Building Information Modelling for heritage : parametric modelling for contemporary conservation practice
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The overall aim of this dissertation is to increase awareness of the potential of BIM for heritage conservation in academic studios and professional practice. This dissertation investigates the current state of knowledge on BIM in an extensive literature review in chapter 2, which establishes the theoretical and technical foundations of the field and looks at existing knowledge from both the new-build and conservation sectors. The literature review highlights the need for more dedicated research on the practical aspects of BIM for heritage and suggests practical research as a method for further investigation. Following the literature review, chapter 3 examines creative practice methodologies employed in academic research at postgraduate and doctoral levels in the UK and abroad. This review of existing methodologies was used as a basis for developing the research methodology of this dissertation, in accordance with the third research objective. Chapter 4 presents the core module of the research methodology, referred to as ‘practicum’, which involved situated practical work under professional studio conditions in Summerhall, Edinburgh. In this chapter, following a justification of the research methodology employed for this dissertation, the results of practice are presented, including the BIM strategies developed in response to project conditions and goals, as well as an overview of practical work. In the end, these results are evaluated in relation to the wider theoretical and technical context provided by the literature review. The last chapter presents a discussion as to the success of the research methodology in relation to the particular research question, aim, and objectives. BIM for heritage conservation is a relatively new field of research and presents many opportunities for future investigation. In response to the research question, the dissertation concludes with a justification for the following argument: although BIM philosophy is ideally suitable for heritage purposes, BIM adoption in conservation practice is hindered by the current limitations of BIM software.