This research explores the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as multiscale facilitator for built environment assessment, exploring the use of digital data to facilitate an understanding of the relation between buildings and cities.
Conventionally, the geographical, urban and Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) fields are considered different domains. However, their disciplinary boundaries are recently being blurred by overlapping objectives and tools. Nowadays, the exchange of information among disciplines working at different spatial scales is still a major problem to collaboration and knowledge sharing. There is a need for shared collaborative practices, interoperability and data integration.
The goal of this research is to assess BIM capabilities to facilitate data sharing among stakeholders dealing with different scales. Emphasis is placed on the transmission of information using open standards in the context of built environment analysis. It provides an overview of current tools, methodologies and workflows that support multiscale environmental assessment, while highlighting obstacles along the path. The study aims to propose workflows that support data integration among different scales, to overcome the barrier of data interoperability between different discipline domains. The work is organized into four main chapter: a summary of sustainable policies in Europe, an overview of multiscale analysis for energy consumption, followed by a section on workflows and data interoperability. The study concludes with the demonstration of a case study, lesson learned and suggestions for future works.