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BIM Adoption Roadmap for Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Projects


A. Fakhimi, J. Majrouhi Sardrood, A. Mazroi, S. R. Ghoreishi & S. Azhar

Construction industry in comparison to other industries has achieved less productivity and effectivity during the last few decades. Lean Construction (LC) philosophy, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method and recently Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies helped raising the productivity and effectivity of the construction industry via introducing new and improved processes. Adopting and implementing BIM provides accurate digital information to undertake efficient and effective planning and execution of the complex construction projects.

Today, use of BIM in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries has been institutionalized insofar as some developed countries developed their BIM guidelines and instructions. It is believed that BIM as a mighty conceptual strategy could be implemented in the lifecycle of Non-Building projects, too. To steer the researchers and practitioners' directions, this research has been conducted to explain capabilities of BIM when used for Non-Building projects especially in the process plants and the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical (OGP) projects. To achieve the mentioned goals, a widespread literature survey on adopting and implementing BIM in the AEC industry lifecycle including the benefits, barriers and challenges as well as expert interviews with OGP industry firms were conducted. Finally, Challenges and prerequisites that should be addressed before getting full benefits of BIM in the OGP industry are highlighted.

This study looks for the subject of Building Information Modeling on the OGP industry and tries to provide a roadmap for BIM adoption for Oil, Gas and Petrochemical (OGP) Industry firms. The research is planned as a kind of applied research methodology entitled development research and uses reflective practice method based on the Gibbs - Reflective Cycle model including description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and the action plan. In this regards, the research divided to three part.

At the first part the benefits, drawbacks (barriers) and challenges of BIM, alongside BIM research directions concerning the AEC and Non-Building industries are highlighted. Moreover, the capabilities and challenges of BIM in OGP have been investigated via literature survey and interviewing the experts of OGP firms. Finally, the most important prerequisites for implementing BIM in the OGP are introduced [].

The second part focusses to introduce BIM adoption roadmap for OGP firms. BIM adoption along with IPD in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry is being investigated in this step. The research was designed in the context of OGP firm so that it would be possible to evaluate the results using the views of experts.

Finally, the evaluation stage of the results in the form of roadmap implementation in a realistic case will be done in the third part of the study.

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