A well documented BIM Project Execution guide will help ensure all parties are clearly aware of opportunities and responsibilities associated with the incorporation of BIM into a project workflow. This guide provides a structured procedure for creating and implementing a BIM Project Execution Plan. The goal for developing this structured procedure is to enable effective planning and enhance communication among the project participants during the early phases of a project. The Guide is included in the National BIM Standard - US (Version 3).
BIM Planning for Facility Owners (2011-2013)
The BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners outlines a procedure to create a strategy for integrating BIM throughout an owner organization. This guide, developed primarily for facility owners, focuses on the decisions required to define an organization's standard BIM processes and practices; design information integration strategies; and identify appropriate BIM contracting strategies. The Guide is included in the National BIM Standard - US (Version 3).
The Uses of BIM (2012-2014)
This work builds upon concepts within the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide and the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners. This document presents a system for the classification of the Uses of BIM. This classification system provides a common language for the Uses of Building Information Modeling (or BIM Uses) that can be leveraged to communicate the precise purpose and context of implementing BIM on a capital facility project.
Information Models developed within the early stages of a project can provide significant benefits within the construction process. This project outlines the different ways that models can be used within construction, and outlines an approach toward planning the adoption of modeling throughout the design and construction process.
dataArrows ifcMiner is a free tool developed to facilitate querying information in IFC models. It also contains a module for validating IFC models against related schemas.
Virtual Prototyping and Visualization
As we develop more model information about our facilities and campus environment, we are exploring better approaches to organize, store, retrieve and visualize this information. The Virtual Penn State project is focused on developing an interface to the facility information at the University Park Campus of Penn State, along with leveraging reality models of the campus to visualize this information.
The design and construction of facilities requires the conceptualization of complex systems and processes. While many industries have embraced rapid prototyping processes and technologies, the use of prototypes in the building industry remains in its infancy. Expensive scale models and mock-ups of building components are used to analyze design and construction. However, they represent only a single snapshot or configuration of the construction process. 3D and 4D computer aided design tools allow virtual models to be constructed, however they are typically challenging to manipulate and limited by small scale display for individual users.
Developing an Immersive Environments Lab (2001 - 2005)
The Immersive Environments Lab was developed to evaluate the impact of immersive virtual reality for education and project visualization. The Immersive Environments Lab has been used for many years to visualization projects. The initial development was a collaboration of the Architecture Department, Architectural Engineering Department, and Penn State Information Technology Services.
Energy and Sustainability
Project Delivery & Lean Construction
This project is about developing a guide for Lean Development Plan. The plan will help project teams apply Lean principles and practices throughout the project by embedding them into their project management processes. The plan is meant to be developed by the project team aiming at helping it through the steps of the planning procedure. The guide details the steps and provides template ressources.
Technology Enhanced Education
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