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Framework for decentralised architectural design: BIM and blockchain integration

Jabi, Wassim ORCID: 2021. Framework for decentralised architectural design: BIM and blockchain integration. International Journal of Architectural Computing 19 (2) , pp. 157-173. 10.1177/1478077120963376

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The paper introduces a framework for decentralised architectural design in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. We examine first the constraints of building information modelling in regard to collaboration and trust. We then introduce Blockchain infrastructure as a means for creating new operational and business models for architectural design, through project governance, scaling collaboration nominally to thousands of agents, and shifting trust to the infrastructure rather than the architectural design team. Through a wider consideration of Blockchains in construction projects we focus on the design process and validate our framework with a prototype of BIM design optimisation integrated with a Blockchain mechanism. The paper concludes by outlining the contributions our framework can enhance in the building information modelling processes, within the context of the fourth industrial revolution.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1478-0771
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 17 September 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 11:26

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