From Traditional Construction Industry Process Management to Building Lifecycle Management

  • Ada MalagninoEmail author
  • Giovanna Mangialardi
  • Giorgio Zavarise
  • Angelo Corallo
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 517)


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an innovative approach based on a virtual model, which allows to manage all the information about the building. This approach is applicable to all the phases of the building process, but many surveys show the lack of BIM implementation in the use e maintenance phases. The BIM use in the management phase represents a unexpressed potentiality, a differentiating factor compared to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), a holistic approach able to oversee the whole life cycle of a product and the information connected with it, widespread and consolidated in the manufacturing sector. Starting from this assumptions, in an empirical study, the paper presents a qualitative investigation into the current situation of the processes management of the constructed heritage in a French real estate company. The case study proposes the integration of the PLM and BIM approaches, that could be defined as Building Lifecycle Management (BLM), in order to close the gap of the traditional method.


BIM PLM BLM Management AEC industry 



The elaboration of this paper has been possible thanks to I3F, that permitted the study of its activities and gives useful information. We would like to thank Mariangela Lazoi, researcher at University of Salento, for her advice as regards PLM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ada Malagnino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giovanna Mangialardi
    • 1
  • Giorgio Zavarise
    • 1
  • Angelo Corallo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering for InnovationUniversity of SalentoLecceItaly

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