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The research was successful on proving that BIM is a relevant tool for Project Managers because the benefits found in projects using BIM outnumber the challenges, moreover the benefits found are in line with the role expected from a Project Manager, as defined in the different knowledge areas of the PMBOK.

The literature showed a need for better integration of project teams and collaboration between all parties. It also showed the need for a new way of dealing with information, moving from the document paradigm to the Project Integrated Database paradigm. The information analysed pointed in the direction that BIM could be the tool that allowed this better integration of teams and of information. The research study pursued based on that has shown that it does, with Communication and Coordination as two of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) showing more benefits due to the use of BIM in construction projects.

Key Performance Indicator

Total mentions

Total number of projects

% of total projects

Total mentions

Total number of projects

% of total projects

Cost Reduction or Control Time Reduction or Control Communication Improvement Coordination Improvement Quality Increase or Control Negative risk reduction Scope Clarification Organization Improvement Software issues

29 17 15 14 13 8 3 2 0

21 12 13 12 12 6 3 2 0

60.00% 34.29% 37.14% 34.29% 34.29% 17.14% 8.57% 5.71% 0.00%

3 4 0 7 0 2 0 2 9

2 3 0 3 0 1 0 2 7

5,71% 8,57% 0,00% 8,57% 0,00% 2,86% 0,00% 5,71% 20,00%

Paral.lel to the research question several objectives were defined, the first objective was to identify in which aspects BIM is showing more benefits for construction projects. Added to the already mentioned Communication and Coordination benefits, Cost, Time and Quality Improvement were the other three KPIs proven to have more beneficial influence from BIM in projects.

Table 01. The PM KPI ranking of BIM use Positive perception

Negative perception

Comparing the main benefits of BIM implementation with the role of the Project Manager was the second objective of this research. The traditional Iron Triangle was used. Having Time, Cost and Quality as a major aspect in which BIM is showing positive effects, proved the relevance of BIM for PM practitioners. The study also used Atkinson‘s (1999) Square Route principle and showed that BIM is clearly helping in 2 of the 4 corners of Atkinson‘s concept for Project Management Success Factors.

Master Thesis IPM HfT Stuttgart - WS 2010

Martí Broquetas Using BIM as a Project Management Tool

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