FIG Peer Review Journal


Harnessing BIM for 3D Digital Management of Stratified Ownership Rights in Buildings (7968)

Behnam Atazadeh, Mohsen Kalantari, Abbas Rajabifard, Tom Champion and Serene Ho (Australia)
Mr. Behnam Atazadeh
PhD Student
Department of Infrastructure Engineering
University of Melbourne
Centre for SDIs and Land Administration
University of Melbourne
Corresponding author Mr. Behnam Atazadeh (email: batazadeh[at], tel.: +61 3 8344 4431)

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Published on the web 2016-03-01
Received 2015-11-10 / Accepted 2016-02-01
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2016
ISBN 978-87-92853-52-3 ISSN 2307-4086


With the growing dominance of high-rise building structures and complex infrastructure in urban areas, land administration systems are facing new challenges for managing ownership rights in complex urban environments. Ownership spaces defined by irregular physical structures inside high-rise buildings may not be effectively communicated via flat and 2D-based representations. Therefore, land administration systems are seeking to adopt 3D digital approaches for managing and representing complex ownership rights. On the other hand, there has been a significant leap in the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. As an integrated and 3D digital information repository, BIM provides many benefits and resource savings in comparison with 2D-based modes of information communication, facilitating collaboration among different AEC actors throughout the development cycle of buildings. BIM models provide a rich amount of 3D spatial and semantic information about buildings; however, information about ownership rights within buildings has not yet been meshed into BIM models. This paper suggests that a BIM based approach can be used as a possible solution to overcome current challenges of managing ownership rights in high-rise buildings. 3D ownership data elements have been investigated and implemented within a prototype BIM model for a high-rise building in Melbourne. The prototype demonstrates the feasibility of using BIM models for managing complex ownership rights in a 3D digital data environment.
Keywords: Digital cadastre; Cadastre; Building information model; 3D ownership information; Complex building structures; Subdivision plans; 3D digital data environment