ITcon Vol. 17, pg. 367-384,

Leveraging Cloud-BIM for LEED Automation

submitted:April 2012
revised:July 2012
published:September 2012
editor(s):Peter Katranuschkov
authors:Wei Wu, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C
Department of Construction Management, Georgia Southern University;

R.R.A Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E.
Rinker School of Building Construction, University of Florida;
summary:Synergies between building information modelling (BIM) and Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design (LEED) have been recognized early on, since the industry started embracing BIM.However, current practices of implementing BIM in LEED projects remain ad hoc, resulting in job-specificsuccess difficult to replicate. As both BIM technology and LEED systems are making continuous improvement, ithas become overwhelming for project teams to work out an optimal strategy to exploit their technology andmanagement strength in LEED project delivery. This paper looks at a rising trend in recent BIM development,which is the cloud-deployed BIM server (cloud-BIM) technology, and proposes a new business paradigm so projectteams can leverage cloud-BIM to achieve LEED Automation. The new paradigm overcomes the limitation incapacity and communication of conventional desktop computing and stand-alone BIM. It empowers the projectteam with scalable and concurrent collaboration that was essential to delivery high performance sustainableprojects such as LEED projects. A framework that integrated strengths of cloud-BIM, various LEED dedicatedSaaS (Software as a Service) solutions and open information exchange protocols is created to delineate possibleimplementation strategies for this new paradigm.
keywords:Cloud computing, building information modelling, LEED Automation, cloud-BIM, framework
full text: (PDF file, 1.105 MB)
citation:Wu W, Issa R R A (2012). Leveraging Cloud-BIM for LEED Automation, ITcon Vol. 17, pg. 367-384,