BIM : enabling sustainability and asset management through knowledge management

Kivits, Robbert Anton & Furneaux, Craig W. (2013) BIM : enabling sustainability and asset management through knowledge management. The Scientific World Journal, 2013, pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the use of virtual building information models to develop building design solutions and design documentation and to analyse construction processes. Recent advances in IT have enabled advanced knowledge management, which in turn facilitates sustainability and improves asset management in the civil construction industry. There are several important qualifiers and some disadvantages of the current suite of technologies. This paper outlines the benefits, enablers, and barriers associated with BIM and makes suggestions about how these issues may be addressed. The paper highlights the advantages of BIM, particularly the increased utility and speed, enhanced fault finding in all construction phases, and enhanced collaborations and visualisation of data. The paper additionally identifies a range of issues concerning the implementation of BIM as follows: IP, liability, risks, and contracts and the authenticity of users. Implementing BIM requires investment in new technology, skills training, and development of new ways of collaboration and Trade Practices concerns. However, when these challenges are overcome, BIM as a new information technology promises a new level of collaborative engineering knowledge management, designed to facilitate sustainability and asset management issues in design, construction, asset management practices, and eventually decommissioning for the civil engineering industry.

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ID Code: 64218
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Article number: 983721
Keywords: Sustainability, Asset management, knowledge management
DOI: 10.1155/2013/983721
ISSN: 1537-744X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 R. A. Kivits and C. Furneaux.
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution
License,which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the originalwork is properly cited.
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2013 22:24
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2013 21:15

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