Despite the growing interest in building information modelling (BIM) in the built environment, its impact on the heritage sector has so far received little attention. Yet Heritage BIM (HBIM) has been hailed to offer several benefits for the heritage industry, including improved preservation, communication and collaboration, interpretation, curation, and narration. In addition to a better support for restoration philosophies, HBIM may also help with enhancing data capture and management; better informed and effective maintenance and repair, widening public participation and engagement, improved energy performance, as well as enhanced resilience in the face of climate change.

The central issue in this conference is to identify how existing and emerging digital technologies can be harnessed and developed to support the heritage industry. The conference offers a unique forum, bringing together experts from the heritage industry as well as those who are involved in cutting edge research and development in technologies applied to the heritage sector.

Invited presentations from experts in the field of Heritage BIM will be examining and debating some of the following topics:

  • Cultural heritage and BM
  • HBIM lifecycle management.
  • HBIM and risk analysis and management.
  • HBIM and advanced visualisation methods and techniques, including virtual, mixed, and augmented reality.
  • Advances in data capture of heritage assets.
  • Advances in detection of deterioration and monitoring of built assets.
  • Interpretation of heritage assets.
  • Curation of built heritage.
  • HBIM and lifecycle management.
  • HBIM standards.
  • HBIM and interoperability.
  • HBIM cost control.
  • HBIM and climate change.


The HBIM Project

This conference is organised by the partners of the HBIM Project, an international project led by UWE, Bristol, and involving Salford University, the British University of Egypt, Cairo University, as well as various heritage organisations.  The project conducted a number of case studies of acquiring and building up HBIM models of existing heritage buildings and equipping them with building performance monitoring systems, studied the implications for the heritage practice, and delivered an open source digital platform to serve as an example and future basis for development of HBIM software. The developed HBIM platform is to be presented during the conference, and further technical details are awaiting publication in an academic journal.