Building Information Modelling (BIM) maturity-benefits assessment relationship framework for UK construction clients

Dakhil, AJ 2017, Building Information Modelling (BIM) maturity-benefits assessment relationship framework for UK construction clients , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is defined as an approach to building design, construction, and operation through modelling technology, associated sets of processes and people to produce, communicate and analyse building information models. The implementation of BIM is projected to improve the efficiency of the design, construction, and operation of an asset through 3D visualisation, integrated and automated drawing production, intelligent documentation and information retrieval, consistent data and information, automated conflict detection and automated material take off. Despite the considerable value that BIM can add to any project, it has been noted that BIM prevented to be widely implemented due to the lack of clients’ demand. The lack of BIM understanding and the initial cost of BIM implementation represent the main barriers which clients always hesitate to use BIM. To overcome these difficulties, clients have to understand their roles in the BIM implementation process and also provide the requirements that will enable them to use BIM effectively and realise the desired benefits of BIM. These requirements have been identified as competencies. The lack of using these competencies inside the UK has raised questions about why together with the suitability of using them within the UK. In addition, the lack of presenting these competencies with relation to the benefits increase clients concerns about the feasibility of having these competencies. The aim of this research was therefore set out to support client organisations in the UK to implement BIM effectively by establishing BIM maturity competencies–BIM uses benefits assessment relationship for the UK construction client. The research engaged a multiple-case-studies approach to validate the proposed BIM maturity competencies list and online questionnaire to validate the relationship between BIM maturity competencies and BIM uses benefits. Data from each case was analysed by using a content analysis technique before being cross-analysed to determine the patterns of the interviews’ manuscripts. In addition, the online questionnaire was analysed using correlation techniques. The findings were then discussed and theoretically validated to produce a conceptual framework.

The research reveals 19 competencies that can support clients in their BIM implementation. Furthermore, this research identified two key relationships. Firstly, the relationship between clients’ roles and BIM maturity competencies and secondly, the relationship between BIM maturity competencies and BIM uses benefits. Finally, this research has resulted in the development a conceptual framework to assess the relationship between BIM maturity and BIM benefits.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ammar Jasim Dakhil
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 08:58
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 08:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42554

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