Historical data comes from multiple sources including geographic information systems (GIS), laser scans, old surveys, other print records, and existing databases.

That information comes together into a single source with Historic Building Information Management (HBIM)
 
It takes a few steps in order to align all of that data into a single source. First, we create the platform in Autodesk Revit, a software application specifically built for BIM. Then the informational data structure is integrated into the Revit model. Next, the model is exported out of Revit to FME, a spatial data transformation software that translates and organizes the building information model for use in Esri’s ArcGIS platform.  
 
When the spatial geometry and its data structure are established in ArcGIS, it can be linked to additional databases, such as content management systems. ArcGIS is then used to publish the three-dimensional model known as HBIM.  

We organize the data structure into a user-friendly, intuitive interface. This makes the system easy to use for users on just about any level. That way, people can take advantage of the data and use it based on their specific need (planning, maintenance, education, etc.) 

Categorizing History

To categorize data, we developed clear naming conventions so users can pinpoint information both spatially and by searching the database. This way, the data is as easy to import as it is to retrieve.  
 
What’s in the data? Everything from details on the properties of the building and landscape elements to cultural notations on historic references, stories, and legends. Database content ranges from measurements, dates, and manufacturers to archival photos and analytical documents. Different buildings on the site have three-letter prefixes to distinguish them, for example.  
 
Users can access data from the past when they access older layers. They can also search by component, date, material, or craftsperson. Each piece of information is linked to the relevant parametric objects in the three-dimensional model.  
 
HBIM’s availability via a web browser means details can be accessed from anywhere. If an organization chooses, various permission levels can allow visitors access to select information. A visitor, for instance, could access basic-level information from a kiosk in front of an exhibit while an architect would be able to view that and much more from his or her office. 
 
It can also integrate figures from other programs and platforms, unifying data that can be housed at multiple locations or in various formats. Then it relates that data into various interpretations of the current site, the property as it was in the past—and even the site of the future. 
 
All of the data in one place—and on one platform—can be used for a variety of purposes. Contact us to see how you can use HBIM at your historic site.  
 
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