Analysis Framework for the Interaction Between Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling

Rafael Sacks1, Bhargav A. Dave2, Lauri Koskela3 & Robert Owen4

1Associate Professor, Faculty of Civil and Env. Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel Phone +972-4-8293190, cvsacks@techunix.technion.ac.il
2Research Fellow, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK, Phone +44-161-2953431, b.dave@salford.ac.uk
3Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK Phone +44-161- 2956378, l.j.koskela@salford.ac.uk
4Senior Research Fellow, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK, Phone +44-161-2954143, r.l.owen@salford.ac.uk

Abstract

Building with Building Information Modelling (BIM) changes design and production processes. But can BIM be used to support process changes designed according to lean production and lean construction principles? To begin to answer this question we provide a conceptual analysis of the interaction of lean construction and BIM for improving construction. This was investigated by compiling a detailed listing of lean construction principles and BIM functionalities which are relevant from this perspective. These were drawn from a detailed literature survey. A research framework for analysis of the interaction between lean and BIM was then compiled. The goal of the framework is to both guide and stimulate research; as such, the approach adopted up to this point is constructive. Ongoing research has identified 55 such interactions, the majority of which show positive synergy between the two.

Keywords

Building information modelling, information flow, lean construction.

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Sacks, R. , Dave, B.A. , Koskela, L. & Owen, R. 2009, 'Analysis Framework for the Interaction Between Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling' In:, Cuperus, Y. & Hirota, E.H., 17th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Taipei, Taiwan, 15-17 Jul 2009. pp 221-234

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