IFC concepts in the execution phase of conventional tunneling projects

Marco Huymajer, Galina Peskalova, Robert Wenighofer, Christian Huemer, Alexandra Mazak-Huemer

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The documentation process of conventional tunneling projects is time-consuming and costly. Building Information Modeling (BIM) has enabled substantial productivity gains in the Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC) sector. However, BIM has only been marginally adopted in the execution phase of conventional tunneling projects. For this purpose, we propose a BIM model that facilitates fully digital and automated data exchange between project stakeholders. We use the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) as a basis and identify concepts potentially useful to represent data from the execution phase of construction projects. We demonstrate how IFC concepts are utilized to represent a shift report of a conventional tunneling project. Thereby, we deliver a reference model as an implementation guide for software developers in this domain. This may serve as a blueprint for handling construction management data in a machine-readable format, laying the foundations for Big Open BIM in the execution phase of construction projects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105368
Number of pages13
JournalTunnelling and Underground Space Technology
Issue numberJanuary
Early online date3 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

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  • Building Information Modeling
  • Tunneling
  • Industry Foundation Classes

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