An automated solution for importing critical assets information into BIM 3D Model


Facility managers or facility management firms usually painstakingly and manually import building critical assets information from assets information requirements (AIR) to a building 3D model. Unfortunately, such practice requires a lot of resources, manpower, time, energy, material, etc., to deliver the required usefulness – Quantity of quality that serves the function needed without compromising safety. Thus, value delivery is compromised for all stakeholders involved. There are many times that there are many errors in the imported critical assets information, further compromising value delivery for all stakeholders involved. This project aims to identify the root cause of the deficiency in value delivery and use digital solutions to optimise the process of value delivery. Specifically, the project aims to develop an automated solution that can reduce the time and potentially manpower and energy required to import a building critical assets information from an automated AIR generator, previously developed by the authors, to a building 3D model with no error. The proposed automated solution was developed using Python Scripting in Dynamo for Revit and experimentally tested for the required efficiency and effectiveness. The developed automated solution provided a 99% time reduction over the manual method currently adopted in the digital facility management industry with zero error in the importation of the critical assets information. The findings also show no limitation to the number of building critical assets and their information that one person can do. The resources saved due to the developed automated can be deployed to other projects to deliver more value instead of focusing on one project for several months or more.  The developed automated solution can aid the achievement of high value-oriented productivity in the facility management industry.

Keywords: Asset Information Requirements (AIR), Digital Facility Management, Productivity, Dynamo, Building Information Modelling

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Cite as: “Ng HM and Fadeyi MO (2021). An automated solution for importing critical assets information into BIM 3D Model. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #05. ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

Published by Moshood Olawale Fadeyi

Dr. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is a sustainable building professor with specialisation in sustainable building value delivery education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He is also an architect, an indoor air quality expert, a chartered engineer (UK) – building services, a chartered construction manager (UK), a cartoonist, and a specialist adult educator. He holds four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Indoor Environment and Energy from the National University of Singapore and the Technical University of Denmark. He is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air-conditioning Engineers. He is well suited for architecture, interior design, building science, and architectural/building services engineering education. He has experience and expertise in developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to make students job-ready upon graduation. He is currently researching to develop an understanding that provides direction for educating learners on how to solve sustainable building value delivery problems. He engages in research for education because he wants to contribute to the human empowerment needed to improve industry practice and healthy living. Under the sustainable building value delivery theme, he focuses on indoor air quality value delivery and value-oriented productivity in sustainable building design, construction, and management practices. His research for education effort is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, and storytelling. He has published more than 200 applied learning, discovery research, and literature review articles and creative works (fine art and creative writing) to develop an understanding of solving sustainable building value delivery problems. Companies and government agencies highly seek his expertise and leadership skills. He is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – a creative and applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality, with audiences from over 100 countries. He is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore – Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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