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Developing a framework for the implementation of BIM in Dutch infrastructure tendering

Huijben, J. (2020) Developing a framework for the implementation of BIM in Dutch infrastructure tendering.

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Abstract:Every Dutch public infrastructure project above the price of 5,548,000 EUR has to be put out for a request for a tender. Large amounts of information have to be produced in a short amount of time with a new team within the tender phase. This information is not only needed to provide a correct budget estimate, but also to score points on the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT)-criteria. BIM can be applied to structure the information and produce a high qualitative bid. However, in practice, BIM is applied in an ad hoc way during the tender, and an extensive scientific basis about this phase is missing. Therefore, this study aims to develop a systematic BIM implementation framework, which will (1) help determine the scope of the implementation of BIM during the tender procedure and (2) show which steps, in relation to BIM, to take during the tender. A case study is executed to develop the framework with fifteen individual interviews with different disciplines and one group interview. The main findings of the case study are: that BIM should only be applied to support the bid; clear agreements should be developed at the start of the tender; participants should be involved through the entire process; the quality of BIM should be high; the process should be efficient; and after the bid has been won, the model should be updated. A framework was developed based on these findings. This includes four different main modules: developing a BIM-strategy; developing a BIM-model; developing bid aspects; and after the bid is submitted. A validation is performed to determine whether the framework is usable and meets the main requirements. This showed that although some minor adjustments have to be implemented, the proposed framework is functional and can be of added value at the start of a tender whenever BIM is considered.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
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