BIM welcomes CIM


Spatial data models and tools for urban design 

Sustainable urban development objectives and comprehensive planning practice increasingly require knowledge-based and performance oriented approaches to urban design, using multiple layers of information contextualised at multiple scales of intervention (Gil & Duarte, 2013). However, urban design education and practice still lag in the adoption of GIS data and tools, which are not particularly oriented towards urban design (Webster, 1993).

While BIM offers a new paradigm in building design, the current urban design paradigm is still rooted in drafting and illustration methods eventually supported by information technologies of CAD, 3D modelling and visualisation (Gil et al., 2010). But there is a new generation of City Information Modelling (CIM) tools emerging.

This paper presents results of the ‘City Induction’ research project aimed at prototyping the next generation of CIM, integrating formulation, design, and evaluation methods into a comprehensive urban design support system (Duarte et al., 2012).

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