Investigation of Potential Benefits of BIM to Provide Efficiencies in the AEC Industry

Eager, Drew (2021) Investigation of Potential Benefits of BIM to Provide Efficiencies in the AEC Industry. [USQ Project]

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This research project was undertaken to understand the benefits and efficiencies that can be achieved with Building Information Modelling (BIM) and integrating the BIM methodology into an Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) organisation.

BIM technology has existed for many years, though its widespread adoption into the AEC industry has only occurred in the last decade. It has already had a significant influence on the construction method.

BIM is a process for designing and managing construction projects. This collaborative approach enables stakeholders to engage more effectively, resulting in better project decisions. The BIM process can enable better design and construction, but its benefits extend throughout a building's full life cycle.

BIM has been lauded as a viable technology and approach for tackling the industry's traditional challenges. Certain areas of the industry still lag in adoption rates and full integration into the AEC industry is yet to be achieved.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the advantages of BIM adoption. A literature review and analysis of the findings has been carried out. A case study analysis of a small to medium sized engineering (SME) firm has been conducted.

The literature review found the benefits for organisations that use the BIM methodology are well represented for larger organisations. A gap in the research was identified where SMEs were concerned.

SME businesses comprise most of the construction sector. But are underrepresented in the research on BIM. The case study enabled a better picture of how the BIM methodology is used in an SME.

Recommendations have been made to do more study in the field of small to medium-sized businesses.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 01:16
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2023 23:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling, BIM, Architecture Engineering and Construction, AEC, construction, project management, small to medium sized engineering, SME, business

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