29 Oct 2015
It is well recognized that the management of information in the life-cycle of construction projects is often inefficient and error prone. The use of a Building Information Model (BIM) and Systems Engineering ontologies provide solutions for specific Information Management problems.

In projects where the Systems Engineering methodology is applied, breakdown structures are defined that provide an ontology in the building information. In the concept presented in this paper, based on the Dutch open-standard COINS, the building information is preserved in its ontology and an object type library is used over the life-cycle.

The BIM contains the Systems Engineering breakdowns, all required documents, physical representations of objects (models or GIS) and library references for all objects. It is used to store and transfer building information across the life-cycle stages. The benefits of the concept and a case-study are described.