Real-Time Building Information Modeling (BIM) Synchronization Using Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Cloud Computing System

Document Type: Research Paper

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, KKTC, Via 10 Mersin, Turkey

Abstract

The online observation of a construction site and processes bears significant advantage to all business sector. BIM is the combination of a 3D model of the project and a project-planning program which improves the project planning model by up to 6D (Adding Time, Cost and Material Information dimensions to the model). RFID technology is an appropriate information synchronization tool between the real and virtual world of BIM. Also, the use of cloud storage and computing system, would bring about outstanding data access capabilities to the constructors as well as other project participants.
The accurate prediction power that BIM brings to construction management and real-time status update, while utilizing the RFID technology, would greatly influence the efficiency of automated project management and post construction life-cycle maintenance. Meanwhile, cloud system will facilitate broad data transaction capabilities with the project. Hence, these integrations would enhance construction management by improving the data communication speed, real-time construction site control process and Human Resource Management as well. This paper introduces and evaluates a framework, which integrates Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for real-time, mobile construction-site monitoring through a virtual model (BIM) and cloud data sharing as well as for processing activities. A case study has been carried out in the construction site of a new dormitory in Eastern Mediterranean University to examine different feasibilities and limitations of the framework.

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