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Directions for enhancing BIM maturity in an organizational context

Lopes Maioli, J.A. (2020) Directions for enhancing BIM maturity in an organizational context.

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Abstract:Many organisations from the construction sector experience frustration by facing the differences between the promises and the reality of BIM - a set of interacting policies, processes and technologies that generate a methodology to manage the essential building design and project data in digital format throughout the building's life-cycle. Several benefits can be associated with the use of BIM, such as the gains in the overall quality of the construction due to the higher level of design and construction process integration. In addition, BIM tools provide a careful evaluation of the proposed scheme in order to determine if the functional requirements of the construction are being met. This early evaluation of design alternatives results in gains in the overall quality of the construction. Previous research point out that the major cause for unsuccessful BIM implementation is the lack of strategic planning, in which companies prioritize the deployment of technology instead of the policy, process and people aspects. By tackling the policy aspect, companies elaborate BIM vision and goals in order to orientate itself during BIM implementation, avoiding efforts to be misguided and uncoordinated. By tackling the process aspect, guidelines and work instructions are elaborated in order to document the different uses of BIM, orienting the project teams toward a uniform and standardized way of working, and avoiding knowledge to get lost over time. By tackling the people aspect, companies address one of their most valuable assets: human resources. In order to measure the way BIM implementation is being conducted, organisations can apply maturity models in which different categories and subcategories for BIM implementation are evaluated. From the outcomes of the maturity models, organisations are able to determine what categories should be prioritized and follow with the elaboration of implementation plans to tackle the identified issues. An investigation was carried out at the marine contractor Van Oord, an organisation that has been facing setbacks during BIM implementation. There is no common understanding across the management and tactical levels on BIM, its processes and how its potential to add value to the company’s practices. In addition, BIM implementation has not been implemented strategically considering the four aspects for BIM implementation. The objective of the research was to initially measure Van Oord’s current BIM maturity and provide recommendations in order to assist the company in increasing its BIM level of maturity. This leads to the following research question: What recommendations can be proposed in order to assist a marine contractor in achieving higher levels of BIM maturity? 5 In order to answer the research question, a BIM implementation acceleration plan is developed. This acceleration plan is tailored to the requirements of Van Oord and to its desire to achieve higher levels of BIM maturity via impactful steps. In order to develop the acceleration plan, the research was divided into three phases.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
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