The Construction Innovation Hub, in partnership with Cardiff University’s Digital Compliance Network, has has unveiled D-COM – a demonstrator project which uses technology to untangle complex compliance checking processes.
The basis of D-COM is the digitisation of Approved Documents, so they are machine-readable and easier to compare against building and product information.
Developed in the wake of the Hackitt Report and Building Safety Act, D-COM opens the door for innovative approaches to digitalise compliance checking, enable automation, reduce errors, make cost and time savings, and ultimately improve building safety.
In 2017 Dame Judith Hackitt described current regulations and guidance as ‘too complex and unclear’ which can lead to ‘confusion and misinterpretation.’
Dr Thomas Beach, reader at Cardiff University and D-COM Network leader, explained: “The successful development and demonstration of our prototype demonstrates the power of machine-readable construction guidance.
“This project has shown that semi-automated checking of building designs is feasible now and that its feasibility will grow as Information Management adoption increases.”
The Golden Thread
The project is part of the Hub’s drive for digital transformation in the construction industry, strengthening the case for change and developing guidance and tools to encourage organisations to benefit from data-driven decision-making and secure, resilient data sharing.
Supported by a digital ecosystem that will integrate the tools and data sources that firms must use as part of the compliance process, this will make information more accessible and drive greater and more consistent levels of compliance.
The project will provide tools and APIs for the automated determination of changes to Approved Documents, identify applicable rules related to any building or product based on the analysis of the approved documents and help relate applicable compliance to data within BIM.
Tools will also be included that create audit trails of compliance checks which will help in fulfilling requirements for Golden Threads for buildings.
Dr. Ahmed Alnaggar, The Hub’s digital construction lead, commented: “Creating that confident relationship between our buildings, linear infrastructure and trust of those who use them is essential. This connection needs a clear line-of-sight between our built assets and compliance with regulatory frameworks.
“To support these drivers for change, the Hub has partnered up with Cardiff University and its D-COM Network, including partners AEC3 UK, Solibri UK and PIF, to develop a “digital compliance ecosystem” to support construction firms in piloting the complex regulatory landscape with better ease and certainty supported by the digitisation of the regulatory compliance process.”
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