N. 6 of the magazine is a special issue, for all those who have worked for its organization, management and dissemination.

In fact, on 7th April 2020, ANVUR announces that Dn. Building Information Modeling, Data & Semantics is recognized as a scientific journal:

Application evaluation outcome for the DN journal

Dear editor,

as required by art. 4 of Annex D of Ministerial Decree 120/2016 (Decree of Criteria and Parameters for National Scientific Qualification) ANVUR has concluded the preliminary phase relating to the evaluation of your application for the purposes of classification of the journal.

To this end, ANVUR made use of the opinion of qualified experts in the respective scientific sectors for examination of the classification revision requests presented through the specific CINECA interface by 23rd June 2019 according to methods and criteria set out in ANVUR Regulation for the classification of journals in non-bibliometric Areas, approved with the Governing Council Resolution no. 42 of 20/2/2019.

We therefore inform you that, on the basis of the preliminary assessment carried out, the application you submitted is accepted with the following reasons:

Area: 08

recognized scientificity

Last lines, in particular, are those that make us understand how the group that strongly wanted the foundation of the magazine (composed of: Cecilia Maria Bolognesi, Tommaso Empler, Laura Inzerillo, Massimiliano Lo Turco, Sandro Parrinello, Francesco Ruperto, Cettina Santagati , Graziano Mario Valenti) and believed in its potential, saw in the right direction and was able to stimulate the scientific community to propose contributions of interest and recognized quality. But as always happens, success is never for the individual, but for the whole team, from the publisher who believed in the initiative (Dei – Tipografia del Genio Civile, in the people of Giuseppe Rufo and Clorinda Protti), to those who work of drafting, visual and editing (in particular Alexandra Fusinetti).

However, last two lines are also a warning to continue, to improve, the spur to stay focused on the goal that the magazine has set itself since its inception:

Building Information Modeling (BIM), along with UNI 2017 standards and operative recommendations by BIM Handbook, has been recognized as the key information tool for digitalization in the building field.

The magazine Dn  represents a unique experience at national level. It addresses specific themes through an unprecedented analytical approach. It presents a varied selection of methods, technologies and instruments clearly defined to “build right and allow people to live”.

Magazine content is quite diversified. It presents exploratory approaches in the field of H-BIM, aimed at a correct digitization of historical heritage, and a number of virtuous examples of good practices for the implementation of major building interventions, characterized by marked process innovations, a description of operational proposals and related applications in the managing and maintenance area.

N. 6 of the magazine opens a new season, the one where it is necessary to be deserving of the scientific recognition just received and this happening in the post Covid-19 period whose legacy finally seems to be a clearance of issues related to digital as well as to green and research.

For this reason, selected papers are deliberately heterogeneous, to show the magazine’s potential to range between apparently distant topics, but where the inherent contents of the words “Building Information Modeling, Data & Semantics” are well present and recognizable within a digital transformation of  practices of disciplines that move around the built environment.

Paradigms vary, as the almost infinite so-called “Uses of BIM” change, ranging between Modeling and Management, between the contribution and interest of representation discipline to the theme of BIM and HBIM (Francesca Fatta), to the definition of new AECO sector rules, for both teaching and assessment, considering the importance of new management parameters and focusing attention on “digital value” of education sector (Fonsati, Del Giudice, Zanor).

From how digitization is faced in the design and building processes of bespoke architectural envelopes, built internationally, in markets that are also very different from each other, with the point of view of a BIM Manager (Christian Florian), to the use of software parameters for executive design of complex facades to structure project reality and develop communication tools for production and construction phases, according to an adequate representation of the complexity of the contents (Vescovi), up to the importance of relationship between complex form and realization efficiency in the light of remarkable development of digital manufacturing techniques, where algorithmic modeling takes on a central role as it can satisfy both aesthetic and production needs (Calvano, Mancini).

From verification and validation procedures of highly complex BIM oriented projects, through description of operational strategies that allow to control and preserve the quality of graphical-alphanumeric attributes that can be reused even during the life cycle of the product (Lo Turco, Tomalini), to GIM protocol, as an approach for maintenance management, through creation of a digital twin interconnected to existing building (Di Ciaccio, Rossini, Maroder).

Three-dimensional modeling, aimed at the representation of urban contexts, closely linked to theme of communicating information inherent to constructive, typological and technological characteristics of  historic city (Parrinello, De Marco, Galasso).

Finally, use of virtual reality for autism shows a potential for inclusion and communication with the aim of obtaining a communication tool useful for all (Pecora).

Therefore, n.6 of the magazine also confirms the vocation of Dn to propose itself as a privileged observatory of a transition to digital, whose contours and areas of reference are all to be explored and where traditional disciplinary sectors are different, from architecture to engineering, from information technology to project management, tend to mix in a common search for the extraction of “Value” (economic, cultural, environmental, etc.) from “Data”.

Tommaso Empler, Francesco Ruperto