CBI member The University of Nottingham announced that the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) had secured RMB 5.6 million to help the Chinese construction industry use eco-friendly and “smart” building technologies.
China’s building industry currently lags behind many other industrial nations, with low production efficiency and high energy usage affecting many new-build properties. The current situation could delay the progress of Chinese “smart” cities, which aim to reduce resource consumption and cost and use digital technologies to benefit their citizens.
In a bid to tackle the issue, UNNC’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment is now leading a “GIS-BIM Based Green Smart Building Technical Innovation Team”, with support from the Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau.
The innovation team comprises 22 researchers from UNNC (from Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Geographical Sciences), local design institutes, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) consulting companies in Ningbo.
The team will also invite the Ningbo construction industry’s governing body to provide resources, pilot projects, and platforms to inform the research. Over the next three years, the innovation team will explore the potential of Geographic Information System (GIS) and BIM technologies and how they can be integrated into local construction practices in Ningbo. GIS is a technical system to implement the collection, storage, management, calculation, analysis, display, and description of geospatial information data.
The results help to understand what is happening in geographical space, which can increase efficiency in building planning and design. BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital technics to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions.
In 2015, China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development announced suggestions of BIM implementation. Shanghai even set a clear timeline for the promotion of BIM, which would be started in pubic-funded projects. UNNC’s team aims to devise a platform to handle database management, modelling management, smart operation management, and lifecycle monitoring management.
Information extraction, storage, transfer, and modifications will be completed quickly on the platform and updated in the network cloud system to synchronise with smart terminals. At the end of the project, the team plans to pilot the platform on construction projects in Ningbo and to share BIM development recommendations with relevant government departments to benefit the Ningbo-based construction industry and support the future of its smart cities.
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