Development of OntEIR framework to support heritage clients
Heritage Building Information Modelling
Employers of heritage projects always have a main requirement, which is for the project to be completed within the time scale, budget, and with the highest quality. Evidence suggests that for clients of heritage buildings, various factors led to the unfortunate increase and out of control costs, such as poor definition of requirements and lack of capacity to engage effectively with suppliers. Employer Information Requirements (EIR) is seen as central to deliver the Heritage BIM (HBIM) agenda.
... IM (HBIM) agenda. The successful and clear identification of the specifications of the employer and heritage building requirements is an important if not the most important phase in delivering successful heritage projects, and is referred to as the Employer Information Requirements (EIR). Despite the various research efforts, the specification of employer's information requirements is still underdeveloped. Indeed previous research confirmed that due to complexities in identifying and conveying accurately employers' actual needs and requirements to the heritage project's team and the immense magnitude of project information project briefings may not truly reflect employer's requirements. This chapter reports on an ongoing study designed to support heritage clients in making informed and sound decision in defining their requirements. The aim of this research is to investigate the development of an ontology-based, BIM enabled framework for EIR. This research examines innovative approaches and methods for conveying employer information requirements (EIR) using a framework to capture, analyse, and translate these requirements based on an ontology model. This framework will enable the heritage team to capture these requirements and convert them to constructional terms understood by all stakeholders. It is the contention of this chapter that this process will save time, effort and cost, and will provide an informed basis for delivering a successful project that satisfies both the employer and the supply chain.