Building Information Modelling, Sensors, and Digital Technologies: Towards the Development of Multidomain Platforms to Monitor the Built Environment


Cosoli Gloria Cosoli

Gloria Cosoli

Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Arnesano Marco Arnesano

Marco Arnesano

Università degli Studi di eCampus, Italy

Revel Gian Marco Revel

Gian Marco Revel

Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Seferi Rifat Seferi

Rifat Seferi

LIS – Live Information System


Monitoring the built environment is fundamental to have holistic information on its general status: from the structural health to the indoor environmental conditions, through the well-being of its occupants. Nowadays the implementations of Building Information Modelling (BIM)-based solutions are constantly expanding for the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings, covering the whole life cycle of a structure. These approaches provide information exploitable also for early warning purposes, which is of particular interest when facing critical/emergency situations, such as in case of natural disasters (e.g., seismic events, floods, etc.). Through the integration of multidomain data from sensors installed in the building itself, it is possible to ease the update of the BIM enriching it with data exploitable for multipurpose monitoring. Also, physiological data coming from wearable sensors worn by the occupants can be integrated to predict the physiological status of the occupants together with their feedback on the environmental conditions. This information is relevant for the optimization of the building energy efficiency and can lead to a top-level management of the built environment, with a view to structural health, energy-related aspects, and also subjective satisfaction with the environmental conditions.

This Special Session aims to promote the latest research contributions in this research field. Original papers are invited to be submitted pointing out studies on the development of sensors, measurement procedures, and digital technologies providing information exploitable to enrich the BIM of a building, potentially enhancing its monitoring and, hence, general performance.
This Special Session is organized in the framework of MULTICLIMACT project (GA n° 101123538), aiming at developing monitoring solutions to improve built environment and human resilience towards natural hazards.


Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:

  • Development of multi-purpose monitoring platforms for the built environment;
  • Enrichment of BIM with data from multidomain sensors;
  • Innovative solutions to improve the built environment;
  • Monitoring solutions for the built environment;
  • The role of Artificial Intelligence in processing data collected in the built environment;
  • Data processing techniques.


Gloria Cosoli, received the B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honors) and the M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering (with honors) from Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM), Ancona, Italy, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She received the Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same university in 2017 with a thesis titled “Study and Development of a Novel Radio Frequency Electromedical Device for the Treatment of Peri-Implantitis: Experimental Performance Analysis, Modelling of the Electromagnetic Interaction with Tissues and In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation”. Since November 2016 to date, she has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (DIISM) of UNIVPM. Her research interests focus on non-invasive physiological measurements and monitoring techniques, thermal and mechanical measurements, non-destructive monitoring techniques, numerical modelling, and signal processing.

Marco Arnesano, PhD in Mechanical and Thermal Measurements from Università Politecnica delle Marche, is an Associate Professor at eCampus University and Coordinator of Industrial Engineering courses (bachelor and master degrees). His research is focused on the development of innovative measurement systems for the built environment: energy and indoor environmental monitoring and control through the application of embedded and IoT sensors, physiological measurements, signal processing and data analysis. Research activities are conducted within European and National projects. He is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications for international journals and conference proceedings.

Gian Marco Revel, is Full Professor in Mechanical and Thermal Measurement at Università Politecnica delle Marche, where he also plays the role of Rector Delegate for European Research. Main research interests are in the field of sensor and measurement technologies for industrial applications, with particular focus on the construction sector, building energy efficiency, in-field material characterization and non-destructive testing. He is Coordinator of the Material&Sustainability Committee of ECTP and Coordinator of the Italian Construction Technology Platform. He is author of more than 200 publications and Scientific Responsible for several projects (in both H2020 and Horizon Europe) in the area of technologies for Energy Efficiency and Materials in Buildings.

Rifat Seferi, graduating in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of the Marche. Security Researcher specializing in IoT/CPS systems and PAN-Networks. Authored presentations at ECPPM2018, eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction and contributed to IEEE discussions on Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. Published IEEE Xplore article on IoT/CPS vulnerabilities and controlled attacks. Thesis on Bluetooth synchronization for Wireless Sensor Networks. Member of the Contamination Lab, actively developing innovative solutions for data integrity. Guest lecturer on IoT and Innovation, speaker at ITASEC on a trustless integrity layer using a lightweight distributed ledger in IoT devices.