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Collaborating with BIM : a qualitative research on the BIM practices at the Ruwbouw Groep

Bašić, M. (2017) Collaborating with BIM : a qualitative research on the BIM practices at the Ruwbouw Groep.

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Abstract:Introduction: The client of this research is DRBG. This is a construction company that constructs prefab floors and walls. DRBG has big projects and deals with a big part of the lifecycle of their products. For this reason they have implemented BIM into their projects. They work based on Open BIM principles and conform the basis ILS. BIM stands for Building Information Modelling and is a process of collaboration and information exchange. Theoretical framework: The first aim of the literature review was to investigate what the scope of BIM was and to form a personal opinion about this. During this report, BIM will be seen as a dynamic process that needs input from all the involved stakeholders in order to fulfil its full benefit. The focus will be on BIM as means of sharing the data during the entire lifecycle process and on reaching further than just a 3D model. The applications of BIM range from improved visualisation to enabling more accurate calculations. The benefits and difficulties from the research are divided into three categories: organisational, technical and human. Research design: The objectives of this research were to: investigate the sources and root causes of male-practices in BIM implementation, to investigate what the current BIM implementation practices at DRBG are, when the difficulties occur and what kind of difficulties occur and to identify the areas of improvement in the BIM implementation process and suggest the improvements that could be made. To meet these objectives, a literature study was performed, along with internal and external interviews and finally an analysis of the results. The current BIM process at DRBG: The most important difference between a BIM project and a standard project was the decline of failure costs. This is caused by the improved visualisation and the improved impact analysis. Moreover, there has been a shift in the information exchange, moving it to the early stages of a project. Another shift has taken place in the workload, also moving it to the beginning phase. Found impediments can be categorised into five themes: inadequate information exchange, poor understanding of BIM by partners, protocol issues, unclarity about the new division of roles and finally hard- and software issues. Assessment of the results: The recommendations that were given for the found impediments include an early determination whether a project is BIM and which LOD variant will be followed. Moreover, a restructuring of the website could help improve information exchange. In order to solve the impediment that arises due to poor BIM understanding, it is important that DRBG shares their DRBG expertise with their partners. When it comes to the issues with the BIM protocol, the creation of standard teams could help, as well as scaling the customers to their BIM expertise and making it more appealing to them to follow the protocol and deliver a good model. Furthermore, the goal and usefulness of the training should be communicated more clearly, the Solibri checks should be monitored and analysed and internal surveys should be held to boost the innovation. The recommendations that had the least cost and most benefit are the creation of standard teams and the restructuring of the internal trainings.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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