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Integration of BIM and Construction Supply Chain Through Supply Chain Management; An Information Flow Model

  • A. P. RathnasingheEmail author
  • M. K. C. S. Wijewickrama
  • U. Kulatunga
  • H. S. Jayasena
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 44)

Abstract

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a revolutionary stride of technology in the orthodox construction and procedures in conventional Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry which is stressed upon for its delay on embracing new technologies. The strength of BIM has been disvalued in the eyes of many professionals, to think of BIM as just another ‘software’ which is in reality, a ‘process’ of attaining an outstanding collaboration among each and every stakeholder throughout a project’s life cycle. Hence, the philosophy of Supply Chain Management (SCM) in a construction project can be achieved effectively with the BIM’s promise of flexible and transparent interaction among Construction Supply Chain (CSC) contributors. However, the complexities in CSC of a conservative setup has been more composite with the intervention of BIM. Consequently, the BIM project stakeholders have encountered complications on the effective application of BIM on CSC while reaching the envisioned goals of BIM. Thus, the intention of this study is to develop a foreseeable information flow model related to construction supply chain in a BIM aided project. In order to attain the aim, an extensive literature synthesis was piloted to develop a conceptual informational flow model among CSC stakeholders of a BIM project. This contemporary research outlines that the CSC of a BIM project is much interactive and flexible with its collaborative effort of stakeholders when compared to the clashes among professionals in traditional setups. In a practical context, the roles and duties of BIM project stakeholders identified in BIM standards, have slightly differed due to real-world complications in construction industry. Besides that, BIM standards have laid down charismatic arrangements on information flows among BIM project stakeholders, which is in reality, a complex and random setup. Hence, the research outcome has successfully answered the complications by laying down guidelines for any outsider to the BIM field to recognise what would be the contribution of each stakeholder throughout the BIM project’s life cycle.

Keywords

Building Information Modelling (BIM) PAS1192:2 Construction Supply Chain (CSC) BIM project stakeholders Supply chain information flows 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. Rathnasinghe
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. K. C. S. Wijewickrama
    • 1
  • U. Kulatunga
    • 1
  • H. S. Jayasena
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Building EconomicsUniversity of MoratuwaMoratuwaSri Lanka

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