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Integrating building information modeling with augmented reality: application and empirical assessment in building facility management

Sochea Khan (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Khlong Luang, Thailand)
Kriengsak Panuwatwanich (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Khlong Luang, Thailand)
Sasiporn Usanavasin (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Khlong Luang, Thailand)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 15 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper presents a developed BIMxAR application, an integration of building information modeling (BIM) with augmented reality (AR) linked with real-time online database to support the building facility management work. The primary aim of this research was to develop and empirically examine the applicability of a BIM-based AR (BIMxAR) application in building facility management.

Design/methodology/approach

The BIMxAR application was developed and experimented with maintenance work of a university laboratory building. The experiment consisted of a comparison of supportive maintenance tasks performed using the traditional approach and the BIMxAR approach by 38 university students. The time taken to complete each task was recorded and analyzed using statistical analyses to compare the performance between the tasks completed using each approach.

Findings

The results indicated that the group using the BIMxAR application approach completed the tasks correctly in a significantly shorter time compared to that using the traditional approach. The findings supported the applicability of the developed BIMxAR application and the improvement of the building facility management tasks when using the proposed approach.

Originality/value

This paper presents a methodological approach in developing a mobile application that integrates BIM with AR for facility management work, leveraging real-time information exchange through a cloud-based platform. The paper also provides empirical evidence that demonstrates how the integration between BIM and AR could be achieved and implemented to help facilitate building maintenance tasks.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the research support provided by the Chair Professor Program (P-19–52302), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand, and the Center of Excellence in Material Science, Construction and Maintenance Technology, Thammasat University.

Citation

Khan, S., Panuwatwanich, K. and Usanavasin, S. (2023), "Integrating building information modeling with augmented reality: application and empirical assessment in building facility management", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-12-2021-1146

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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