Creating flexible mappings between Building Information Models and cost information

Michael Lawrence, Rachel Pottinger, Sheryl Staub-French, Madhav Prasad Nepal
2014 Automation in Construction  
During the early design stages of construction projects, accurate and timely cost feedback is critical to design decision making. This is particularly challenging for cost estimators, as they must quickly and accurately estimate the cost of the building when the design is still incomplete and evolving. State-of-the-art software tools typically use a rule-based approach to generate detailed quantities from the design details present in a building model and relate them to the cost items in a cost
more » ... estimating database. In this paper, we propose a generic approach for creating and maintaining a cost estimate using flexible mappings between a building model and a cost estimate. The approach uses queries on the building design that are used to populate views, and each view is then associated with one or more cost items. The benefit of this approach is that the flexibility of modern query languages allows the estimator to encode a broad variety of relationships between the design and estimate. It also avoids the use of a common standard to which both the designers and estimators must conform, allowing the estimator added flexibility and functionality to their work.
doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2014.05.006 fatcat:6id732ebpfekpj3clufx7xn75u