Extending the Interaction of Building Information modeling and lean construction

Pedram Oskouie1, David J. Gerber2, Thais Alves3 & Burcin Becerik-Gerber4

1Graduate Student, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engrg., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA, Phone +1 (213) 572-9373, oskouie@usc.edu
2Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, WAH 316, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA, Phone +1 (617) 794- 7367, dgerber@usc.edu
3Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA, Phone +1 (619) 594- 8289, talves@mail.sdsu.edu
4Assistant Professor, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAP 224C, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA, Phone +1 (213)- 740- 4383, becerik@usc.edu

Abstract

BIM intrinsically provides many features and methodologies to eliminate waste, promote a streamlined flow of work and the delivery of value to internal and external customers. This study builds on an existing interaction matrix of lean principles and BIM functionalities and explores new interactions between these two. The study also aims to expand the existing matrix by discerning new and uncovered BIM functionalities and lean construction principles. In an attempt to pinpoint new interactions, researchers have identified academic and industry based projects, which have integrated BIM methodologies and have employed lean concepts. The research then integrated these new projects to the interaction matrix to further understand how BIM contributes lean construction and how coupling BIM and Lean Construction may affect projects in terms of time, cost and value. The nurturing proposition of this research is that BIM functionalities are still largely unexplored, especially those related to the operation and maintenance stages of a facility. Their link to the Lean Construction theory may actually help promote an informed use of BIM for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner industry and to promote more effective transformation, flow and value generation throughout the life cycle of construction projects.`

Keywords

Lean Construction, Building Information Modeling, BIM and Lean Interaction Matrix

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Reference

Oskouie, P. , Gerber, D.J. , Alves, T. & Becerik-Gerber, B. 2012, 'Extending the Interaction of Building Information modeling and lean construction' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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