BIM-Stations: What It Is and How It Can Be Used to Implement Lean Principles

Aleksander Vestermo1, Vegar Murvold2, Fredrik Svalestuen3, Jardar Lohne4 & Ola Lædre5

1M.Sc., Dept. of Civil and Transport Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, +47 928 41 916, aleksave@stud.ntnu.no
2M.Sc., Dept. of Civil and Transport Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, +47 918 13 994, vegarmu@stud.ntnu.no
3Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Civil and Transport Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)/Veidekke Entreprenør AS, Norway, +47 986 73 172, fredrik.svalestuen@ntnu.no
4Research scientist, dr. art., Department of Civil and Transport Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
5Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Transport Engineering, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, +47 911 89 938, ola.ladre@ntnu.no

Abstract

Companies are starting to use BIM and Lean processes simultaneously to create predictable workflows. Contractors are taking BIM from the office and making it an on-site tool in the production phase. This is a relatively new approach to on-site production control, and there seems to be a lack of research regarding BIM-stations on-site. This paper explores 1) what a BIM-station is and 2) how it can be used to implement lean principles. The research is based on an extensive literature review and 10 general in-depth interviews of personnel from different management levels within five contractors. According to the research carried out, a BIM-station can best be characterized as an on-site information-tool. The BIM-station is set up so the project participants can use it for an easy and constant access to an up-to-date BIM-model and drawings. Using a matrix that links BIM-station functions with lean construction principles, 12 interactions have been identified. So far, very few projects have used BIM-stations, limiting the number of easily available cases. However, the analysis is presented so that it may be used to create a better understanding for companies wanting to implement BIM-stations and/or lean.

Keywords

Building information modeling, BIM-station, BIM on site, Lean principles, Implementation

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Vestermo, A. , Murvold, V. , Svalestuen, F. , Lohne, J. & Lædre, O. 2016, 'BIM-Stations: What It Is and How It Can Be Used to Implement Lean Principles' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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