A Semantic-based Framework for Automated Rule Checking in Healthcare Construction Projects

Joao Soliman Junior, Carlos Torres Formoso, Patricia Tzortzopoulos

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Healthcare projects are known for having a high degree of complexity. Furthermore, the design of healthcare facilities is highly constrained by regulations containing a wide range of requirements. Using BIM for automated rule checking has been pointed out as an opportunity to improve requirements management in these projects. However, most existing research is focused on hard-coded approaches or on limited sets of requirements. The aim of this investigation is to propose a semantic-based framework for automated rule checking in the context of healthcare design. An empirical study was conducted in the redevelopment of a university hospital, using Design Science Research as a methodological approach. Results indicate that the nature of regulations and the subjectivity of requirements have a major impact on the possibility of their translation into logical rules, which is needed to enable automated checking. The main theoretical contribution is a taxonomy for automated rule checking and information transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-214
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Civil Engineering
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


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