Publications / 2016 Proceedings of the 33rd ISARC, Auburn, USA

Site Plan Development: Tower Crane Placement Using BIM Based on Data Obtained from IFC File

Tomas Funtík and Jozef Gašparík
Pages 36-41 (2016 Proceedings of the 33rd ISARC, Auburn, USA, ISBN 978-1-5108-2992-3, ISSN 2413-5844)

One of the fundamental issues of site plan development is the location of a tower crane which needs to be designed to meet specific criteria and specific needs of structures. With today's traditional techniques it is quite difficult to consider optimal position and to select adequate technical parameters of a tower crane. This task is rather time consuming and complicated. With use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) this process can be simplified and the tower crane can be designed more effectively considering various criteria. This paper focuses on obtaining the data of all relevant parametric objects from IFC file and using them to compute optimal position of a tower crane. A suggested position is evaluated from the perspective of travel time of a hook, travel distance and length of jib needed to deliver all elements and materials. Data obtained from IFC model are compared with workload curve of a tower crane to ensure constructability and safety. As a result, map of criteria is done according to the coordinates of a tower crane arranged together with above-mentioned parameters to indicate differences between all possible locations.

Keywords: BIM, Tower Crane, Building Technology