Building Information Collection Application (BICA)

Responsible Partner


The Building Information Collection Application (BICA) is a smartphone application enabling building residents to provide complementary information (such as notes and photos) to the already recorded building information in the BIM, thus accelerating the overall collection of data required for the initial renovation scenario modelling process.

Through BICA’s UI, residents’ can provide their input spontaneously on their home indoor/outdoor areas, or at the request of the building surveyors/engineers, in order to enrich the pre-designed as-is BIM model with energy related equipment, their characteristics, building’s weak points, and other related hidden components within the building (pipes, cables, etc.) that they might be aware. In addition, through BICA, residents and owners can view health and safety (H&S) instructions related to the ongoing renovation processes within the building issued by the H&S managers, while they can also create new H&S issues, when they spot a possible H&S issue/hazard in the on-building-site.

Synergies with other BIMERR tools
  • The BICA tool receives the building’s BIM model from the BIMERR Interoperability Framework (BIF), in collaboration with the Building Semantic Modelling component (for just the semantic model) and the Building Information Secure Provisioning component (for the populated BIM model in accordance with the applicable BIM data access policies). The BICA app also receives data from the smartphone’s image storage.
  • Other data is submitted by the resident through the BICA app.
  • Upon collection of the resident’s input, it is forwarded to the other BIMERR components/applications through BIF. The collected data is ingested by the Building Information Collection & Enrichment component through the APIs and wrappers of the BICA application. Data exchanges between BICA and other BIMERR components happen through the BIF.
Relevant BIMERR Use Cases
  • UC-02: Accelerate the collection of data about the building systems through BIM-based internal audit support tools and interaction with building managers and occupants
  • UC-10: Continuous reporting from workforce and occupants for changes performed over the initial renovation design (location-based on a BIM representation) and automated update of the BIM model (as-built documentation)
  • UC-11: Identification of threats and dangers and provision of alerts to workforce and occupants through BIM-based apps and UIs.
  • UC-12: Continuous reporting from workforce and occupants for dangers and threats (location-based on a BIM representation) and automated update of the BIM model
Development Roadmap
The first release of the BICA application will be on M22 to support the pre-validation deployment and testing activities, while the final release will be delivered on M30 to evaluate its’ performance in real renovation projects.

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