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BIM or BIM data supporting construction logistics in a Construction Project Logistics System (CPLS) within an inner-city project context

Ee, T. van (2020) BIM or BIM data supporting construction logistics in a Construction Project Logistics System (CPLS) within an inner-city project context.

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Abstract:Inner-city construction logistics causes several challenges from both the perspectives of municipalities regarding city-mobility as well as contractors in regards to reaching projects goals in terms of time and costs. Scholars devoted substantial effort to improve construction logistics and pointed out the opportunities of BIM-application within this context in providing best-practices. This study provides for a modular logistics system to obtain an effective Construction Logistics Management (CLM) organisation for inner-city projects. This, by adopting those best practices that are relevant for the context of the project. Qualitative research is conducted by using an in-depth case study on a large inner-city project to collect field notes for four months on a full-time base. Archival research is performed within the same period and eleven semi-structured interviews are conducted. The inner-city context requires an explicit level of control as there is little room for deviations. Therefore, a Construction Project Logistics System (CPLS-framework) is developed emphasising logistical process control including three dimensions: A governance strategy for project-based CLM in which a strategic, tactical, and an operational level are defined, an element of production control which is provided by Last Planner Systems (LPS), and an element of production system improvement by introducing the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)-cycle of Deming. This framework is used to capture the planned and the operational logistics process on the case-project. Subsequently, a gap analysis is performed for which a set of People, Process, Technology and Contracts and liabilities (PPTC-framework) conditions are used. The results of the gap analysis provides a list of 23 barriers for the adoption of a BIM-based CPLS. It is concluded that the CPLS-framework can be used as a tool to design and obtain effective CLM on inner-city construction projects. The framework provides great flexibility in the design of a logistics system which can be tailored to the context of the project it is applied to. Besides, three enabling conditions have been derived for an effective implementation of a BIM-based CPLS using the comprehensive list of barriers, which are: knowledge requirements, process and procedures, and contracts and liabilities.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
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