An internet of things-enabled BIM platform for modular integrated construction

Yue Zhai, Ke Chen, Jason X. Zhou, Jin Cao, Zhongyuan Lyu, Xin Jin, Xiang Fang, Ray Y. Zhong, Geoffrey Q.P. Shen, Weisheng Lu, George Q. Huang

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) acts as an important role in Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) for its strong power of presenting digital information throughout the whole life cycle. However, using BIM is not sufficient for facilitating the success carry out of a MiC project, which relies on a smart construction environment and intelligent data processing technology to capture complete and accurate real-time information, timely share information and support automatic and efficient decision-making. To address these challenges, an Internet of Things-enabled BIM platform (IBIMP) for MiC project is developed. The existing problems of business processes and requirements of the stakeholders in the MiC project are analyzed. Design considerations of smart construction objects (SCOs) equipped with smart trinity tag (STT) and GPS sensor, smart gateway system, data source management service, location-based service, rule-based progress control service, as well as decision support service for prefabrication production, transportation, and on-site assembly processes are specified. Application scenarios from a subsided sale flats project in Hong Kong is used as an example to demonstrate how the inconvenient data collection, lack of automatic decision support and incomplete information are overcome by IBIMP.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event48th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE 2018 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20185 Dec 2018


  • BIM (Building Information Modelling)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Just-in-time (JIT)
  • Modular integrated construction (MiC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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