Using Building Information Modelling to achieve Lean principles by improving efficiency of work teams

Xun Zhang, Salman Azhar, Abid Nadeem, Malik Khalfan

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    Abstract

    Both Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean principles have significant impact on efficiency and effectiveness during a project development process within the construction industry. It is widely accepted that BIM can be used as a tool to help reduce project cost; shorten project duration by optimizing the construction sequence; improving the coordination of project teams; providing communication platform for different disciplines; etc. A further exploration can be made to find out whether BIM can be used as a tool to help project teams to achieve the Lean principles. In this research, a hypothesis was developed to validate if BIM can be used as a tool to achieve the principles of Lean construction by improving the construction productivity during a project. Several metrics were investigated to measure the contributions of BIM towards project productivity. By analysing a case study, this paper explores the connection between BIM and Lean principles; the contribution of BIM in the improvement of coordination and collaboration of work teams; enhancement of project quality; and reduction of waste and cost.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)293-300
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 4 Jul 2018

    Keywords

    • Building Information Modelling
    • construction projects
    • Lean construction

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