RESEARCH ARTICLE


Modelling Exchange with Blockchain for the Collaborative Design of a Building Envelope in BIM



Chih Lin Hsu1, Jui Tang Wang2, *, Huang Jun Xie3
1 Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
2 Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
3 Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan


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Abstract

Introduction

The main challenge in using building information modelling (BIM) is the centralised collaborative framework in the various design software (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, RHINO, and ArchiCAD) used by professionals across various disciplines, which causes difficulties during data exchange.

Methods

The existing framework may increase the project lead time, require more effort, and result in design conflicts and misunderstandings. Thus, this paper has proposed a dynamic information storage with blockchain system (DISBS) using a physical curtain wall project for practical implementation. In addition, this paper has further discussed the linkages and verified and analysed the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.

Results

Through the DISBS proposed in this research, the characteristics and achievable functions of blockchain technology are presented. Various applications for the field of construction engineering are highly developable within this research.

Conclusion

The DISBS can improve not only the management quality of construction projects, but also promote mutual trust in the construction industry and optimize architecture, engineering, and construction (AECO) productivity.

Keywords: DISBS, AECO, Blockchain, Physical curtain, Architecture, Engineering, Construction.