Using Voice-assistant For Data Management In A BIM Model: Ai-assisted BIM Solution

Jatin Chauhan, Faris Elghaish, Tara Brooks

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With the growing use of automatic speech recognition-based virtual assistants in various digital platforms, information retrieval and fulfilling user demands on voice commands is becoming more common. In today's information age, where speed, efficiency, and convenience are continually being improved for data-related tasks, voice assistants serve as an artificial intelligence-based interaction medium to enhance productivity and efficiency in various fields. There have been only a few studies in the AECO industry related to the use of automatic speech recognition (ASR) system. The ASR-based research lacks in developing and customising the voice commands for data management in a BIM model. Therefore, this study aims to develop a workable and simpler framework for BIM professionals and developers to use Alexa as a voice assistant for data manipulation in a BIM model and information retrieval from it. Based on the recent studies on integrating ASR system to BIM and guide to creating Alexa custom skills on Amazon developer console, a framework named VADM is developed to introduce Alexa as a voice assistant into the BIM environment for data management. VADM framework has testified that Alexa could be a valuable and intuitive voice assistant for data manipulation and information retrieval in a BIM model. No research has been conducted on explicitly utilising Amazon's Alexa skills kit for integrating it with a BIM model. The introduction of Alexa voice assistant for data management is a new concept in AECO's research domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCONVR 2021 Conference: Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
EventCONVR 2021 Conference - Teesside University, MIDDLESBROUGH, United Kingdom
Duration: 08 Dec 201410 Dec 2021


ConferenceCONVR 2021 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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