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Structural sustainability appraisal in BIM

Oti, Akponanabofa Henry; Tizani, Walid; Abanda, F.H.; Jaly-Zada, A.; Tah, J.H.M.


Akponanabofa Henry Oti

F.H. Abanda

A. Jaly-Zada

J.H.M. Tah


The provision of Application Programming Interface (API) in BIM-enable tools can contribute to facilitating BIM-related research. APIs are useful links for running plug-ins and external programmes but they are yet to be fully exploited in expanding the BIM scope. The modelling of n-Dimensional (nD) building performance measures can potentially benefit from BIM extension through API implementations. Sustainability is one such measure associated with buildings. For the structural engineer, recent design criteria have put great emphasis on the sustainability credentials as part of the traditional criteria of structural integrity, constructability and cost. This paper examines the utilization of API in BIM extension and presents a demonstration of an API application to embed sustainability issues into the appraisal process of structural conceptual design options in BIM. It concludes that API implementations are useful in expanding the BIM scope. Also, the approach including process modelling, algorithms and object-based instantiations demonstrated in the API implementation can be applicable to other nD building performance measures as may be relevant to the various professional platforms in the construction domain.


Oti, A. H., Tizani, W., Abanda, F., Jaly-Zada, A., & Tah, J. (2016). Structural sustainability appraisal in BIM. Automation in Construction, 69,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 22, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 7, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 14, 2016
Journal Automation in Construction
Print ISSN 0926-5805
Electronic ISSN 0926-5805
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Keywords API; BIM; Conceptual design; nD modelling; Structural design; Sustainability appraisal
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