An exploration of the extent, use and success in the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK construction industry

Utiome, Erezi (2010) An exploration of the extent, use and success in the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK construction industry. Masters by Research thesis, The Robert Gordon University.

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Abstract

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been regarded as a one stop shop capable of addressing the ills of the construction industry. Yet, while some firms have accepted BIM as a new way to work and gone on to record success, others (which have not so done) have raised such questions as: ‘How is BIM defined? Is it a tool or a process? Which kinds and sizes of organisations stand to benefit from BIM?’ These questions form the basis of this research.

Hence, having explored the relevant body of literature, this research investigates three organisations within the UK – described as the earliest adopters of BIM – and considers how they have fared in terms of project performance in the years since adopting BIM; focusing on project cost, delivery time and quality achievement. This investigation also probed two of the leading voices in BIM in the UK in search of the much needed answers.

The findings of the research show that successful projects executed in the organisations that have used BIM is predicated on its adoption as a process, rather than as a tool of technology; a process that changes the way work in the construction industry is typically done. Moreover, the successes recorded in the firms researched give credence to project success consequent upon adopting BIM. Nevertheless, the findings of this research show that the cornerstone of this success is leadership-driven innovation.

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ID Code: 73522
Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Research)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Building Information Modelling, Construction, Success, Leadership, BIM, IPD, LEAN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: The Robert Gordon University
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2014 22:41
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 20:49

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