The Use of BIM and Sensing Technologies In Infrastructure Assets Performance Management

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Civil Engineering


With the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) mandated for all public infrastructure projects, many questions arise about how to make the most of the technology in relation not only to the design, but also to the operation of infrastructure assets. As sensors and connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) can provide access to near-real time conditioning data, through this project we will investigate how these technological advances can be leveraged to improve infrastructure management. In particular we are interested in exploring how they can be linked to BIM and emerging visualisation technologies such as Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) applications, in order to develop novel insights into infrastructure assets performance management. In summary, the key research questions can be seen as: - What are sustainable system architectures to link real time data feeds with BIM models given technological and design constraints (e.g. connectivity, data processing needs, power requirements, design code constraints etc.) - How can BIM be complemented with VR/AR technologies to improve understanding of relevant stakeholders by enhanced visualisations of sensing data - What are the potential impacts on the design process and the practice of infrastructure asset performance management in general (e.g. economic, operational/business process, social etc.)


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R51245X/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
1955606 Studentship EP/R51245X/1 01/11/2017 31/10/2021 David Nepomuceno