Building Information Modelling (BIM) Software Interoperability: A Review of the Construction Sector

Shervin Yousefzadeh, John P. Spillane, Laura Lamont, John McFadden, James Lim

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is continuing to evolve and develop as the construction industry progresses towards level 2 maturity. However, one of the core barriers in this progression is the aspect of interoperability between software packages. This research and paper stems from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) where both industry and academia come together to address this shortcoming within the sector. One of the core objectives of this partnership and the aim of this study is investigating potential solutions to this barrier, while also developing best working practices to be applied in industry. Using one of the case studies from this partnership (a temporary steel structure), this paper demonstrates a potential solution to addressing interoperability within structural analysis and detailing packages, MasterSeries and Revit respectively. The findings of the research indicate that a process based approach rather than that of additional software coding as being the preferred solution. The results of this preliminary research will aid in the development of the topic of interoperability within the sector, while also developing the knowledge and competencies of the parties within the KTP. The findings are explored further, by providing an overview of the resolution process adopted in this case study, in overcoming the interoperability that arose as the project progressed. It is envisaged that this study will assist the construction sector and its adoption of BIM technologies, while also addressing the critical aspect of operability between software.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Annual ARCOM Conference
EditorsA. B. Raiden, E. Aboagye-Nimo
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-9552390-9-0
Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2015
Event31st ARCOM Conference - Lincoln, United Kingdom
Duration: 07 Sep 201509 Sep 2015


Conference31st ARCOM Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • building information modelling
  • BIM
  • interoperability
  • knowledge transfer partnership
  • structural analysis


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