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A BIM-based decision support system for the evaluation of holistic renovation scenarios

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SUMMARY: Future building renovation concerns sustainability within broader perspectives facilitated by holistic renovation scenarios. This paper builds upon previous work related to RE-VALUE research project on the development of “a hybrid Decision Support System (DSS)” for the generation of a countless number of holistic renovation scenarios. The research presented in this paper aims to integrate the outcome of using the DSS including optimal generating renovation scenarios, within the Revit BIM framework. This is performed by the integration, development, and demonstration of a plug-in for Autodesk Revit. Integration of the results of the use of DSS with Revit BIM has a potential to aid architects together with the other stakeholders (specially the non-experts such as owners) to develop holistic renovation scenarios during the early design stages and to make informed decisions in a shorter period with more significant impacts on the engineering aspects of the renovation projects. In addition, the updated result on the BIM model incorporating both the Hard (quantitative) and Soft (qualitative) criteria, can advantageously be used for visualization of renovation scenarios for non-architects, i.e. building occupants, encouraging them to accommodate holistic renovation scenarios. The outcome is verified through visualization and evaluation of optimal renovation scenarios for a dwelling in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Information Technology in Construction
Pages (from-to)354-380
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2018

    Research areas

  • BIM integration, Building information modelling, Decision support system, Holistic renovation scenario, Sustainable renovation

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