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The Edge: a case study and template for BIM 2 - Dr. Michael Ramage

This project aims to develop The Edge as a case study for CDBB, not only for the sake of information on the building alone, but also to use it as a template to build the “standard case study template.” When we consider other buildings, we can understand them through comparable qualitative and quantitative metrics developed from the most complete example in existence today. Developing the future of the digital built environment will require intensive study of a number of exemplars.

There is a strong need for case studies to understand the potential for buildings operating in BIM Level 3, and how can we better understand existing buildings in all their technological complexity, with an eye toward capturing best practices for future design, construction and use. The Edge, Amsterdam, is an office building designed by PLP Architecture and developed by OVG Real Estate for Deloitte. It is among the most sustainable buildings in the world, with a BREEAM rating of 98%, and one of the most connected, with tens of thousands of sensors that help control everything from lighting to where people sit each day. The Edge is the closest building in existence to BIM Level 3, and has become a model for Google, Apple, Microsoft, and hospitals considering their next generation of infrastructure. Completed in 2015, continuous upgrading of the “internet of things” capability means that the building is almost at version 2.0.

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This project aims to develop The Edge as a case study for CDBB, not only for the sake of information on the building alone, but also to use it as a template to build the “standard case study template.” When we consider other buildings, we can understand them through comparable qualitative and quantitative metrics developed from the most complete example in existence today. Developing the future of the digital built environment will require intensive study of a number of exemplars.

The building has been well documented in the architectural press, but this would be the first academic study of the project. Our analysis would describe the building, its process, and its connectivity, and abstract that information to produce a generic template for better understanding other example buildings in a way that is qualitatively and quantitatively comparable.

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