leading to better designs and less rework. The information captured by this framework could also be useful to determine important metrics such as industry trends, relationships among project participants, and user requirements.
HKUST Study on BIM Project Execution Plan and BIM Uses in Comparison with PMBOK Report 06/2020 Ka Wing Ngan
Project successful strongly relies on PMBOK. Besides that, BIM is important because it is a powerful tool in delivery of BIM-based project. To implement BIM, BIM uses are defined based on project goals. To effective implement BIM as planned, BIM project execution plan (PXP) is necessary to control BIM. In the first section, this paper compares supporting infrastructure from BIM project execution plan (PXP) to PMBOK to find out the relationship. The categories of supporting infrastructure are BIM PXP overview, project information, key project contacts, project goals / BIM uses, organizational roles / staffing, BIM process design, BIM information exchanges, BIM and facility data requirement, collaboration procedures, quality control, technological infrastructure needs, model structure, project deliverables and delivery strategy / contract whereas PMBOK are integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, procurement and stakeholder management. From the investigation, it is found that risk and cost management is not obviously applied from the categories of supporting infrastructure. In the second section, this paper investigate the relationship of various BIM uses in terms of PMBOK. The considerable BIM uses are design authoring, design review, 3D coordination, cost estimation, phase planning (4D Modelling), digital fabrication and site utilization planning. It is also found that scope, communication and human resources management is not obviously applied from the selected BIM uses. In the third section, we recommend that for BIM PXP additional section including project cost management and BIM risk management should be included; and for BIM uses attention should be paid in drafting BIM PXP to support BIM uses and other BIM uses maybe considered. Manager may benefit from the relationship developed and recommendation in BIM implementation. N.A.
HKUST Study on Legal Aspects of BIM Projects Report 06/2020 Ka Cheong TANG
Tsz Yin CHOW
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an emerging technology applied in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. With the increase in the BIM application, some legal uncertainties have appeared and led to a high risk in legal aspects when adopting BIM in design and construction projects. It is vital that BIM users should be aware of the potential legal issues and develop suitable legal documents and contracts to prevent these issues from occurring. Within this context, a critical review on different cases associated with BIM is carried out in order to provide an overview of potential legal issues. Model copyright, right of BIM common data environment control and responsible control were discussed. Furthermore, three protocols and guidelines commissioned by the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore are compared and analyzed. BIM Protocol published by Construction Industry Council of the United Kingdom is suggested as the most comprehensive and structured protocol in the analysis. Recommendations on the aspects of BIM cyber security, practical completion and contractors’ perspective are made to Hong Kong AEC professional institutes to commission a suitable and comprehensive protocol for the local industry. N.A.
HKU The Application of Historic Building Information Modeling (HBIM) in Hong Kong Thesis 04/2016 CHAN Tsz Ho -- N.A.
HKU The Determinants of Information Technology Applications in Retail under the Context of Shopping Malls in Hong Kong Thesis 04/2018 KAM Oi Man -- N.A.
HKU The Empirical Study of the Challenges and Barriers of Adoption of Building Information Model (BIM) in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry in Hong Kong Thesis 04/2013 CHUNG Man Sheung -- N.A.