Special Issue "Processing BIM and GIS Models in Theory and Practice"

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Dr. Luigi Barazzetti
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Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (ABC), Politecnico di Milano, Via Ponzio 31, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: photogrammetry; laser scanning; automation; 3D modelling; monitoring; computer vision
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Dr. Mattia Previtali
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Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Via Giuseppe Ponzio, 31, 20133 Milano, MI, Italy
Interests: image analysis; image matching; multiview reconstruction; laser scanning; point cloud classification; monitoring
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Dr. Branka Cuca
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Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Via G. Ponzio, 31, Milano, Italy
Interests: image matching; photogrammetry; satellite remote sensing; cultural heritage and cultural landscapes; built environment/territorial and urban planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, in the digital era, numerous coordinated actions have already been taken on national and international levels to ensure access to, the visualization of, and the possibly of the download of publicly available digital data. In particular, experts state that geospatial information, which is very often in the charge of public authorities, is of high importance when it comes to exchange between the public and private sectors. Such interaction is often required for large-scale interventions (e.g., the mitigation of climate change’s effects, natural hazards, or accidents) but still has an important impact on the local built environment (e.g., the UHI effect, the risk assessment and identification of damage, securing interventions for infrastructures and buildings, etc.). Improved access to digital information within better-integrated platforms that consider data at different scales should be fostered for several reasons: (i) to avoid the multiplication of large quantities of already-existing information; (ii) to create applications and services that will facilitate both expert and non-expert users; (iii) to allow a more holistic approach to decision making during emergency situations and ordinary management.

In this context, BIM and GIS integration has a crucial role. Building information modeling (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS) are now used in a variety of applications. Although based on different technologies and developed for addressing different practical problems, the acronyms share a common “I” (information) and a common purpose: the better access, use, and understanding of digital information. However, several technical and practical issues need to be considered. This Special Issue aims at collecting both theoretical and application-oriented manuscripts dealing with the integrated use of BIM and GIS. In fact, both technologies can be simultaneously exploited to solve interconnected challenges, in which data processing sometimes requires moving the analysis from and to specific software packages and/or implementing new solutions. The key idea is to demonstrate improved interoperability with the consequent generation of more holistic workflows through the simultaneous use of BIM and GIS data and tools.

This Special Issue aims at demonstrating methods, case studies, theoretical approaches, and effective projects where the BIM–GIS integration challenge has been faced. The possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure design and management;
  • Risk and hazard assessment, mitigation, and management;
  • Smart cities;
  • Technology infrastructures and facilities;
  • Multiscale projects;
  • Semantic integration in the BIM and GIS domains;
  • Urban regeneration and nature-based solutions;
  • Facility management and urban planning.

Dr. Luigi Barazzetti
Dr. Mattia Previtali
Dr. Branka Cuca
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • BIM
  • GIS
  • infrastructure
  • urban
  • risks
  • hazards

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A Multi-Zone Staged Indoor Emergency Evacuation Algorithm Based on Time Equalization
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(8), 499; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi10080499 - 23 Jul 2021
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Most of the existing staged evacuation algorithms only consider the impact of crowd density on evacuation partition, but do not take into account the influence of the spatial distribution of occupants and the capacity of exits on the total evacuation time (TET). Therefore, [...] Read more.
Most of the existing staged evacuation algorithms only consider the impact of crowd density on evacuation partition, but do not take into account the influence of the spatial distribution of occupants and the capacity of exits on the total evacuation time (TET). Therefore, a novel indoor emergency evacuation algorithm based on time equalization is proposed in this paper. All factors affecting TET such as the position and size of each group and the capacity of exits are fully considered in the proposed algorithm, which are uniformly converted into the occupancy time of each exit. An improved Dijkstra algorithm is used to generate evacuation zones according to the proximity relationship and the occupancy time of different exits. The strategy of waiting at the starting point is adopted to ensure that all evacuees are free from congestion during the escape process. In addition, the method of group merging is proposed to further increase the balance among all zones during the partitioning process. The objectives of the proposed algorithm include minimizing the TET of all evacuees, the path length of each escape group, avoiding congestion during the escape process. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm effectively reduces TET and the path length of groups compared with existing algorithms, which improves the efficiency of evacuation and utilization of all exits and can be applied to the various distribution and density of evacuees. Full article
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