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Analysis of the use of a tool to peform audits on coins containers

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Working with Building Information Models (BIM) is more and more becoming the new standard for data storage and management within the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facility Management (AEC/FM) industry. Rijkswaterstaat therefor constantly strives to further implement BIM in its processes. Rijkswaterstaat uses Systematic Contract Control (SCB) processes in order to perform audits on data which contractors deliver in form of a BIM in a COINS container. These audits are currently performed manually by auditors at Rijkswaterstaat. In this thesis research, a new automated method of performing audits at Rijkswaterstaat is designed in order to research and promote the further implementation of BIM at Rijkswaterstaat and identify and research the benefits and limitations of the proposed method. The proposed method includes the use of a script with a user friendly graphical user interface to allow auditors at Rijkswaterstaat to semi-automatically extract data from OWL files that are stored in COINS containers and to test the data on requirements set by Rijkswaterstaat. This script is constructed using the programming language Python. The script also utilizes the query language SparQL in order to extract data from OWL files which is tested on requirements set by Rijkswaterstaat. This research includes the design and analysis of three use case scenarios that are designed and researched in order to form the theoretical foundation of the proposed method. The script is designed based on the outcome of the analysis of these three use case scenarios. The current SCB process is redesigned in order to allow the auditor to perform audits at Rijkswaterstaat while using the proposed method. The benefits and limitations of the proposed method are identified, hereby further identifying the benefits that the implementation of BIM at Rijkswaterstaat offers. Conclusions on the proposed method are formed and recommendations are presented for future development and research on the further implementation of BIM in audit processes at Rijkswaterstaat and similar companies in the AEC/FM industry.

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