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How blockchain will transform BIM technologies

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Construction industry is largely characterised by fragmentation in processes, services and firms. One of its persistent problems is the disconnect between design and construction. This disconnect is mainly due to the lack of open and trustworthy information across the supply chain. Blockchain technology has the potential to adverse these effects through the use of open and transparent transactions.

Apart from minimising the interfaces between Design and Construction, Blockchain technology can contribute to improving both in isolation. First, blockchain can facilitate Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and Computational Design in general, by enabling transparent information flows. Second, blockchain technology could nicely complement information and change management in Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems, both authoring and managing tools. Thereafter, leveraging smart contracts and trusting environments, blockchain technology can improve Supply Chain Management and logistics control.


Keywords

Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), Computational Design, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Supply Chain Management, Automated supply chain, Traceability of assets, Logistics, compliance and verification

Links

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Dr Abel Maciel

Abel Maciel is an architect and researcher based in London, United Kingdom. He has extensive experience on a wide range of design typologies and scales, from product and interaction design, to large-scale urban complexes and masterplans.

He tutors at the Bartlett School of Architecture and is the founding director of Design Computation Ltd.

He is also a director of the Construction Blockchain Consortium and the initiator of the Design Computation Wiki, an open knowledge platform for computational design.