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Developing Framework for Managing Building Information Modelling Processes

By Oluseye Olugboyega

Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Abstract                                                                                                         

The processes of BIM require a team approach and put a great deal of responsibilities on the participants. A coordinator or manager is required to ensure that these huge responsibilities and expectations are delivered by the participants. The potential benefits of BIM cannot be fully realized without the management of BIM processes. This paper attempts to develop a framework for BIM management with a view to describing the principles of BIM management and duties of a BIM manager at various stages of a project. Theories on roles of a BIM manager and the information contents of a BIM Implementation Programme were analysed in order to determine the concepts of BIM management. These information contents were summarized into BIM protocol plan, change management plan, collaboration and communication plan, and database management plan. The conceptual framework for managing BIM processes was developed from the findings in the theoretical framework. Three phases of work, that is, conceptual design stage, planning and construction stage, and operation and maintenance stage, were identified for projects. The study concludes that BIM management should centre on BIM implementation programme which should be composed of BIM protocols plan, change management plan, collaboration and communication plan, and database management plan.

Keywords: Building Information Modelling, BIM Implementation Programme, BIM Management, BIM protocols plan, change management plan, collaboration and communication plan, database management plan.

  1. Introduction

Building Information Modelling (BIM) management is the process of facilitating BIM and it is vital to the achievement of objectives of BIM and the realization of the benefits of BIM. BIM management entails the management of the BIM process and it is the way to achieve BIM goals and benefits (Quigley, 2013). The processes of BIM require a team approach and put a great deal of responsibilities and expectations on the participants. A coordinator or manager is required to ensure that these huge responsibilities and expectations are delivered by the participants (the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2013).

Collaboration and interoperability are the hallmark of BIM; however, they cannot happen by mere adoption of BIM. Also, in a BIM-based project, team members must speak a common language, and roles and responsibilities must be assigned to specific individuals or organizations (Quigley, 2013). Hence, the management of BIM processes becomes imperative.

Currently, builders and construction managers are taking a lead role in the management of BIM processes because they have the most immediate need for the information models (The Association of General Contractors in America, 2013). Quigley (2013) suggested that BIM management role may be incorporated into the roles of the project manager or any other construction professionals with the knowledge of construction project management. Renato and Eduardo (2011) noted that BIM management should be the responsibilities of the construction manager or client’s representative so as not to overburden the project manager.

The potential benefits of BIM cannot be fully realized without the management of BIM processes. Even in the midst of controversies surrounding who should function as the BIM manager among the Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals, the concept of BIM and the responsibilities of a BIM manager need to be well-defined. Therefore, this paper attempts to develop a framework for BIM management with a view to describing the principles of BIM management and duties of a BIM manager at various stages of a project.

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About the Author


Oluseye OLUGBOYEGA

Ile-Ife, Nigeria

 


Mr. Oluseye OLUGBOYEGA is a first class graduate of the Department of Building at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Building and Master of Science degree in Construction Management. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Building, Obafemi Awolowo University and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Building. He can be contacted at [email protected]