Sustainable Development of Heritage Areas: Towards Cyber-Physical Systems Integration in Extant Heritage Buildings and Planning Conservation




Although architectural heritage reflects the evolution of human civilization throughout history, nevertheless, civilized and social changes of heritage areas in many countries led to their degradation. Historical building management and planning conservation raise two important issues: the restoration and improvement of historical areas features and adopting a framework of sustainable development in heritage regions. Recently a number of processes have arose to aid in the aforementioned problems, namely the heritage building information modelling (HBIM) and the  cyber-physical systems approach (CPS), where the latter is believed to  achieve great potentials hereby integrating virtual models and physical construction and  enabling bidirectional coordination. Since HBIM has recently been investigated through a number of recent research and application, the aim of this paper is to explore the potentials offered by the CPS, to move from 3D content model to bi-dimensional coordination for achieving efficient management of built heritage. To tackle the objective of this paper, firstly, a review of the BIM use in the field of cultural heritage  was undergone, Secondly, reporting the existing BIM/HBIM platforms, analyzing cyber-physical systems integration in extant heritage buildings and in planning conservation were performed. Results of this paper took the form of detailed comparative analysis between both CPS and HBIM, which could guide decision makers working in the field of heritage buildings management, in addition to shedding light on the main potentials of the emerging CPS.

Author Biographies

Laila Mohamed Khodeir, British University in Egypt /Ain Shams University

Dr. Laila Khodeir, is an associate professor of architecture. she earned her master’s degree sustainable design in 2005. her phd, in the year 2010, addressed” facility and maintenance management. “ she has been involved in teaching up – to-date courses in a variety or correlated disciplines; building services and sustainable design, building construction and management, project management and architecture design.

Hebatallah Emam Soliman, Ain Shams University

Hebatallah Soliman (*1990, Germany) obtained her Bachelor degree from the Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University in 2013. She was assigned as a Teaching Assistant in the same faculty. Since 2014, she is researching on a long term case studies on sustainable development of heritage areas. Furthermore, her masters jury and thesis defense was held on 2nd November 2016 entitled "Sustainable Development of Heritage Areas.




How to Cite

Khodeir, L. M., & Soliman, H. E. (2017). Sustainable Development of Heritage Areas: Towards Cyber-Physical Systems Integration in Extant Heritage Buildings and Planning Conservation. International Journal of Recent Contributions from Engineering, Science & IT (iJES), 5(1), pp. 40–53.