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HKUST A financial decision making framework for construction projects based on 5D building information modeling (BIM) Journal 12/2015 Lu, Q., Won, J., and Cheng, J.C.P. Analyzing cash flows and undertaking project financing are important for contractors in managing construction projects. Traditional methods for cash flow analysis are based on the manual integration of time and cost information. However, the manual integration process can be automated by using five-dimensional building information modeling (5D BIM). Previous studies on 5D BIM have focused on estimating cash outflow rather than cash inflow analysis and project financing. This paper proposes a BIM-based methodology framework for cash flow analysis and project financing. The framework considers contract types and retainage to estimate cash inflow, and cash outflow patterns for equipment, manpower, and materials in order to more accurately measure cash outflow. Project financing scenarios can also be evaluated using the framework. Illustrative examples are demonstrated to validate the proposed framework by considering two what-if scenarios. Results show that the framework can help contractors analyze the cash flow and make appropriate decisions for different design and payment scheme alternatives in construction projects. Link
HKUST Developing a Building Information Modeling Framework for Infrastructure Facility Management FYP 06/2015 LO Tsz Fung
TAM, Siu-hung
There is a global trend of green buildings in recent years. The BEAM Plus green building standard developed by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) in 2009 has certified over 200 projects in Hong Kong. Green buildings have utilized various design features and operation technologies to reduce energy, waste and water consumption, improve indoor environmental quality and increase building performance.

Facilities Management (FM) is the total management of all services that support the core businesses of an organization in a building. Nowadays, the design and structure of buildings are getting increasingly sophisticated and the need for specialization in management and maintaining them at high quality is vital. Facility managers have to acquire, integrate, edit, and update diverse facility information ranging from building elements, data, operational costs, room allocation, contract types, to maintenance. However, FM professionals have to face challenges resulting in cost and time related to productivity, efficiency and effectiveness losses. Building Information Modeling (BIM) seeks to integrate building lifecycle, provide improvements and help to overcome such those challenges.

Thus, the aims of this project is to explore how BIM can contribute to and improve the FM profession and develop a BIM-based framework that facilitates the facility operations and management process of civil infrastructure facilities. To explore the technical feasibility of the proposed approach, It aim the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Jockey Club Institute for Advance Study (IAS) as a target to implement and test, which is one of the world’s leading centers of research and intellectual inquiry, aiming to drive major advances and discoveries with its inter-disciplinary research locally and worldwide and establish itself as an international centre for excellence. For this purpose, the FM’s key tasks for indoor environmental quality improvement of green building features are identified and evaluated and a BIM model for the IAS building is developed and experimented by the FM tasks. As a result, such simulation helps shaping the vision, direction and policy for future energy and aviation systems.
HKUST Analysis and Evaluation of Green Building Features Using Building Information Modeling FYP 06/2015 LO Lok
Kwok Hoi Ling Helen
The number of green buildings is growing rapidly worldwide and the construction of green building can be facilitated by Building Information Modeling (BIM), which also becomes popular in recent years. At the same time, increasing number of new and current buildings are getting certified as green buildings by energy codes.

The project aims to study the green features of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) building as it is designed to reduce energy consumption with daylighting. Lighting and space cooling are the two major annual electric consumption by while spacing heating is the major annual fuel end use. The energy simulation results reveal that similar simulation engine generates similar results.

Alternative designs are created to further improve the energy saving efficiency of the IAS building and are compared with the original IAS building. The best orientation for the IAS building is to be rotated 150o clockwise from the original position. The building should also have occupancy and daylighting sensors and controls installed. The curtain walls should be replaced by translucent wall panels (U-0.10, SHGC 0.06, Tvis 0.04). The results agrees with the potential energy chart which indicates window glass as the building features that has the greatest energy saving potential. It is recommended that to modify the IAS building with all three aspects to maximize energy reduction.

LEED and BEAM Plus Compliance are checked with alternative designs. Only the case with the IAS building model having translucent wall panels (U-0.10, SHGC 0.06, Tvis 0.04) and the combined case earn LEED EA 1 credits; whereas all cases mentioned above are eligible for BEAM Plus Section 4.1 EU 1 credits.
HKUST A state-of-the-art review on the integration of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information system (GIS) Journal 02/2017 Liu, X., Wang, X., Wright, G., Cheng, J.C.P., Li, X., and Liu, R. The integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information System (GIS) has been identified as a promising but challenging topic to transform information towards the generation of knowledge and intelligence. Achievement of integrating these two concepts and enabling technologies will have a significant impact on solving problems in the civil, building and infrastructure sectors. However, since GIS and BIM were originally developed for different purposes, numerous challenges are being encountered for the integration. To better understand these two different domains, this paper reviews the development and dissimilarities of GIS and BIM, the existing integration methods, and investigates their potential in various applications. This study shows that the integration methods are developed for various reasons and aim to solve different problems. The parameters influencing the choice can be summarized and named as “EEEF” criteria: effectiveness, extensibility, effort, and flexibility. Compared with other methods, semantic web technologies provide a promising and generalized integration solution. However, the biggest challenges of this method are the large efforts required at early stage and the isolated development of ontologies within one particular domain. The isolation problem also applies to other methods. Therefore, openness is the key of the success of BIM and GIS integration. Link
HKUST BIM-based Daylighting and Energy Analysis on the HKUST Campus Report 06/2018 LIU, KING HB
WANG Xiaohan
William Yat Tang FUNG
With the acceleration of urbanization, the building energy consumption in China accounts for 20% of the total energy consumption, of which the depleting of residential energy accounts for 60.3%. A residential building-hall 6 in HKUST campus is chosen and energy consumption and daylighting is analyzed and optimized. After literature review and learning the advantages, disadvantages and application of different software about energy analysis, I choose some BIM-related software to conduct energy and daylight analysis and consumption, such as Autodesk Revit, eQUEST and Insight 360 based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).

For energy analysis, annual energy consumption is 795.2 mWh and half of it is space cooling.In our analysis, the illuminance levels of the building are 52% and 68% at 9 am and 3 pm respectively, which exceed the passing criteria, so daylighting of this residential building can meet the LEED requirement. The results in this project are useful for both building energy conversation and creating a comfortable living environment in future.
HKUST Developing a Building Information Modeling Framework for Infrastructure Facility Management FYP 06/2016 LI, Kang
TANG, Chung Hin
Building information modeling (BIM) aims to facilitate information management and collaboration among stakeholders in different domains over the building facility life cycle. In a BIM model, each building component has its properties, information, and semantics. Modifications performed in one view will be reflected in all perspectives. BIM models are increasingly used in the building industry as an object-based information hub for storing, integrating and managing building information in different aspects throughout the design, construction, and maintenance operations. However, the applications of BIM for civil infrastructures are still immature and uncommon. This project aims to develop a BIM-based framework that facilitates the facility operation and management process of civil infrastructure facilities. In this project, the information requirement and facility management process will be studied and summarized. A semantic data model and system framework for infrastructure facility management will then be developed. The developed framework will finally be illustrated and validated in case scenarios. N.A.