Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a concept which has arisen to address the management and interoperability of the data exchanged between different computer aided tools employed at different stages the BLC, including design, construction, commissioning, operation, refurbishment and demolition.
Energy consumption over the whole Building Life Cycle (BLC) is difficult to monitor and predict due to the complexity of the processes involved. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a concept which has arisen to address the management and interoperability of the data exchanged between different computer aided tools employed at different stages the BLC, including design, construction, commissioning, operation, refurbishment and demolition. BIM therefore plays a key role in all aspects of energy management across the BLC.
The W3C Data Activity makes use of Linked Data distributed across the web, and which is supported by tools to easily query that data. By integrating BIM into the wider web of data, building information can be queried alongside all other Linked Open Data (LOD) sources, which include data on materials and systems (e.g. sensor and state of building devices data) which make up the building, profiles of occupants, and information about weather patterns and regional and global energy prices. The objective of the SWIMing project has been the creation of a cluster around the use of LOD for BIM that supports Building Life Cycle Energy Management (BLCEM) tasks, overcoming the barriers set by multiple stakeholders, different scopes and conflicting needs. To achieve this, SWIMing addressed 3 key objectives:
SWIMing outcomes have been in creating an open and sustainable global community of stakeholders in industry, research and standards, interested in the use of free, interlinked, and semantically interoperable BIM resources for BLCEM as well as a set of guidelines and best practices for integrating BIM resources into the LD cloud, as well as generating and exploiting LD-based BIM resources for BLCEM.
Learn more: http://www.swiming-project.eu/
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