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The Benefits, Obstacles and Problems of Practical Bim Implementation

 

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Abstract

"The rapid development of Information Technologies in Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry (AEC), as well as in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner/Operator (AECO), are consistently changing the definition of Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM technology takes new meanings, highlighting the generic concepts of this universal determination for product deliverables build on usage of building intellectual 3D virtual model associated with this processes like project inception, design, evaluation, construction, operation and demolition. In his article, the authors review the stages and trends of BIM concept development presenting the case studies of four real projects in which elements of BIM technology have been adopted by project participants reviewing benefits as well as obstacles and problems of practical BIM implementation providing recommendations for future applications of BIM."

1. Introduction

"The BIM (Building Information Modeling) can be treated as advanced evolution of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and implementation of BIM technology will contribute to greater construction industry efficiencies through increased collaboration between different project participants, less collisions and repeat work on corrections and adjustments. Extensive research and development in academia and industry has brought many powerful and practical building information modeling tools for analysis, design and detailing. These Digital Construction (DC) tools can be adopted by big or medium size design companies and are in use separately for solving different tasks, however software tools alone are insufficient for efficient BIM implementation . Drastic changes in term of work practices, staff skills, relations with client and participants of project implementation team as well as contractual arrangements are required in order to have successful BIM implementation. Practically project teams consist of members with different level of BIM methodology knowledge. Therefore, BIM implementation process must break some borders and overcome obstacles of different nature. The obstacles are greater in small markets, where design and construction companies are small and have not enough resources to obtain and maintain theoretical BIM methodology. We will bring practical BIM implementation case, performed in environment with very low level of BIM methodology knowledge and high wish of project team members to work traditionally (without BIM). The case relates to the experiences gained by one team of BIM technology users in four projects with different contractual and management environment. The information collected by the team enabled as to form some practical recommendations for BIM implementation plans."

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