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Heritage Building Information Modelling

Arayici, Yusuf; Mahdjoubi, Lamine; Counsell, John


Yusuf Arayici

John Counsell


This book is about Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM). This is a term that has only begun to be used in the latter part of the last decade, since Building Information Modelling (BIM) superseded 3D digital modelling and computer aided design (CAD) as the term generally used to describe the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for the design, construction, and procurement of the modern built environment. It is sometimes also defined as Historic Building Information Modelling, a somewhat narrower term (Murphy et al 2009). One of the earliest definitions of the principles and purpose of Heritage Information Modelling stemmed from the Getty Conservation Institute’s Recording, Documentation,& Information Management (RecorDIM) Initiative (2003–2007) (Eppich & Chabbi 2007).

The book provides a critical analysis of current HBIM development and research. Building Information Modelling is still variously defined and described, and so it is that current approaches that are claimed to be HBIM display equal or greater diversity. This introductory chapter first discusses the origins of HBIM, then outlines the format of the book and gives a context to that format. It will be of use to all those who care for our built heritage and seek better tools with which to record its value, clarify its significance, and conserve it in the long term. In preparing for the workshop on HBIM in March 2015 in Luxor, Egypt, the authors claimed a need for “analysis of the long-term potential for sustainable redeployment and reuse of Heritage”. They argued that “increasing resource scarcities require improved analytical tools for conserving existing buildings in general, and mitigating climate change; and that Heritage buildings form a particular challenge, due to the need to conserve their historic and aesthetic worth, addressing environmental social and economic sustainability.” These pillars of sustainability are not fixed; perceptions of quality of life change over time, with resulting dissatisfaction with heritage structures and a view that they have become unfit for their purpose. The authors also claimed that the “Heritage Buildings that are most relevant and at risk were not so much unoccupied national or internationally important monuments, but the cultural backdrop of occupied architecture that: has historic and aesthetic value; demands particular maintenance and refurbishment skills and analysis; deploys expensive materials that may be in increasing shortage; and generally cannot affordably be replaced with better performing new constructions.


Arayici, Y., Mahdjoubi, L., & Counsell, J. (2017). Heritage Building Information Modelling. Routledge

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Feb 14, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9781138645684
Keywords heritage, BIM, HBIM, 3D scanning
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