The article “Development and validation of natural user interfaces for semantic enrichment of BIM models using open formats”, co-authored by Fábio Dinis, João Poças Martins (BUILT CoLAB) and Raquel Rodrigues (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), published in June 2023 in the journal “Construction Innovation”, is available in open format.
« Purpose – Despite the technological paradigm shift presented to the architecture, engineering, construction and operations sector (AECO), the full-fledged acceptance of the building information modelling (BIM) methodology has been slower than initially anticipated. Indeed, this study aims to acknowledge the need for increasing supportive technologies enabling the use of BIM, attending to available human resources, their requirements and their tasks. Design/methodology/approach – A complete case study is described, including the development process centred on design science research methodology followed by the usability assessment procedure validated by construction projects facility management operational staff. Findings – Results show that participants could interact with BIM using openBIM processes and file formats naturally, as most participants reached an efficiency level close to that expected for users already familiar with the interface (i.e. high-efficiency values). These results are consistent with the reported perceived satisfaction and analysis of participants’ discourses through 62 semi-structured interviews.»
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