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Building information modelling and its effect on off-site construction in UK civil engineering

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posted on 19.09.2014 by Vasileios Vernikos, Chris Goodier, T.W. Broyd, P.C. Robery, Alistair Gibb
In 2011, the UK government mandated that, by March 2016, all public-sector construction projects would be undertaken within a three-dimensional building information model (BIM) environment. This has caused both construction procurers and providers to embark on a journey towards universal BIM adoption, including the integration of BIM within a revised construction process. In addition, off-site construction has seen significant development in the building sector in the past decade; however, in infrastructure, off-site constructionoff-site construction exploitation has been more limited. This paper presents findings from UK-focused research into how innovation initiatives such as BIM and off-site construction can and need to be considered together, thus allowing leaner design, a greater integration of lifetime project data and more novel technical solutions. Key themes that emerged from the thematic analysis of the interviews show the importance of configuration and interface management; information data flow; project management and delivery; procurement and contracts. The analysis outlines the benefits of utilising off-site construction within a BIM environment, the challenges currently facing the supply chain, and recommendations are made as to how best to implement the emergent benefits.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Proceedings of the institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law

Volume

167

Issue

MP3

Pages

152 - 159 (7)

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VERNIKOS, V.K. ... et al., 2014. Building information modelling and its effect on off-site construction in UK civil engineering. Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law, 167 (MP3), pp. 152 - 159.

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© Thomas Telford Ltd (ICE Publishing)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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2014

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This article was published in the journal, Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law [© Thomas Telford Ltd.] and the website is at: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/mpal

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1751-4304

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en

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