Level: M.Eng.

The potential of digitization for sustainable regulatory compliance in the built assets industry


Building regulations are fundamental to ensuring a safe and sustainable built environment, essential for public safety, environmental protection, industry fairness and quality assurance. This summary looks at the many facets of the importance of building regulations, highlighting their impact on safety, environmental responsibility, industry fairness and overall quality. Although building regulations set essential standards for design, construction and maintenance, ensuring full regulatory compliance and adapting to changing needs remains a challenge. This study examines the potential of digital twinning and building information modeling (BIM) technologies to improve regulatory compliance within the Canadian construction industry. We seek to understand how these technologies can improve safety, environmental responsibility and operational efficiency. We analyze building regulations in four Canadian provinces: Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. We examine how each province adapts regulations to its unique economic, social and environmental context. We are also studying the impact of Digital Twin and BIM technologies on the regulatory frameworks of these provinces. Our analysis reveals that Digital Twin’s real-time simulations and BIM’s detailed digital models can significantly improve safety, support risk assessment and ensure regulatory compliance. What’s more, these technologies have the potential to improve environmental responsibility and operational efficiency. This research provides valuable insights into the interaction between building regulations and digitization.

Project results

The research yielded several significant results: The real-time simulations of Digital Twin technology and the detailed digital models of BIM have significantly improved safety in the construction sector. By providing a visual and interactive representation of construction processes, these technologies enable safety risks to be identified and mitigated in real time, leading to a safer working environment and facilitating comprehensive risk assessment by offering a detailed view of the construction process. This enables potential risks to be identified early in the project lifecycle, promoting proactive risk management and compliance with safety regulations. The study showed that Digital Twin and BIM technologies can streamline compliance with building regulations. These tools help to ensure that construction projects comply with the specific standards and requirements set out in regulations, thereby reducing the risk of non-compliance and the associated penalties.
Expected results : Digital twinning and BIM technologies have the potential to further enhance environmental responsibility by enabling more precise management of resources and sustainability practices. The use of data-driven models can help construction projects reduce waste, energy consumption and environmental impact, and improve operational efficiency by optimizing construction processes and resource allocation. This can save money, reduce delays and improve project timescales, ultimately benefiting the construction industry and consumers alike. As digitization tools become more widespread, standardization and interoperability within the construction industry are likely to intensify. This could lead to a more consistent and unified approach to regulatory compliance across provinces and regions. In conclusion, the study highlights the significant potential of Digital Twin and BIM technologies to improve safety, environmental responsibility, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance in the Canadian construction industry. These digital tools can transform the industry and create a safer, more sustainable and more efficient built environment. However, their widespread adoption and integration into existing regulatory frameworks will require further research and industry collaboration.

Project contributions

Academic contributions : The study lays the foundations for enlightened policy development and an improved regulatory framework. Academics can use research findings to advocate changes in regulations that align with the capabilities of these technologies, promoting safety, environmental responsibility and operational efficiency. The study provides valuable insights into the intersection of digitization and building regulations, fostering a better understanding of their multifaceted importance. Industry contributions : The construction sector can benefit from improved safety practices and quality assurance. The result will be a safer working environment and better quality construction projects, reducing the risk of accidents and defects. Industry players can look forward to cost savings and improved operational efficiency, making projects more economically viable and giving early adopters of digitization tools a competitive edge in the construction market. By adopting these technologies, companies can differentiate themselves by offering safer, more environmentally-friendly and more efficient construction services, attracting the customers and public markets that seek these qualities.

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