Uniclass 2015 for Smart Cities

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    Gelder, John
    2020 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Practice Based & Interdisciplinary Design & Research


Smart Cities (and Smart Precincts) entails the digital interconnection of a vast array of objects. These objects include smart buildings and smart infrastructure – digital twins – and their components. Rather than starting from scratch, those involved in the development of standards for Smart Cities are looking to the development of standards for building information modelling (BIM) for guidance. The UK is widely regarded as having set the framework for standardisation in its push towards BIM Level 2 for rollout in 2016, with the result that many of its standards are being adopted internationally.

One such standard is the classification system, Uniclass 2015, which is being adopted in Australia. Smart Cities does not have such a classification system. Uniclass 2015 is a good candidate as it already covers object classes from Complexes down to Products, across all sectors (buildings, landscapes, civil engineering, process engineering). However, it needs to be extended to properly serve Smart Cities. It particularly needs coherent tables for Regions (including cities) and Districts (including precincts). In this paper some specific proposals for these two tables are made.

Keywords: Classification; Uniclass 2015; Smart Cities; Smart Precincts.


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