The application of BIM in volumetric construction

Amar Seeam, Tianxin Zheng, Yong Lu, Asif Usmani, David Laurenson

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The authors are collaborating with a manufacturer of custom built steel frame modular units which are then transported for rapid erection onsite (volumetric building system). As part of its strategy to develop modular housing, Enemetric, is taking the opportunity to develop intelligent buildings, integrating a wide range of sensors and control systems for optimising energy efficiency and monitoring structural health, while adopting a BIM approach throughout the design process through to construction and lifetime management. Furthermore, combining BIM with real-time monitoring of energy consumption and structural health with simulation techniques (dynamic thermal simulation, on-line structural assessment) a robust and intelligent solution for managing modern buildings can be developed.

Enemetric have recently been embracing BIM to improve workflow, in particular cost estimation to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and computer aided manufacture (CAM). By leveraging the existing data generated during the design phases, and projecting it to all other aspects of construction management, less errors are made and productivity is significantly increased. Enemetric may work on several buildings at once, and scheduling and priorities are important for effective workflow. The parametric nature of BIM is also very useful in terms of building management, whereby real-time data collection can be logically associated with individual components of the BIM stored in a local Building Management System, including structural health monitoring and environmental monitoring and control. BIM reuse is further employed in building simulation tools, to apply simulation assisted control strategies, in order to reduce energy consumption, and increase occupant comfort.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZEMCH 2012 International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings 20th-22nd August 2012, Glasgow, UK
EditorsMasa Noguchi
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
EventZEMCH 2012 International Conference - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Aug 201222 Aug 2012


ConferenceZEMCH 2012 International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • BIM
  • modular structure
  • volumetric construction
  • prefabrication


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