BIM-Based marina design and semi-automated code checking process

Balku, Cansu
The design process of marina projects is time-consuming due to the scale and complexity of the projects. It also involves an iterative process for studying layout alternatives. There are international and national codes and guidelines that should be considered during design to provide safe navigation and berthing for boats, enable smooth operation, meet market and user expectations, and avoid design mistakes. However, checking the design against codes after each design revision takes considerable amount of time. Therefore, a limited number of alternatives can be explored and code checking is performed only after the design is complete. In construction projects, code compliance checking is mostly performed by designers or local authorities manually. Manual checking process is vulnerable to inconsistent results even when performed by experts. This study aims to facilitate marina design and code checking by utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM can be used for visualization, design review, documentation, and maintenance of marine infrastructure projects. However, in the literature and practice, BIM utilization for marina design is in its infancy. Therefore, in this study, the BIM model of a marina project was developed using Autocad Civil 3D and Revit software tools, by creating the required marina objects. The layout alternatives, by placement of finger piers, anchors and boats, were generated automatedly. Moreover, with the help of Dynamo tool, the code checking process was executed semi-automatically. The proposed process has a potential to evaluate more marina layout alternatives in a shorter time than the traditional design review process. Thus, the design can be optimized, and the quality of the projects can be improved. Additionally, it is expected that this study can present the potential of using BIM technologies and concepts in coastal structure projects.


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Citation Formats
C. Balku, “BIM-Based marina design and semi-automated code checking process,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.