UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Development of information delivery manual to identify information exchange requirements

30 November 2016

By So Young Hyun


Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd

Rokia Raslan

2014 - 2017

So Young began her doctorate at UCL in 2014. Prior to joining UCL, she completed BArch/MArch in Architecture in South Korea and worked as an architect / environmental designer in an architectural firm Junglim Architecture. She also completed an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at UCL with her research on Building Information Modelling (BIM) for sustainable design and construction. Now she is working in a global engineering firm Arup in London as a sustainability consultant and is focusing on development of information delivery manual (IDM) for building performance analysis (BPA) as her PhD project.

There are significant opportunities for BIM tools to address issues related to sustainable building design, and interoperability between BIM-based design and BPA tools can improve the workflow between design documentation and analysis applications. While the potential benefits associated with the interoperability have been recognised, its specifications and formats remain in their early infancy and often fail to live up to the promise of successful interoperability and communication challenges faced by project stakeholders.

In considering the challenge associated with the interoperability between BIM and BPA, the research ultimately aims to create an IDM with appropriate LoD (Level of Detail/Development). It can be applied for each design stage to guide information exchange required for BPA using BIM that can bring improvement in BIM implementation engaged from the early design stages considering building sustainability. 

In order to achieve this, the research will investigate the relationship between architectural / mechanical / structural model and thermal analysis model; define necessary LoD within the context of RIBA Plan of Work 2013; investigate whether or not the relationship between LoD and the gap between analysis results at different design stages exist; and identify minimum LoD for different BIM dimensions (4D, 5D, 6D) and benchmark the associated performance gap.