Building Information Modelling (BIM) is being debated, tested and implemented wherever you look across the built environment sector. This book is about Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM), which necessarily differs from the commonplace applications of BIM to new construction.

Where BIM is being used, the focus is still very much on design and construction. However, its use as an operational and management tool for existing buildings, particularly heritage buildings, is lagging behind.

The first of its kind, this book aims to clearly define the scope for HBIM and present cutting-edge research findings alongside international case studies, before outlining challenges for the future of HBIM research and practice.

After an extensive introduction to HBIM, the core themes of the book are arranged into four parts:

  • Restoration philosophies in practice
  • Data capture and visualisation for maintenance and repair
  • Building performance
  • Stakeholder engagement

This book will be a key reference for built environment practitioners, researchers, academics and students engaged in BIM, HBIM, building energy modelling, building surveying, facilities management and heritage conservation more widely.

chapter 1|5 pages


ByJohn Counsell, Yusuf Arayici

chapter 2|9 pages

It’s BIM – but not as we know it!

ByJohn Edwards

chapter 3|17 pages

What are the goals of HBIM?

ByJohn Counsell, Tim Taylor

chapter 4|14 pages

Heritage and time

Mapping what is not there
ByDavid Littlefield

chapter 5|4 pages

From history to heritage

Viollet-le-Duc’s concept on historic preservation
ByKhaled Dewidar

chapter 7|14 pages

Capturing heritage data with 3D laser scanners

Antony Pidduck
Edited ByYusuf Arayici, John Counsell, Lamine Mahdjoubi, Gehan Nagy, Soheir Hawas, Khaled Dewidar

chapter 8|27 pages

Evaluation of historic masonry

Towards greater objectivity and efficiency
ByEnrique Valero, Frédéric Bosché, Alan Forster, Lyn Wilson, Alick Leslie

chapter 9|12 pages

HBIM applications in Egyptian heritage sites

ByYasmine Sabry Hegazi

chapter 10|19 pages

Planning of sustainable bridges using building information modeling

ByMohamed Marzouk, Mohamed Hisham

chapter 11|22 pages

Jeddah Heritage Building Information Modelling (JHBIM)

ByAhmad Baik, Jan Boehm

chapter 12|36 pages

Algorithmic approaches to BIM modelling from reality

ByEbenhaeser Joubert, Yusuf Arayici

chapter 13|13 pages

HBIM and environmental simulation

Possibilities and challenges
ByHusam Bakr Khalil

chapter 14|15 pages

Green BIM in heritage building

Integrating Building Energy Models (BEM) with Building Information Modeling (BIM) for sustainable retrofit of heritage buildings
ByLaila Khodeir

chapter 15|6 pages

HBIM, a case study perspective for building performance

ByYusuf Arayici

chapter 16|18 pages

From LiDAR data towards HBIM for energy analysis

ByLucía Díaz-Vilariño, Pawel Boguslawski, Miguel Azenha, Lamine Mahdjoubi, Paulo B. Lourenço, Pedro Arias

chapter 17|15 pages

Participatory sensing for community engagement with HBIM

ByJohn Counsell, Gehan Nagy

chapter 18|12 pages

Development of OntEIR framework to support heritage clients

ByShadan Dwairi, Lamine Mahdjoubi

chapter 19|7 pages


ByYusuf Arayici, John Counsell, Lamine Mahdjoubi