Piotr KUROCZYŃSKI | Julia BRANDT | Karolina JARA
(Hochschule Mainz – University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany)

Keywords: Heritage/Historic BIM, sourced-based 3D reconstruction, data modeling, visualization

The project of the sourced-based 3D reconstruction of the 1938 destroyed New Synagogue in Breslau, now-a-days in Wrocław (Poland), is concerned with the scientific documentation of the dispersed knowledge and the process of the computer-based reconstruction in general. The 3D model is traded as a scientific information model with a traceable and valid content, stored in a sustainable and interoperable format.
The main issue is to use Building Information Modeling for the visualization of the cultural heritage and the storage of the humanistic knowledge from object-oriented disciplines like art and architecture history as well as archeology. The project examines the scientific methodology of 3D reconstruction according the BIM-standard and IFC data model from current construction industry in conjunction with the documentation standard from the cultural heritage sector.
The core documentation system is based on customized Virtual Research Environment (Drupal 8) with CIDOC CRM referenced application ontology and graph database (RDF-Triple-Store) in the backend.
One of the research question is dedicated to the integration of the humanistic research issues within the BIM-conform 3D model and it’s IFC-based attributes. Furthermore the process-oriented capture of the scientific 3D reconstruction within the Virtual Research Environment, namely the linkage between the sources, the creative decisions and the hypothetical 3D results, will be discussed. In the end the the visualization aspects of the historical information in web-based viewer, like Solibri Model Checker and Tekla BIMsight, will be presented.
The overall aim of the project is to explore the advantages, challenges and thresholds in using the BIM-standard for historical object-oriented research, reviewing the benefits of structured Linked Data and web-based visualization.

Relevance for the conference: The paper examines the emerging field of BIM-conform modeling and visualization in the field of archeology, art and architecture history.
Relevance for the session: The paper has an authentic impact for the HBIM session.
Innovation: The linkage between BIM/IFC and CIDOC CRM and the visualization of the historical information is innovative and promising.

  • Kuroczyński, P., 2017. Virtual Research Environment for digital 3D reconstructions – Standards, thresholds and prospects. Studies in Digital Heritage 1, 456. https://doi.org/10.14434/sdh.v1i2.23330
  • Antonopoulou, S., Bryan, P., 2017. BIM for Heritage – Developing a Historic Building Information Model. Historic England.