Digital Obeya Room: exploring the synergies between BIM and lean for visual construction management

  • Daniel Nascimento
  • Rodrigo Caiado
  • Guilherme TortorellaEmail author
  • Paulo Ivson
  • Marcelo Meiriño
Case Study


Industrial construction management increasingly needs to integrate processes, technologies, and people to support strategic objectives and seeks to eliminate waste to achieve more efficient results. From this, the synergistic use of building information modeling (BIM) and lean construction (LC) principles can bring continuous improvements to the construction industry. This paper proposes a novel methodology for interdisciplinary management of construction projects by integrating BIM into LC. First, the study presents a literature review of BIM and lean methods and tools. Afterward, the research proposes the Digital Obeya Room framework for visual management of industrial pipelines manufacturing. A real-world application evaluates this new proposal on production planning and control of an industrial construction. From this experiment, the study presents results from a focus group that correlates the applied BIM functionalities and lean principles with the PDCA stages of industrial construction. This paper contributes to planning predictability, integration among stakeholders and usage of lean and BIM for continuous improvement of engineering management.


BIM Construction projects Interdisciplinary management Lean construction PDCA 



The study was funded by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Edital Universal 2016).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Nascimento
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Caiado
    • 2
  • Guilherme Tortorella
    • 3
    Email author
  • Paulo Ivson
    • 1
  • Marcelo Meiriño
    • 2
  1. 1.Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - (PUC-RJ)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal FluminenseRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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