Level : M.A.Sc.

Enhancing Multidisciplinary BIM Coordination with a Rule-Based System for Comprehensive Clash Avoidance


In the context of Building Information Modeling (BIM), effective multidisciplinary coordination is vital for project success. This research introduces an innovative approach to bolster BIM-based multidisciplinary coordination by implementing a rule-based system for comprehensive clash avoidance. We highlight the importance of preemptively addressing clashes, as they significantly impact project efficiency and cost.

This research focuses on gathering clash avoidance rules from seasoned industry professionals, benefiting from their extensive expertise. The rule-based system is then implemented within BIM authoring tools, fostering a proactive and dynamic approach to clash prevention. By integrating real-world knowledge into the BIM environment, this system promises to reduce clashes, enhance project efficiency, and improve collaboration among multidisciplinary teams.

Project results

This research is distinguished by its emphasis on the collection of clash avoidance rules sourced directly from experienced industry professionals who possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise. By tapping into their extensive insights, the study ensures that the rule-based system is enriched with practical wisdom acquired through years of hands-on experience. Once these valuable rules are curated, they are seamlessly integrated into BIM authoring tools, instilling a proactive and adaptable approach to preventing clashes. This integration of real-world knowledge directly into the BIM environment serves as a bridge between theory and practice, offering a potent solution to reduce clashes. As a result, it not only streamlines project workflows but also substantially enhances overall efficiency.
By reducing clashes and conflicts in this manner, the rule-based system contributes to error minimization, smoother collaboration among multidisciplinary teams, and, crucially, cost-effectiveness. The validation presented in the study solidifies the value of this innovative approach, demonstrating its potential to lead the construction industry towards more efficient, error-free, and economically viable BIM-enabled projects.

Project contributions

This work advances knowledge in Building Information Modeling (BIM) coordination by introducing an innovative methodology, specifically a rule-based system. By integrating real-world insights gathered from industry experts, this research enriches academic understanding and empirical evidence in BIM coordination. From an industry perspective, this research offers practical and valuable solutions. The implementation of the rule-based system in BIM authoring tools represents a novel approach, directly benefiting industry practices. It leads to reduced errors, streamlined workflows, and significant time savings. Importantly, it has the potential to result in substantial cost savings, impacting stakeholders, including construction firms and project owners. Additionally, the emphasis on enhancing collaboration among multidisciplinary teams is invaluable for improving project outcomes and the overall working environment. In sum, this research acts as a bridge between academic theory and practical industry needs, providing advancements in knowledge for academics and real-world solutions for the construction industry.


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Ivanka Iordanova


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