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Summary

Building Information Modelling [BIM] is the most commonly used term to describe a set of parametric tools and processes for the creation and maintenance of an integrated collaborative database of multi-dimensional information regarding the design, construction and/or operations of a building, with the purpose of improving collaboration between stakeholders, reducing the time needed for documentation of the project and producing more predictable project outcomes.

Company External

Rules and Regulations

Building; Helth and Safety; Planning

Functional Description

BIM Software

Functions Calculations Requirement Demolition Reconstruction

Architectural, structural/civil engineering; building services

Reuse

Virtual Reality Modeling Language

Refursbishment Demolition Reconstruction

(VRML) Visualization 3D Models

Facility Management

Simulation

Renting, sale and use Maintenance Warranty

4D

Comfort Air, heating Life-cycle costs Light; sound; insulation; use; fire; environmental impact; life expectancy

Schedules Logistics

Desciption Including Cost Estimates

Sourcing

Figure 01 A Fully Functional BIM (after BSI, 2010)

Product Database Pricing Database

Although the rates of companies adopting BIM (McGraw-Hill, 2010a) and the research about the topic has been steadily increasing in recent years, there is very few literature analysing the topic from the Project Management point of view.

To try to fill this void, this dissertation attempted to analyse BIM from the Project Management point of view. The research started with the mission to answer a double research question: ―Is BIM a Project Management Tool? How can BIM help Project Managers succeed in delivering complex construction projects?‖ To answer this, the author analyzed relevant literature, analyzed the benefits of implementing BIM in 35 different construction projects and reviewed the opinions of AEC professionals collected through questionnaires.

Master Thesis IPM HfT Stuttgart - WS 2010

Martí Broquetas Using BIM as a Project Management Tool

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