Towards the Integration and Automation of the Design Process for Domestic Drinking-Water and Sewerage Systems with BIM

Edison Atencio, Pablo Araya, Francisco Oyarce, Rodrigo F. Herrera, Felipe Muñoz-La Rivera, Fidel Lozano-Galant

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Abstract

The use of building information modelling (BIM) in construction projects is expanding, and its usability throughout building lifecycles, from planning and construction to operation and maintenance, is gaining increasing proof. In the design of domestic drinking-water and sewerage systems (DDWSSs), BIM focuses on coordinating disciplines and their design. Despite studies promoting BIM environments for DDWSSs that take into account the regulatory frameworks of corresponding countries, these efforts do not include the use of parametric tools that enhance the efficiency of the design process. Therefore, engineers still use conventional 2D design, which requires many rounds of iteration, and manual work is also generally still used. In this research, we developed and validated an intuitive methodology for solving a specific DDWSS problem, using a design science research method (DSRM) as an applied science approach. This was addressed by developing an artefact and validating it through two case studies. The obtained solution combines BIM models and parametric tools to automate the manual activities of the traditional design method. This article aims to bring abstract BIM concepts into practice and encourage researchers and engineers to adopt BIM for DDWSSs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9063
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • automatisation
  • building information modelling (BIM)
  • domestic plumbing and sanitation
  • facilities design

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