Guidance for performing automatic verification of building information modelling (BIM) files using Python

Abstract:

This technical note provides guidance on how python can be used to automate the process of verifying building information modelling (BIM) files. The research conducted and reported in this paper is a follow up to the Chua and Fadeyi (2021) study in which dynamo was used to perform automatic verification of BIM files. The guiding questions for this present study were: (i) Would the excel outputs from dynamo and python be the same? (ii) Can the use of python provide better customisation of the verification process and the derived building information than dynamo? Excel outputs from python and dynamo were found to be the same or similar when compared. For verification functions where the outputs are similar, python provided concise information needed better than the dynamo because of the better customisation benefits python provides. Python also provided better customisation of the process of doing the automatic verification. The automation verification benefits provided by python, like in dynamo, can significantly optimise the process and productivity of validating building information modelling (BIM) files.

Keywords: Building information modelling, Digital facility management, Productivity, Python, Computational thinking

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Cite as: “Low TW, Fadeyi MO, and Low MYH (2021). Guidance for performing automatic verification of building information modelling (BIM) files using Python. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #07 (Technical Note). ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

Published by Moshood Olawale Fadeyi

Assoc. Prof. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Building Value Delivery Education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. 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. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), cartoonist, and specialist adult educator. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is well suited for architecture, interior design, building science, and architectural/building services engineering education. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi has experience and expertise in developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to make students job-ready upon graduation. Since 2018, Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi focuses more on education. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's education practice includes research that aims to understand how students and industry professionals should be educated to develop the fundamental knowledge and skillsets for defining and solving a problem for value delivery instead of solving a problem that does not exist or providing a solution to a problem that exists. The theme of his education practice is sustainable building value delivery education. Under this theme, he has in-depth expertise in indoor air quality value delivery education and value-oriented productivity education (in sustainable design, construction, and facility management practices). Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's education practice is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, and storytelling. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi has published more than 200 applied learning, discovery research, and literature review articles and creative works (fine art and creative writing) contributing to applied learning pedagogy enhancement and scientific evidence on new knowledge. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – an applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality, with audiences from over 100 countries. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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