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Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM) as a Tool for Heritage Conservation: Observations and Reflections on Data Collection, Management and Use in Research in a Middle Eastern Context

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The rich architectural and urban heritage of Jordan is under continuing threat not only through means of physical attack but also physical disaster, increasing urbanization and a diminishing value from multiple stakeholders such as owners and users. This research study explores the potential of digital technologies in documenting and preserving urban architectural heritage in Jordan. Data was collected from diverse stakeholders on heritage conservation in Jordan. The findings evidence that Building Information Modelling (BIM) has the potential to create a classification system for heritage buildings under threat and set forth the application of legislation and regulations about heritage . The study demonstrated that the collection of data information needs to be understood through the context of cultural sensitivity. Lack of awareness in the value of cultural heritage from local communities exacerbates the diminishing efforts in preserving cultural assets. In collecting information for the documentation of this heritage, this study categorizes the challenges of preserving urban heritage as either hierarchical or cultural. The collection, management and storing of data for digital heritage requires an awareness of the issues of time and the power structures that are involved in their collection and upon which they have a profound effect.


  • Cultural heritage
  • BIM
  • HBIM
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  • Middle East
  • Data collection
  • Culturally sensitive data

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This work was supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Industrial Research Development Fund with the Industry Academia Partnership Programme - 18/19 (project: IT and Conservation of traditional architecture and heritage, IAPP18-19\244). The authors thank all the stakeholders and experts who generously offered their time and expertise to support the data collection, including industrial partners.

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Aburamadan, R., Moustaka, A., Trillo, C., Makore, B.C.N., Udeaja, C., Gyau Baffour Awuah, K. (2021). Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM) as a Tool for Heritage Conservation: Observations and Reflections on Data Collection, Management and Use in Research in a Middle Eastern Context. In: Rauterberg, M. (eds) Culture and Computing. Interactive Cultural Heritage and Arts. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12794. Springer, Cham.

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