The development of an IFC‐based lifecycle costing prototype tool for building construction and maintenance: Integrating lifecycle costing to nD modelling

Fu, Changfeng, Kaya, Sezgin, Kagioglou, Mike and Aouad, Ghassan (2007) The development of an IFC‐based lifecycle costing prototype tool for building construction and maintenance: Integrating lifecycle costing to nD modelling. Construction Innovation, 7 (1). pp. 85-98. ISSN 1471-4175

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Abstract

Life-cycle costing (LCC) plays a very important role in the cost estimation and control of a building project. Although a number of LCC software tools have been developed in various CAD systems, the LCC applications based on interoperable data models, which can enhance comprehensive use of design information and historical data generated in various CAD systems, is still rare. The development presented in this paper focuses on interoperability issues in IT-based LCC applications and on improving LCC decision-making based on cost performances of various options of constructing techniques and materials, excluding energy calculations This is a part of the pilot studies of the nD modelling project, which aims to explore a series of IT-based multi-disciplinary building design and analysis applications that are associated with an integrated model through an interoperable data standard – Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). The LCC tool is fully compliant to the system architecture of the nD modelling tool, and is based on the integrated nD modelling interfaces, which are IFC compliant and integrated with an interactive virtual reality environment. The functions of the LCC tool also provide integrated costs, database management and automatic calculations of some complicated LCC algorithms. These demonstrate potential solutions to the conventional problems to the LCC – data store and retrieve and calculation. The details of this development, including the functions, interfaces and auxiliary tools supporting this development, are described throughout the paper.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2007
Uncontrolled Keywords: Life cycle costs, Modelling, Decision making
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Built environment
Depositing User: Charlie Fu
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 10:24
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3189

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