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Integrating Airport Planning and Building Information Modeling Tools

To provide a non-proprietary, open source software solution that can be combined with the Volume 2 spreadsheets of ACRP Report 25 to generate building information models.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Building Information Models (BIM) are essentially digital three-dimensional models of a building that contains all the information of its components. This is a very powerful way of analyzing the building for spatial quality, cost, solar study, heat gain and loss and building systems requirements in advance that ultimately helps optimizing construction schedule and budget. These models can also be used for maintenance and automation of building systems. The spreadsheets in existing ACRP Report 25 Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design (Volume 2), compute space related metrics (such as areas, number of occupants, length, etc.) that planners and architects use manually in 2 dimensional drawings (plans, sections etc.) to establish initial spatial relationships and then do mathematical calculations for volumetric analysis. If the results derived from spreadsheet models are linked directly in a BIM environment, the end users can dynamically see the outcome of spreadsheet calculations in a graphical format. They can, not only see real time graphical presentation of the changes made in input data in the spreadsheets model, but also its effects on other building systems. This will help architects and planners better understand initial rough cost estimates, and other analytical outputs without going through complex mathematical calculations. ACRP has two on-going projects related to this topic that have to be reviewed: ACRP Synthesis 70 Building Information Modeling for Airports and ACRP 09-15 Building Information Modeling Beyond Design.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

To provide a non-proprietary, open source software solution that can be combined with the Volume 2 spreadsheets of ACRP Report 25 to generate building information models.

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