Scope of Work

The scope of the work covers the semantic description of locations, assets and operations relating to the design, construction & operation of maritime facilities. The extent of maritime infrastructure and the constituent elements that form maritime facilities are depicted in below.

(please note Offshore wind turbines/platforms & subsea cables/pipelines are not included within this project but do form part of the maritime infrastructure domain).

IFC for Ports & Waterways Scope


Locations describe the different functional areas that are combined to form a harbour or port facility, but equally can exist as individual facilities or assets themselves. Above depicts how a combination of locations within a network of waterways can be combined to form a modern port facility. Locations within ports are broken down into two main areas water locations and land locations.

Land Locations

  1. Cruise & Ferry facilities
  2. Shipyards
  3. Military Facilities
  4. Freight Facilities (bulk, containerized & Roll-on-Roll-off (Ro-Ro) cargo)
  5. Transition Zones – where people, goods & services move from water to land or vice versa
    1. Wharfs
    2. Berths
    3. Marinas
  6. Access & transport- for movement around and through the Facility
    1. Roads*
    2. Rail*
    3. Tunnels*
    4. Bridges*
    5. Entrance Gates
  7. Intermodal yards and storage
  8. Coastal management

Water Locations

  1. External Waters
    1. Harbour Access
    2. Outside Anchorage
  2. Harbour Waters
    1. Harbour Channels
    2. U-Turn Waters
    3. Harbour Anchorage
    4. Basins

 * These locations are referenced as forming a part of a port but are developed by the other existing BuildingSMART projects.

Products and Physical Entities

These are the physically built components (grouped as products and systems) of a port or harbour facility this is a list of items that will be considered within the project, this is not a comprehensive list of all physical entities within a port facility.

  1. Vehicles, goods & Cargo
  2. Operable Equipment
    1. Locks
    2. Tidal gates
    3. Cranes
    4. Ship-lifts
  3. Man-made Structures
    1. Breakwaters
    2. Quays, Jetties, piers, pontoons
  4. Enhanced natural features such as geo-strengthening
  5. Natural Features
  6. Geology & Strata (interfaces)
  7. Hydrology & Tides
  8. Flora and Fauna


Whilst the modelling of construction and operational processes to be used are already within the existing scope of IFC, additional consideration is needed to the dynamic nature of interfaces with oceans and seas and the effect it has on geology, an initial breakdown identifies:

  1. Metocean concepts
    1. Tides
    2. Waves
    3. Wind
  2. Geology
    1. Silting/deposition
    2. Erosion/deposition
    3. Water Tables
  3. Operable equipment
    1. Locks, tidal gates, cranes & ship-lifts
    2. Vehicles & ships
  4. Pontoons and floating harbour structures

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