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A systematic mapping of BIM and digital technologies for architectural heritage

Lukman E. Mansuri (Department of Civil Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, India)
D.A. Patel (Department of Civil Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, India)
Chika Udeaja (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)
Busisiwe Chikomborero Ncube Makore (School of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK)
Claudia Trillo (School of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK)
Kwasi Gyau Baffour Awuah (School of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK)
Kumar Neeraj Jha (Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 14 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Across the architecture, engineering and construction industry, the application of building information modelling (BIM) as a digital technology for architectural heritage is becoming increasingly relevant. However, scholarly research on the application of BIM for architectural heritage is still in its infancy stage and the research gaps and future directions of this research area are still unclear. This paper therefore aims to fill this gap by using a systematic and robust review using a mixed-method approach to show the gaps of research for BIM and architectural heritage and point to new directions for future works.

Design/methodology/approach

The study includes a quantitative scientometric analysis and mapping and a qualitative study. A total of 354 articles related to BIM and architectural heritage were analysed using a combination of quantitative and qualitative tools. The qualitative study consists of a systematic literature review supported by data collected from stakeholder and training workshops on digital technologies and BIM for heritage.

Findings

Findings from this study reveal the gaps in the field of heritage and BIM research according to retrieved articles from different countries and journals. Furthermore, emerging domains for future research were identified and these included: as-built modelling and 3D reconstruction; conservation, preservation and management; documentation; maintenance and restoration; virtual technology and simulation.

Originality/value

The common research challenges were identified as an integrated outcome of the findings revealed from the scientometric mapping and qualitative review and resulted in key BIM and heritage research priority recommendations relevant to researchers within this field.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK. The authors are also thankful to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Vadodara Circle for permitting data collection of this work.

Citation

Mansuri, L.E., Patel, D.A., Udeaja, C., Makore, B.C.N., Trillo, C., Awuah, K.G.B. and Jha, K.N. (2021), "A systematic mapping of BIM and digital technologies for architectural heritage", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-11-2020-0171

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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