The Interaction of lean and building information modeling in construction

Sacks, Rafael, Koskela, Lauri, Dave, Bhargav A., & Owen, Robert L. (2010) The Interaction of lean and building information modeling in construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(9), pp. 968-980.

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Abstract

Lean construction and building information modeling (BIM) are quite different initiatives, but both are having profound impacts on the construction industry. A rigorous analysis of the myriad specific interactions between them indicates that a synergy exists which, if properly understood in theoretical terms, can be exploited to improve construction processes beyond the degree to which it might be improved by application of either of these paradigms independently. Using a matrix that juxtaposes BIM functionalities with prescriptive lean construction principles, 56 interactions have been identified, all but four of which represent constructive interaction. Although evidence for the majority of these has been found, the matrix is not considered complete but rather a framework for research to explore the degree of validity of the interactions. Construction executives, managers, designers, and developers of information technology systems for construction can also benefit from the framework as an aid to recognizing the potential synergies when planning their lean and BIM adoption strategies.

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ID Code: 71039
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Computer Aided Design, Construction Management, Information Technology, Lean Construction
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000203
ISSN: 0733-9364
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2015 23:21
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 03:21

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