The challenge nationally and internationally, is to develop sustainable buildings and cities. To do that requires continuous information about the real estate and city properties. The information needs to be collected, stored, processed, integrated, extracted, visualized and interpreted. The proposal of this paper, the Sustainable Urban Collaboration Hub, SUCH, is based on the experience and results from the BIM Collaboration Hub and the research in the EU project InPro. It is expanding the scope of both CIC, Computer Integrated Construction, and BIM by defining the architecture and concepts of the virtual world. The development of SUCH is taking place at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden.
With projects becoming more and more complex, and the focus changing from files to a multitude of objects, a need for BIM repositories or BIM servers will become a necessity for the ability to manage changes and consolidations/synchronizations of heterogeneous applications. In addition to heterogeneous applications the support of heterogeneous data models will be an additional requirement as the scope of the information management expands from the individual building to groups of buildings and also to the infrastructure and civil works in cities.
A BIM standard like IFC can manage snap-shots of the information, but to manage the whole life cycle, there is a need for a standard like PLCS, Product Life Cycle Support, which supports some critical business needs faced by companies as they seek to implement Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and other broad enterprise-based initiatives.
SUCH will extend the application of BIM to city blocks, cities and infrastructure. These domains have never had any sustainable support for data models and tools.
Rotterdam, 2013. 364-375 p.
CIB World Building Congress Construction and Society, Brisbane 5-9 May 2013