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Building information modelling project decision support framework

London, Kerry, Singh, Vishal, Taylor, Claudelle, Gu, Ning and Brankovic, Ljiljana 2008, Building information modelling project decision support framework, in Twenty-Fourth annual ARCOM conference 2008, ARCOM (Association of Researchers in Construction Management), Reading, England, pp. 665-674.

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Title Building information modelling project decision support framework
Author(s) London, Kerry
Singh, Vishal
Taylor, Claudelle
Gu, Ning
Brankovic, Ljiljana
Conference name ARCOM. Conference (24th : 2006 : Cardiff, England)
Conference location Cardiff, England
Conference dates 1- 3 September 2008
Title of proceedings Twenty-Fourth annual ARCOM conference 2008
Editor(s) Dainty, Andrew
Publication date 2008
Conference series Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference
Start page 665
End page 674
Publisher ARCOM (Association of Researchers in Construction Management)
Place of publication Reading, England
Keyword(s) building information modelling
diffusion adoption
information management
information technology
management information systems
research methods
Summary Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an information technology [IT] enabled approach to managing design data in the AEC/FM (Architecture, Engineering and Construction/ Facilities Management) industry. BIM enables improved interdisciplinary collaboration across distributed teams, intelligent documentation and information retrieval, greater consistency in building data, better conflict detection and enhanced facilities management. Despite the apparent benefits the adoption of BIM in practice has been slow. Workshops with industry focus groups were conducted to identify the industry needs, concerns and expectations from participants who had implemented BIM or were BIM “ready”. Factors inhibiting BIM adoption include lack of training, low business incentives, perception of lack of rewards, technological concerns, industry fragmentation related to uneven ICT adoption practices, contractual matters and resistance to changing current work practice. Successful BIM usage depends on collective adoption of BIM across the different disciplines and support by the client. The relationship of current work practices to future BIM scenarios was identified as an important strategy as the participants believed that BIM cannot be efficiently used with traditional practices and methods. The key to successful implementation is to explore the extent to which current work practices must change. Currently there is a perception that all work practices and processes must adopt and change for effective usage of BIM. It is acknowledged that new roles and responsibilities are emerging and that different parties will lead BIM on different projects. A contingency based approach to the problem of implementation was taken which relies upon integration of BIM project champion, procurement strategy, team capability analysis, commercial software availability/applicability and phase decision making and event analysis. Organizations need to understand: (a) their own work processes and requirements; (b) the range of BIM applications available in the market and their capabilities (c) the potential benefits of different BIM applications and their roles in different phases of the project lifecycle, and (d) collective supply chain adoption capabilities. A framework is proposed to support organizations selection of BIM usage strategies that meet their project requirements. Case studies are being conducted to develop the framework. The results of the preliminary design management case study is presented for contractor led BIM specific to the design and construct procurement strategy.
ISBN 9780955239014
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2008
Free to Read? Yes
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