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A review of construction management challenges and BIM-based solutions: perspectives from the schedule, cost, quality, and safety management

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Efficient project delivery in the context of contemporary construction management is dependent on large volumes of data. However, due to pertinent challenges underlying implementation, easy access to key construction management data remains a significant hurdle. Management is quickly transforming to facilitate the employment of predictive decision-making methods, wherein the digitalization of construction data functions as a crucial component. The Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry has been trailing behind in the implementation of modern management concepts as well as novel technologies. However, it is vital to re-engineer construction management to be on par with other related industries, such as manufacturing, oil, and gas. The advent of Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been attributed to the paradigm shift that construction management is currently undergoing. BIM is a platform equipped with unique and effective tools to support the implementation of management techniques. This research critically reviews challenges plaguing conventional construction management and decision-making solutions for construction management as devised by BIM. This review focuses on construction management’s four key bottom lines (i.e., schedule, cost, quality, and safety management) and how a BIM-based construction management platform helps monitor these aspects. This review revealed that the primary focus of the researchers was to develop BIM-based automated prediction models and enhance communication and collaboration among project participants. Based on the findings of this research, a BIM-based construction decision-making framework was proposed. This roadmap provides construction organizations with the information required to implement a BIM-based decision support system for project management. Finally, the research identified several knowledge gaps and the potential for future research.

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Mohammadsaeid Parsamehr, Udara Sachinthana Perera, Tharindu C. Dodanwala, and Piyaruwan Perera designed the study, analyzed the data, and drafted the article. Rajeev Ruparathna provided critical feedback and helped shape the research, analysis, and manuscript.

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Parsamehr, M., Perera, U.S., Dodanwala, T.C. et al. A review of construction management challenges and BIM-based solutions: perspectives from the schedule, cost, quality, and safety management. Asian J Civ Eng 24, 353–389 (2023).

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