COTAC Study 3

BIM4C Integrating HBIM Framework Report Parts 1, 2 and Illustrative Bibliography
ISSN 2634-7709
Following the COTAC Digital Future for Traditional Buildings Conference in November 2013, COTAC produced a Study report entitled: Integrating Digital Technologies in Support of Historic Building Information Modelling: BIM4Conservation (HBIM) in April 2014. In establishing that there has been no serious work initiated to date in determining how BIM might be applied to the diverse conservation, repair and maintenance (CRM) work activities in the Conservation Sector of the UK’s construction industry. On the basis of analysing the COTAC Report-related ‘Survey Monkey’ questionnaire results (of March 2013), it was considered that standard BIM seemed less appropriate if a more specific version of HBIM emerged that better fitted the Conservation Sector requirements. This two-part Study, with an associated Illustrative Bibliography updated to December 2020, is aimed at highlighting various related issues which might be considered in addressing that lacuna.

Edited by Ingval Maxwell OBE DADun RIBA FRIAS FSAScot
Chairman: Council on Training in Architectural Conservation
COTAC, London 2016: Reformatted July 2020
Part 1: Conservation Parameters

To render the BIM approach, appropriate to the conservation sector, a close relationship with established criteria and operational activities is essential. Two fundamental criteria emerge to assist in achieving this integration: the internationally recognised ‘ICOMOS Education and Training Guidelines’ and ‘BS7913: 2013 Guide to the conservation of historic buildings’ and might be considered in parallel with the Bews-Richards Wedge Diagram. Whilst a plethora of underpinning Standards are suggested relevant to that Diagram, these tend to bias the new build perspective. From the conservation and CRM perspective many of these Standards do not have such a comfortable fit, as BS7913 and a variety of other conservation guidance able reveals.
Part 2: Conservation Influences

Traditionally constructed (pre-1919) buildings have been constructed from a portfolio of parts and elements that are generally no longer available. The requirement to understand these necessitates a specific professional expertise and understanding. Resolving this will be at the heart of any successful HBIM developments as might be applied to the existing built heritage. This Part 2 Study Report aims to identify a wider range of issues and influences that might be contemplated in the development of HBIM considerations. The various Step charts offer a range of ‘key words’ that might be considered and developed as part of related sequential processes that are likely to be involved.

Illustrative Bibliography (Revised Edition December 2020)

The two main parts of the Study were supported by a draft Bibliography which, in the interim, has been considerable updated. This was undertaken as a desk-based exercise resulting in this new reformatted document with all related website URL’s correct to 17 December 2020, and this new version supersedes that original issue.

Edited by Peter Lakin
COTAC, London Reformatted December 2020

This bibliography of web-searched findings is presented in three parts:

Part 1: Organisations, Bodies, Industry and Practices Web Search Findings

Part 2: Research Web Search Findings

Part 3: Case Study Web Search Findings

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