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Institution Title Type Date Author(s) Abstract Link
HKUST Developing a BIM- and GIS-based Facility Management Framework for Underground Utilities Report 06/2017 Starry Xing LI
Nowadays there is a trend of integrating Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information System (GIS) to develop the construction projects, including the projects of underground utilities. Compared with BIM and GIS, traditional utility management has plenty of limitations. Traditional utility management keeps 2D CAD drawings, which are separated by utility type and lack of surrounding information. Besides, it is difficult to find the specific utility pipe in 2D drawings under special situation. The working sequence arrangement for those pipes are sometimes not effective.

This study aims to improve underground utility management in Hong Kong by using ArcGIS. The improvements consist of 3D visualization, querying and working sequence arrangement. 3D visualization of underground pipes and geological layers is created with reference to relevant Hong Kong standards and researches. Three cases are described to demonstrate the practical application of querying function. Working sequence of project in case 3 is analyzed through Excel.
HKUST A BIM-based Framework for Site Layout Optimization and Material Logistics Planning on Congested Construction Sites Thesis 08/2015 Srinath KUMAR Urban construction projects are characterized by the lack of available space on construction sites. Due to the confined nature of such sites, construction materials, equipment and manpower must be managed within the same area, leading to frequent conflicts. As a result, the construction site layout and material logistics plans should be carefully coordinated to ensure a seamless flow of materials, equipment and labor. Existing studies focus on developing systems to address construction site layout planning (CSLP) and material logistics planning (MLP). However, such systems fail to address the mutual impacts and inter-dependencies between the site layout and material logistics plans. Furthermore, existing systems suffer from a lack of automation and inability to address construction delays. Therefore, this research aims to develop a framework for planning the site layout and material logistics on construction sites making use of building information modeling (BIM) technology. BIM has been used in the construction industry for over a decade, but its use in construction planning is still limited to clash detection and 4D simulation. BIM models however, are rich information sources and can be used for construction site layout and material logistics planning as well.

This research presents an automated CSLP framework and a MLP framework that are developed based on BIM technology. The first framework utilizes information stored in BIM models to estimate the size, type and number of temporary facilities required by a construction project during different time intervals. By leveraging the functionality offered by the Autodesk Revit application programming interface (API), several of the computations are automated, significantly reducing manual effort. The second framework is designed to integrate material quantity information from BIM models with construction progress data and material delivery information. This framework coordinates material logistics along with the site layout, giving special emphasis on responding to construction delays. The two frameworks together can be used to facilitate CSLP and MLP on congested construction sites.
HKUST Trends and opportunities of BIM-GIS integration in the architecture, engineering and construction industry: A review from a spatio-temporal statistical perspective Journal 12/2017 Song, Y., Wang, X., Tan, Y., Wu, P., Sutrisna, M., Cheng, J.C.P., et al. The integration of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information system (GIS) in construction management is a new and fast developing trend in recent years, from research to industrial practice. BIM has advantages on rich geometric and semantic information through the building life cycle, while GIS is a broad field covering geovisualization-based decision making and geospatial modelling. However, most current studies of BIM-GIS integration focus on the integration techniques but lack theories and methods for further data analysis and mathematic modelling. This paper reviews the applications and discusses future trends of BIM-GIS integration in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry based on the studies of 96 high-quality research articles from a spatio-temporal statistical perspective. The analysis of these applications helps reveal the evolution progress of BIM-GIS integration. Results show that the utilization of BIM-GIS integration in the AEC industry requires systematic theories beyond integration technologies and deep applications of mathematical modeling methods, including spatio-temporal statistical modeling in GIS and 4D/nD BIM simulation and management. Opportunities of BIM-GIS integration are outlined as three hypotheses in the AEC industry for future research on the in-depth integration of BIM and GIS. BIM-GIS integration hypotheses enable more comprehensive applications through the life cycle of AEC projects. Link
HKUST Analysis and Evaluation of Indoor Ventilation and Energy Consumption Using Building Information Modeling Report 06/2017 SONG Wenyi
Qiushi WANG
This project used Building Information Modeling (BIM) and BIM compatible software, Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD), to analyze the indoor environmental quality of the current UG Hall VII building in HKUST under mechanical and natural ventilation. The results obtained from the software analysis were used for evaluating the indoor environment with green building standard BEAM Plus EB Ver. 2 Selective Scheme. Indoor environmental quality analysis and energy analysis on different air-conditioner usage scenarios and modified air-conditioning system were also conducted to investigate whether any modifications could give rise to the indoor environment that able to reach BEAM Plus standard while reducing energy consumption. We founded that turning on one air-conditioner in only one bedroom in a suite could achieve favourable indoor environment while reducing half of the energy usage on cooling. Also, changing the air-conditioning system from window-type air-conditioners to centralized system could also lower energy consumption on cooling while keeping a comfortable indoor environment. N.A.
HKUST Risk Management in BIM Projects Report 06/2020 SIO Wai Lam
The objectives of the project are to identify the risks with high risk level and mitigation with higher effectiveness in BIM industry. The survey was conducted to collect the data of risks and mitigations adopted by different groups of people. Overall analysis, by-group analysis and cross-group analysis were performed.

Thus, the risks were analyzed and discussed with two approaches - level of consequence and level of probability. The level of risk was identified combining these two approaches. The assumption and resolution of identified risks were discussed. Mitigation strategies with higher appropriateness were identified and relevant comments were made.

It is found that the level of risk of C6 (Poor participation / contribution from project team in BIM adoption) and M1 (Lack of adequate expertise in BIM) are extreme, and are very high for risk T6 (Design conflict / clashes in BIM was not revealed / unresolved), C1 (Unclear requirements (e.g. EIR / AIR / contract) of BIM uses and specifications), C2 (Unclear roles, responsibility and liability in BIM implementation). As for mitigation strategy, it is found that mitigation #1 (Clear Employer’s Information Requirement) and #11 (BIM Education for Project Team) were mitigation strategies with the 1st and 2nd ranking in appropriateness/effectiveness. Mitigation can minimize risk C6, and mitigation #11 helps to mitigate risk M1.
HKUST BIM-based Daylighting and Energy Analysis on the HKUST Campus Report 06/2019 Quazi Samira Rahman Building Information Modelling (BIM) based simulation models have been consistently used to automate prolonged building performance modelling processes such as thermal comfort assessment and energy analysis, enabling fast acquisition of results. Recent studies indicate that the demand for sustainable building facilities with minimal environmental impact is growing day by day. BIM is foreseen as a savior in terms of technology to unravel laborious engineering problems in a short span of time and analyse the conditions in a given space comprehensively as well as determine efficiency of built environment. This study presents how building information modelling can be utilized to address thermal comfort and energy efficiency in buildings in the operation phase, greatly contributing to achieving optimized solution. The study primarily deals with multi physical investigation on performance assured by ventilating system in supplying air quality and determining the potentials of comfort improvement and energy savings for the control of ventilation rate by proposing optimized method for relocating supply air duct. The focus of this thesis is limited to IAS lecture theatre at HKUST with respect to current set points for the supply air temperature. N.A.