BIM standardisation and its effect on project delivery in the Australian civil design and construction industry

Thrower, Ryan (2021) BIM standardisation and its effect on project delivery in the Australian civil design and construction industry. [USQ Project]

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There is little guidance available in the adoption and use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the delivery of Australian civil infrastructure projects, including difficulties arising from inconsistencies in the new terminology and standards. According to Schafermeyer and Rosenkranz (2011) there is a high possibility that a nation develops a "constellation of fragmented approaches" if BIM policy processes are reliant on in-house handbooks. This research project explores past studies by way of an extensive academic and industry literature review covering BIM concepts, the benefits and barriers to its adoption and global trends in BIM standardisation, as well as employing a quantitative methodology approach to identify the effect that BIM standardisation and adoption practices has on project delivery.

A survey questionnaire was designed and distributed to 150 stakeholders, consisting of BIM managers, engineers, CAD technicians and other stakeholders, from within the Australian civil design and construction industry to accomplish the outcomes of this project. The research data collected has been analysed using the Relative Importance Index method, and a synthesis of the findings compiled. Key quantitative findings have shown that there is a lack of uniform adoption of certain standards within the industry, noting that the majority of respondents agree that the lack of standardised protocols creates obstacles to the adoption and use of BIM. Training is absolutely essential for the purpose of achieving the successful adoption and use of BIM and to respond to the demand of a growing industry, in the face of inconsistency. Training must not just concentrate on BIM technology, it must also concentrate on the enforcement of standards, and a general strategy concerning data management and project delivery.

This research project is concluded with a reflection on the goal of the project and discusses the strengths and limitations of the research. Recognition of further work to bridge the knowledge gap is also discussed.

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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 04:58
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling, BIM, standardisation, adoption

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